Rob Pannell, a Smithtown native, scores goals for a living as a starting attackman for the New York Lizards. The 5-foot, 10-inch Ivy League graduate outsmarts, outmaneuvers and outpaces towering defenders in route to the cage. Now in his third Major League Lacrosse season, Rob Pannell has become a goalie’s nemesis.
Rob Pannell, Attackman Extraordinaire
Rob Pannell, who was the first overall pick in the 2012 MLL draft, is off to a quick start this season. In the Lizards first eight games, the star attackman averaged three goals a game. With 24 goals and 18 assists, RP3l is tied for first place in points scored in the league.
RP3’s breakout season for the Lizards is no fluke. While at Cornell, he received the 2013 Tewaaraton Award, which is given to the best collegiate lacrosse player in the country. That same year, he broke the NCAA record for most career points scored. The four-time NCAA All-American was also a member of Team USA in 2014.
A three-year varsity lacrosse player at Smithtown High School West, Rob Pannell scored 130 his senior year. He was selected to the 2007 high school All-American team. After graduation, he attended a post-graduate year at Deerfield Academy, where he set a school record for points scored in a single season.
Elements of a Scoring Champion
RP3’s flood of goals and assists don’t come by accident. By combining different skills and roles on the field, he has been able to rise above the rest at every level. RP3 has a method to his scoring madness.
- First, he steps to the goal and points his foot at his target.
- Then, he transfers his weight with his legs and transfers that power to his upper body.
- Next, his stick comes from behind his body and over the top.
- As he winds up and his forward motion begins, he points his butt end at the target.
- Finally, he pulls the stick down and around his body.
RP3, like other attackmen, is not just a scorer. He racks up plenty of assists by feeding the ball to other players. Attackman dodge in and out of defenders looking for an alley to pass the ball. Spinning back and forth while cradling the ball, attackmen looking for openings in the defense to allow teammates to launch shots on the goal.
As the Lizards remain undefeated, RP3’s winning ways continued with a selection to the 2015 MLL All-Star Team. The attackman extraordinaire added to his impressive resume with a nasty behind the back goal.