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Syracuse fifth-year senior defenseman Nick Mellen has announced that his career at Syracuse is over, as he will not be taking advantage of the extra year of eligibility that the NCAA has granted spring sport athletes. He made the announcement via Instagram on Monday night.
“These past 5 years have been some of the most valuable years of my life.” Mellen said in a statement posted on Syracuse’s Twitter. “It’s bitter/sweet the way this all ended. You always want to be able to say you went out on top.”
Mellen is the third senior to officially announce that they will not be taking an extra year, joining Virginia’s Michael Kraus and Penn State’s Grant Ament. Mellen and Kraus are the only two seniors in the ACC that have announced their decision to not return for an extra season, so far.
A Syracuse, N.Y. native and West Genesee product, Mellen has been one of the premier defenders in college lacrosse since his freshman season in 2016. He ends his career with a total of 55 caused turnovers and 101 ground balls.
Mellen has battled injuries throughout his college career, taking a medical redshirt in 2017 and only appearing in the Orange’s season opening win over Colgate in 2020. He missed the rest of the season with a leg injury, which he sustained in that win over Colgate.
During his career at Syracuse, Mellen was named a USILA All-American and Inside Lacrosse All-American twice. His 55 career ground balls puts him at fifth in program history for career ground balls.