Jun 24, 2015, 3:10 PM EDT
Defending CAA men’s lacrosse champion Towson University participated in a pretty cool event last week. Head Coach Shawn Nadelen and four of his Tigers took part in the Shootout of Soldiers. Thanks to our friends at Towson Athletic Media Relations for sharing the story below:
OWINGS MILLS, Md. – One of the most anticipated events on the summer lacrosse schedule, five members of the Towson men’s lacrosse team participated in the 2015 Shootout For Soldiers late last week. One game played over a 24-hour stretch, the Baltimore edition of the event was held at McDonough School June 17-18.
Head Coach Shawn Nadelendouble-dipped at the event, serving as a coach for the veterans’ game to open the event and played through the night from 3 a.m. through the 5 a.m. timeslot. Four current Tigers, Tyler White, Mike Lynch, Ryan Drenner, and Matt Wylly, played during the college players’ hour to round out the event.
“It was an honor coaching the veterans’ game to get the Baltimore Shootout for Soldiers event started. To witness the camaraderie, pride and competitiveness of the veterans was awesome,” said Nadelen of his time at the event. “Both of my grandfathers were in the armed forces and served overseas in World War II and I have always had the utmost respect for our military men and women as they sacrifice so much to all us the freedom we experience every day.
Despite nearly 18 hours of rain in the 24-hour stretch for the Shootout For Soldiers, the five Tigers were among 1,600 players to volunteer their time to play. During the 2015 edition, a record total of $201,130 was raised to benefit wounded American military members, with over 16,000 people in attendance to watch.
Close throughout the entire event, the Stars team edged the Stripes side 344-336 at W. Boulton Dixon Field at McDonough School.
“Being able to strap it up and play in a few games was a lot of fun. Playing alongside others that share my passion for the game of lacrosse as well as support for our nation’s military couldn’t have been more rewarding. We kept each other going in the rain between the hours of 3-6 a.m. and were able to stay true to the mission of playing for the soldiers and organizations the event is in support of,” said Nadelen. “Being able to raise awareness and money for our soldiers and their families through a sport that has given me so much is something I will always commit to.”
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