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Cornell's Rob Pannell Nominated for an ESPY

Cornell's Rob Pannell
Cornell's Rob Pannell

Courtesy of Cornell Athletic Communications

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BRISTOL, Conn. – Rising-senior Rob Pannell, the reigning USILA Player of the Year, has been nominated for a 2011 ESPY in the category of Best Male College Athlete. The ESPYs, an award show hosted by ESPN, is a celebration of the best sports moments and athletes of the year. The 2011 ESPYs will be hosted by Seth Meyers and will take place on Wednesday, July 13th at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, Calif.

Fans will have the chance to select the winners by voting online or by mobile device by July 9 at or on the ESPN Facebook page: Additionally, fans can follow the official ESPYs Twitter page: @ESPYs.

Joining Pannell in the Best Male College Athlete category is: Jimmer Fredette (BYU Basketball), Andy Miele (Miami-Ohio Hockey), Cam Newton (Auburn Football), and Kemba Walker (Connecticut Basketball).

In addition to being named the USILA Player of the Year, Pannell also repeated as the Jack Turnbull Award winner as the Division I national attackman of the year. He is a three-time All-American and is the reigning two-time Ivy League Player of the Year. He led the nation in points per game (5.24), while ranking second overall in assists per game (2.76), and 10th overall in goals per game (2.47). He was also the first Big Red player since 2001 to lead Cornell in points, goals and assists in the same season. Pannell owns the longest point-scoring streak in the nation, having registered at least one point in each of his 52 career games, and he has the most career assists (140) and career points (236) of any active player in Division I men's lacrosse.

The ESPYs and related events benefit the V Foundation for Cancer Research in memory of the late Jim Valvano.