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MM 4.23: Former Terp Tim Rotanz announces retirement from professional lacrosse

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LACROSSE: JUN 22 Premier Lacrosse League Baltimore Photo by Randy Litzinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The defending champs will be without one of their key pieces going into the second season of the Premier Lacrosse League.

Whipsnakes midfielder and former Maryland men’s lacrosse player Tim Rotanz announced his retirement Wednesday.

“Lacrosse has given me so much as a player but it is time to give my body a rest,” Rotanz said in an announcement on Twitter. “I am retiring from lacrosse but would like to thank all my teammates and coaches along this journey who got me to where I am today.

“I would like to thank [co-founders Paul and Mike Rabil] and the PLL for allowing me to be a part of something that will change the landscape of lacrosse forever. It was truly an unforgettable experience and for that I am eternally grateful.”

Rotanz — the 12th overall selection in the 2018 Major League Lacrosse Draft by the Charlotte Hounds — was a decorated player in College Park under head coach John Tillman with 67 goals and 42 assists in his time with the program. He earned All-American honorable mention honors in 2018, All-American Third Team honors in 2017 and Second Team All-Big Ten honors in 2017.

One of the Terp’s finest moments came in 2017 when he tallied a hat trick against Ohio State in the 2017 NCAA Lacrosse Championship game. Rotanz’s final goal came with 59 seconds left, pushing the Terps to a three-goal lead that allowed them to end a 42-year title drought.

The former Terp only spent one year in the PLL for its inaugural season before stepping away from the game.

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