June 3, 2011

New Towson Coach Nadelen Retires from MLL

from press release

TOWSON, Md. – After a stellar 11-year career, Towson University head men's lacrosse coach Shawn Nadelen has retired from playing for the defending Major League Lacrosse champion Chesapeake Bayhawks, it has been announced by MLL officials.

The only player to play for the Bayhawks during their entire 11-year existence, Nadelen led the Bayhawks to three MLL titles (2002, 2005, 2010) and five MLL Championship Game appearances during his career.

"I have had great fortune to be able to play for the Bayhawks for 11 years and I never took that for granted," Nadelen said. "I feel very blessed to have been able to play for the same team during my entire career. To be able to be with this organization and see the Bayhawks have the success they have had is very special to me."

The 15th overall selection in the 2001 MLL Collegiate Draft, Nadelen finishes his career as the Bayhawks' all-time leader with 95 career games played and ranks second in franchise history with 205 ground balls. In his 11-year career, Nadelen has also scored five goals with two assists.

In his rookie season, Nadelen helped the Bayhawks reach the MLL Championship Game by playing in seven games. He scored a goal with an assist while contributing six ground balls. During the Bayhawks' 2002 MLL championship season, Nadelen appeared in 12 of 14 games and scored three goals while recording 27 ground balls.

Nadelen played in 10 games and tallied an assist in 2003 while recording a career-high 31 ground balls as the Bayhawks reached the MLL Championship Game for the third straight year. He appeared in nine games during the 2004 season while helping the Bayhawks reach the MLL semi-finals before falling to Boston.

In 2005, Nadelen played in all 12 games as the Bayhawks posted a 10-2 record and won their second MLL title. An All-MLL Team selection, he also had 22 ground balls for the Bayhawks, who defeated Long Island to win the MLL title. He also appeared in the 2005 MLL All-Star Game.

"The 2005 team was very special and I would put that team up against any team at any level as one of the best teams of all time," Nadelen said.

Nadelen played in all 12 games during the 2006 season for the Bayhawks and contributed 27 ground balls before appearing in nine games in 2007 as the Bayhawks moved from Baltimore to Washington, D.C.

In 2008, Nadelen appeared in all 12 games and tallied 30 ground balls. He played in nine games in 2009 and had 14 ground balls.

Despite missing most of last season with a knee injury, Nadelen managed to return and play in two regular season games and both postseason games as the Bayhawks overcame a five-game losing streak to win their third MLL title after defeating Boston and Long Island in the play-offs.

In addition to his regular season success, Nadelen played in 11 postseason games and tallied 18 ground balls while leading the Bayhawks to an 8-3 record, including the three MLL titles. He also played in three MLL All-Star Games, including last year when he played for Team USA.

"It has been fun to go through the last 11 years," Nadelen said. "I have enjoyed going through the transition of being the young guy on the team who looks up to players like Tom Marechek, Mark Millon and Mark Frye to being one of the older guys on the team and helping the younger guys get better."

In addition to his success in Major League Lacrosse, Nadelen also completed his 10th season as a player in the National Lacrosse League. He has played seven seasons for the Philadelphia Wings after stints with the New Jersey Storm and Minnesota Swarm.

One of his greatest highlights as a player came last summer when he recovered from a serious knee injury to help Team USA win the gold medal at the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships in England.

Nadelen just completed his seventh season at Towson and his second at the team's associate head coach and defensive coordinator. Since Nadelen arrived at Towson in 2004, he has sparked a defensive resurgence in which the Tigers have allowed an average of nine or fewer goals four times and finished among the nation's top 20 defenses twice, including this year when the Tigers allowed 8.23 goals per game, which ranked 15th in NCAA Division I.

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