– LAX players discuss a stellar season, the road to the NCAA Championship and the heartbreaking loss to Ohio State, 11-10, in the semifinals.

Kudos to Nadelen

“It was an honor to play under Coach Nadelen. Besides my parents, there are few people who have made a significant impact on my life like Coach Nads has. He tells us, ‘Always leave something better then you found it.’ There is no doubt that I am a better person than I was four years ago because I played under him. He taught me a lot of valuable lessons over my career both on and off the field. I can’t thank him enough for all that he has done.”

Attacker Tyler Konen, biology major

“Playing for Coach Nadelen was a huge honor. He’s taught us not only lacrosse skills but also life skills. How to handle adversity and how to hold each other accountable is definitely something he [conveyed] to us over four years.”

Midfielder Mike Lynch, sports management major

A Pivotal Moment

“Beating [sixth-ranked] Hopkins was really good for us [as a No.17 team.] The [back-to-back] home wins this year really fired us up.”

Long stick midfielder Tyler Mayes, business administration major and 2016 Joseph Ferrante scholarship winner

The Senior Squad

“These guys really showed me their fight, their willingness to just, regardless of the circumstances, regardless of the adversity, push through. This senior class definitely is a special one in our hearts as a staff.”

Head Coach Shawn Nadelen as told to Inside Lacrosse May 27.

CAA Threepeat

The team claimed its third-straight CAA crown when the top-seeded Tigers (10-4) knocked off fourth-seeded UMass 9-4 May6 at Unitas Stadium. The win also gave the team a ticket to the NCAA Tournament for a third straight season.

Attacker Tyler Konen

Team Chemistry

“This was by far the closest team I have ever been a part of. I love all these guys and would do anything in my power to help them out, and I know they would do the same for me. This mutual understanding was established over the course of the fall both on and off the field and it is definitely why we were able to be so successful this year. We all just trusted each other to do the right thing and go all out on the field. It gave us some real confidence heading into the postseason. I would give anything to have another year with these guys.”

Attacker Tyler Konen, biology major

Major League Draftees

Six of the 11 senior class members from the 2017 squad were drafted to various MLL franchises: Jack Adams/ Charlotte Hounds; Ryan Drenner/ Florida Launch; Joe Seider/Ohio Machine; Tyler Mayes/Charolotte Hounds; Tyler Young/Charlotte Hounds and Mike Lynch/Florida Launch.

The Underdog Mentality

“The underdog attitude that every day we had to prove how good we were and that we really are a legitimate program definitely helped us achieve the things we did. That kept us on track, kept us motivated to keep working hard. The results paid off in the end with the championship weekend appearance.”

Goalie Matt Hoy, business administration major

Heartbreak

“A missed opportunity against Ohio State was a real stinger. We could have pulled the game to one point … that in the end could have been a wonderful tie game in the last play of the game when we were on offense. That is something I’m going to remember for the rest of my life.”

Midfielder Matt Wylly, international business major

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