Mount de Sales, officials resolve lacrosse dispute

May 05, 1994|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writer

The controversy between Mount de Sales lacrosse coach Bill Held and the Baltimore Board of Officials for Women's Sports was resolved yesterday at a closed-door meeting between both parties and their attorneys.

Board officials now will work the Association of Independent Schools A Division Tournament quarterfinal game between Mount de Sales and Seton Keough, according to a press release from Mount de Sales athletic director Tony Kurek. The game is scheduled for 3:45 this afternoon at Mount de Sales. Rain forced a second postponement yesterday.

The first postponement came Tuesday when board officials refused to work the game with Held in attendance. The controversy reportedly arose from what board officials considered inappropriate conduct by Held during a game last week. Although Held admitted that he yelled at officials a lot that day, he said banishment from games would have been too stiff a penalty. Mount de Sales Academy officials backed him.

Yesterday's meeting at Mount de Sales brought together Sister Robert Anne, O.P., headmistress of Mount de Sales Academy; Held; James P. Gillece, Jr., attorney for Mount de Sales; Brenda Gelston, executive director of the Baltimore Board; and Louis J. Weinkam Sr., attorney for the Board.

Although both sides agreed not to release any specific details of the meeting, they did say that all disputes were resolved and that the Baltimore Board withdrew its objection to officiating Sailors lacrosse games.

"I greatly appreciated the opportunity to meet with Sister Robert Anne and coach Held," Gelston said in the release. "I am truly pleased that the differences between us have been resolved and am delighted that our organization will continue to provide officials for the AIS tournament. I wish to stress that our entire organization continues to have the utmost respect for Mount de Sales Academy."

Said Sister Robert Anne: "We're delighted to have had the chance to meet with Ms. Gelston and Mr. Weinkam and resolve the misunderstanding which caused [Wednesday's] game postponement."

Because of the postponements, the semifinal game in Mount de Sales' half of the AIS A Division Tournament bracket has been pushed back to tomorrow.

The winner of today's game will play No. 12 Notre Dame Prep tomorrow at 3:45 p.m. If the No. 7 Sailors win, they will play host to the game. If Seton Keough wins, the game will be played at Notre Dame Prep.

In the other half of the bracket, No. 2 Roland Park will play host to No. 14 Bryn Mawr in a semifinal game at 3:45 p.m. today.

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