Salisbury State suspends two for quarterfinal

May 10, 1996|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,SUN STAFF

Salisbury State will be missing two-thirds of its starting attack unit for the opening round of the NCAA Division III lacrosse tournament. Coach Jim Berkman has suspended seniors Paul Smith and Mike Austin for Sunday's quarterfinal game against Roanoke College for "breaking a team rule." He would not comment further on the violation. The players will be reinstated if Salisbury reaches the semifinals next Sunday.

The Salisbury Daily Times reported yesterday that Smith and Austin, who are tied for third on the team in scoring with 66 points, were arrested in a bank parking lot beside Pickle's Pub on Route 13 in Salisbury at 2: 14 a.m. on April 28, and charged LTC with disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace. The players were taken by police to the Wicomico County Detention Center and later released after posting $1,000 bail. Their trial is scheduled for July 16 in Wicomico County's District Court.

When asked about the arrests, Berkman said, "No comment."

Smith, of Yorktown Heights, N.Y., was an honorable-mention All-American last year. He's only the fifth player in school history to accumulate more than 200 career points, and his four goals helped Salisbury defeat Nazareth last year, 22-13, for its second consecutive national championship.

This is the first year that Austin, of Syracuse, N.Y., has been a starter.

This is the second straight year that two starters have been disciplined before the tournament. Last spring, the university suspended defenseman Chris McQueeney and midfielder Adam Widener, and officials would not comment on the specifics.

"The timing isn't right any time a kid is suspended," Berkman said yesterday, "but every team has kids miss time during the season, whether it's for missing a practice or whatever. That stuff doesn't seem to be news."

Pub Date: 5/10/96

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