Cornell Welcomes Nine Newcomers for the 2009 Season

"JJ is a mature young man who is mentally and physically developed enough to play as soon he steps on campus," said Tambroni. "He has very good skills and athleticism, so hopefully he will learn a great deal from John Glynn and Max Seibald this next year and develop into that next generation of Cornell midfielder. He's a lefty with good athleticism, skill and game-sense who flows up and down the field very well."

A two-time high school All-American at St. Ignatius Prep, Lang was also selected to participate in the 2008 Under Armour All-America game. He was a three-year varsity letter winner, earning his team's MVP award as a senior captain. Lang led St. Ignatius Prep to back-to-back 19-1 seasons. As a senior, he scored 74 goals and added 25 assists as his team obtained a No. 1 ranking in California, a No. 2 ranking in the Western region, and a No. 16 ranking in the nation. The 2007 California Boys Player of the Year, Lange registered 77 goals and 27 assists as a junior. Lang also lettered twice in football and played two years of soccer, earning all-league and all-metro honors on the gridiron.

"Roy is a big, strong dodging midfielder that has excellent size and is coming to school with a Division I frame. Once he develops in the weight room physically and has a year under his belt, we think the sky is the limit in terms of his potential. He is an excellent prospect but he needs to develop more as a lacrosse player."

Langton earned three varsity letters at St. John's Prep, helping the team to a Catholic Conference championship in 2005 and 2006. He served as team captain as a senior and was named his team's MVP. Langton then lettered once at the Northfield Mount Hermon School, earning NEPSAC All-League honors. A gifted athlete, Langton was a four-year letter winner in track and field, setting the state record and earning All-American honors in the shuttle hurdle relay in 2006. Langton was a New England Champion and Class A State Champion in the 4x200-meter relay. He also lettered once in football and once wrestling and was named an All-New England wrestler for his performance at the 215-pound weight class.

"Chris will be one of the best athletes on our team this year in regards to his size and strength," said Tambroni. "He possess a Max Seibald-type physique in terms of his speed and strength. He has worked very hard in the weight room to develop himself physically and through repetition on the field, we think he's going to develop into a really good midfielder. His talent is raw, but what he lacks in lacrosse skill, he makes up for 10 times in athletic ability. He was a multi-sport athlete in high school and when he devotes himself solely lacrosse and his skills catch up to his athletic ability he's going to be a force to be reckoned with."

A 2008 high school All-American at the Salisbury School, McMichael lettered twice for the Crimson Knights, helping them to a 23-7 record over that span. He was also the recipient of the school's Sean Bowler Memorial Award. McMichael lettered four times at Monsignor Paul Dwyer Catholic HS, earning his team MVP award all four years. He helped his squad to the 2006 OFSAA championships. McMichael also earned four varsity letters in badminton and was named team MVP twice.

"Mitch is a big, strong left-handed midfielder who is very capable on the defensive end, but skilled enough to make the transition into the offensive end immediately," said Tambroni. "We think he is a very talented, contributing two-way middie."

Pannell earned three varsity letters at Smithtown HS West, earning All-American honors as a senior captain. He set the school record and led Long Island with 130 points (49 goals, 89 assists) in 2007. As a senior, Pannell earned his team's offensive MVP award and was named to Newsday's All-Long Island second-team. He was also the 2007 offensive MVP of the Suffolk County Exceptional Senior Game, and earned the Lou Antonetti Family & Service Scholarship Award. Pannell was also named All-Division as a junior. He spent one year at Deerfield Academy, where he lettered in both lacrosse and basketball. He set the school record for points in a season (99) and earned the Stewart Lindsay, Jr. Award for the Outstanding Attackman in Division I lacrosse. He also lettered once each in football, basketball and golf, earning Academic All-Division honors in football as a senior.

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2008-08-27



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