Suspensions limit McDonogh against Severn

March 27, 1996|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Eight top players from 10th-ranked McDonogh's boys lacrosse team have been suspended for seven games for violating school policy during a spring break trip through Virginia and North Carolina March 9-12.

The suspensions for drinking alcohol were handed down by school officials March 20 after an investigation into the incident that cut the trip to play a series of exhibitions and games short by four days.

McDonogh athletic director Jack McMullen said last night: "Sometimes good kids make bad decisions and many of them were the better players on the team. We discovered the problem that violated school policy on March 12 when we got to Virginia Beach. That's where we decided to circle the wagons and bring the kids home to regroup and let those involved face their punishment."

McMullen said the decision to suspend the players came after "we got the deans of the school involved and took time to get all the facts. We wanted to make a decision that wasn't too harsh but one where the kids would learn from their mistake."

The eight players were serving the third game of their suspensions yesterday while the Eagles were being blitzed by sixth-ranked and unbeaten Severn, 17-10, in an Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game at Severn.

It was the first loss of the season for the 5-1 Eagles.

Severn, led by four Ben Marchant goals and six Peter Janney assists, improved its record to 3-0.

McDonogh fell behind, 10-0, early in the second quarter before rallying behind the scoring of senior attackman Michael Paul (four goals, one assist) and freshman midfielder Matt Primm (three, one) to make it respectable.

The suspended players have now missed games against Loch Raven, Centennial and Severn and will be out for games against top-ranked St. Mary's, Bullis, Gilman and North Harford before returning April 6 against Oakland Mills.

"I'd rather talk about the kids who were here today and played their hearts out," said McDonogh coach Jack Reed. "We didn't convert on some one-and-ones early in the game and we got too far behind. But everybody gave 110 percent for us.

"Dan Cassell, Michael Paul and Mike Meyer are just a few players who had outstanding games for us."

Pub Date: 3/27/96

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