Two members of Towson State's fourth-ranked lacrosse team who missed last week's game at Villanova also will miss Saturday's contest against No. 7 Maryland while they serve the remainder of a two-game suspension levied by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
Bill Hunter, Towson State's athletic director, said that senior attackman Glenn Smith and junior midfielder Lindsay Dixon were suspended because they participated in the Visa Choice Classic in the fall of 1989 while they were ineligible to play sports for the school.
Smith, the Tigers' all-time leading scorer, with 110 goals, was entered in the university's continuing studies program and therefore not considered an undergraduate student, making him ineligible for the two games.
Dixon, who had 17 goals and 16 assists last season, was ineligible for the fall of 1989 because his course load was below the minimum for a full-time student.
Hunter described both infractions as "falling through the cracks" and said the Towson athletic department would have had "no way" to spot the infractions before the players played in the games. He said the university had reported the incidents to the NCAA, and it was the NCAA's ruling, not the school's, that the players would miss the season's first two games.
Hunter said: "We'd rather be without [Smith and Dixon] for the first two games rather than the last two or the [NCAA Division I] playoffs."
The Tigers (1-0), playing without Smith (Boys' Latin) and Dixon (Broadneck), beat Villanova, 18-9, Saturday.