Virginia Men's Lacrosse received some devastating news on Friday when it was announced that third year attackman James Pannell will miss the remainder of the season.
According to a press release from VirginiaSports.com, Pannell injured his knee in practice on Thursday.
Pannell, the reigning ACC Offensive Player of the Week thanks to his six goal output against Cornell, has scored 11 goals this season and dished four assists. He has 73 points in his career so far, 57 of which are goals.
The news of his injury is a huge blow to the Wahoos as All-American defenseman Tanner Scales ruptured his achilles tendon in a pre-season scrimmage, leaving a gaping hole on the defense. In Scales's absence, walk-on turned senior captain Davi Sacco has excelled alongside first years Logan Greco and Scott Hooper.
Virginia will need players to step up similarly on the attack as the Cavaliers try to improve to 7-1 as they host No.4 Notre Dame in a crucial ACC matchup at noon on Saturday. Options on the attack include second year Canadian Joe French (one goal on one shot this season) or first year Mike D'Amario. The more likely option would involve moving midfielder Greg Coholan to the attack and starting Tyler German on the first midfield line with Zed Williams and Ryan Tucker.
Coach Starsia has retooled teams as required in the past (2011 National Championship team stands out) and has coached in 500 career Division I games, so this is not his first rodeo.
Best wishes to Pannell in a speedy recovery.