Through an extremely informed source, I learned that Tony Rossi was no longer at Stevenson, and is now enrolled at Essex Community College (an NJCAA school) in Maryland. Rossi missed the 2012 season for Stevenson due to an injury, but there were big expectations placed on his return. Head Coach Paul Cantabene verified that Rossi was gone when we contacted him:
Unfortunately Tony Rossi will be ineligible this year. Tony is a great kid who is making great strides as person and a student. We hope to have Tony Back next year and wish him all the luck this year in junior college. He will always be a part of our family and we will continue to support him in his goal of playing NCAA level lacrosse.
He gave a great effort in order to become eligible this year and shows he can become a great student/athlete in the future.
He will be a big pick up for Essex if he plays there!
We are also got word, which we confirmed, that Tony’s brother, Nick Rossi, is applying for a another year of eligibility. If he is granted the extra year, Stevenson doesn’t lose a step, replacing a Rossi with a Rossi. It’s obviously not that simple, but it would provide an additional boost to a still highly talented team.
Did I mention they had talent?
In other Stevenson transfer news, ex-Cortland player, Mark Panneton has become a Mustang. In 2011, Panneton had 16 goals and 2 assists for Cortland as a freshman, seeing time on man up. He did not play for Cortand in 2012, but this kid can rip the ball, and should provide an extra weapon in a couple of different ways.
Overall, a LOT of action at Stevenson right before the season starts, but it doesn’t look like the disruptive type. Is this the year?