Terps player, assistant suspended Connor to miss 1 game in '99 NCAA tournament

aide Marr may miss 2

November 12, 1998|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The NCAA has suspended Maryland defenseman Casey Connor and offensive coordinator Scott Marr from the Terrapins' first appearance in the 1999 NCAA tournament for unsportsmanlike behavior in the national championship game on May 25, according to several college lacrosse sources.

Connor, a junior from Calvert Hall who was an honorable mention All-American, will have to sit out only the Terrapins' first postseason game as a result of throwing a penalty flag at the Princeton band in the fourth quarter of Maryland's 15-5 loss to the Tigers.

Marr, who is in his fourth year with Maryland, will miss as many as two games for excessive cursing around the scorer's table. During this past summer, he was one of four finalists for the coaching vacancy at his alma mater, Johns Hopkins.

Maryland coach Dick Edell could not be reached for comment last night.

The NCAA's ruling also involved a public reprimand of attackman Andrew Whipple and defensive midfielder Brian Reese, both of whom were seniors on last season's team, for their confrontations with officials as well as a reduction of the Terps' earnings for the championship appearance.

The initial single-game penalty included second-team All-American attackman Scott Hochstadt, a senior out of Boys' Latin. However, Maryland's appeal was only recently accepted by the NCAA due to a lack of evidence on his alleged misconduct.

It is believed to be the first NCAA-sanctioned ruling involving a suspension from a playoff lacrosse game since 1993, when North Carolina coach Dave Klarmann was disciplined for one game after excessive arguing with officials.

Maryland ended its winningest season in school history in May with its third national championship game appearance in four years.

However, the Terps' frustration surfaced in the fourth quarter against Princeton. They committed seven penalties in the final 6: 11. At one point, officials flagged Connor, Reese and Whipple in a matter of seconds for unsportsmanlike behavior.

By game's end, Maryland was flagged 11 times.

"I apologized to [Princeton coach] Billy Tierney at the end of the game and told him that I didn't want to mar their day in any way," Edell said after the game. "I felt we handled it poorly, but it was the frustration of such great expectations and such futile results."

Pub Date: 11/12/98

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