Towson men’s lacrosse coach Shawn Nadelen to miss first two games due to NCAA violation

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Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun
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The Towson men’s lacrosse team will open the season Saturday at No. 6 Virginia, but will not have head coach Shawn Nadelen on the sideline.

The university announced Friday afternoon that Nadelen will serve a “self-imposed,” two-game suspension after the lacrosse program self-reported a violation of an unspecified NCAA compliance policy.

That means that the Tigers will play without Nadelen against the 2019 national champion Cavaliers or St. Joseph’s in the home opener at Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson on Feb. 13. Defensive coordinator Steve Grossi will run the team in Nadelen’s absence.

“No further statement about the violation will be made at this time,” the school said in a statement.

Nadelen, a Johns Hopkins graduate, has helmed the Tigers for nine seasons, compiling an 83-56 overall record. His teams have gone 24-18 in the Colonial Athletic Association and captured five conference tournament championships in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019 and three regular-season titles in 2016, 2017 and 2019. The 2017 squad advanced to the NCAA tournament semifinals for the first time since 2001 before falling to Ohio State, 11-10.

Nadelen will return for the team’s game against No. 1 Duke at home on Feb. 20.