Washington College upholds suspension of 10 lacrosse players.

March 05, 1991|By Mike Preston

Ten Washington College lacrosse players, allegedly intoxicated while aboard a team van after a preseason scrimmage, had their suspensions upheld for the 1991 season, according to a school spokesman yesterday.

Meredith Davies, director of college relations, also announced yesterday seven of the players received disciplinary probation until the end of the fall semester. Also, all seven will have to participate in an orientation for "student-athletes."

Two of the remaining three players have been suspended, and the other dismissed from school, Davies said. The one player was dismissed because he violated a previous disciplinary probation.

The decisions on the athletes were made by an All-Campus Judiciary, composed of five faculty members and five students, which met with the athletes Thursday and Friday. The initial decision to suspend the players from the team was made by the athletic department after the incident, which occurred in mid-February after a scrimmage against Duke in North Carolina.

All questions yesterday were referred to Da

vies, who said a school policy prohibited her from releasing the names of students or athletes involved in any kind of disciplinary action.

But, according to an athletic department official, the 10 players were seniors Kevin Doyle (Loyola High, defender), Hank Miller (Loyola, midfielder), Steve Klein (Loyola, midfielder), Geoff Hall (midfielder) and Ron Council (Key School, attackman); juniors Michael Johnson (defender) and Nick D'Arcangelo (attackman); sophomores Brian Johnson (attackman) and Greg Mouracade (attackman), and freshman John Clayton.

Seven of the players were probable starters for the Shoremen, a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III power. Washington College, which lost two players earlier this season because of academic problems, played and lost in the division championship to Hobart last season. The Shoremen have a 34-13 record during the past three seasons and open their season Saturday at Johns Hopkins.

"This is a regretful incident," said Washington College lacrosse coach Terry Corcoran. "But we've just got to move on."

According to a statement released by the school, the incident took place on the evening of Feb. 17 as the van carrying 10 members of the men's lacrosse team was stopped by the North Carolina Highway Patrol for speeding. The patrol told the Kent County News that the van was clocked at 93 in a 65 mph zone.

The statement also said the driver of the van was arrested for driving while intoxicated and was later released after posting bond. The North Carolina highway patrol told the Kent County News that the driver's blood alchohol level was .10, the minimum content to be considered driving while impaired.

According to Kent County News, Washington College athletic director Geoff Miller said Doyle was driving the van, but switched seats with Mouracade before the officers approached the vehicle. Mouracade was charged with operating the van.

The highway patrol said 24 empty beer cans were discovered in the van along with four unopened 12-packs. Six of the players, according to the police report, were cooperative.

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