UM receiver Cruz charged in fight where man is cut

Teammate Kalapinski injured, too, father says

April 20, 1999|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Maryland football wide receiver Moises Cruz has been charged with assault by Prince George's County police in connection with a fight outside a popular College Park bar and restaurant Sunday night in which a man's face was cut with a bottle.

Cruz, a 21-year-old junior, was charged with misdemeanor first- and second-degree assault and released on his own recognizance. No trial date has been set.

A Maryland teammate of Cruz's, fullback Matt Kalapinski, was hit in the back of the head during the fight and went to a hospital, said Kalapinski's father, Paul, who spoke to his son last night.

Police said witnesses reported seeing Cruz throw a bottle at a man. The man was cut in the eye area, according to the police report.

Paul Kalapinski said his son came away from the fight with only a black eye when he fell on the street after being knocked out.

Paul Kalapinski said Matt and some of his teammates went to Terps Station after a lacrosse party Sunday night.

Maryland football coach Ron Vanderlinden said yesterday, "We are aware that an incident took place, but at this time there isn't a great deal of information. There is a departmental policy in place to handle these types of situations once the facts are known."

Cruz, from Seneca Valley High near Germantown, led Maryland in receptions his freshman year with 29 for 337 yards and one touchdown, and came back last season as a sophomore to catch 15 passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns. He was redshirted his first year at Maryland.

Kalapinski was the second-leading rusher for the Terps last season as a sophomore with 388 yards and three touchdowns and he also caught four passes for 97 yards and one touchdown.

Pub Date: 4/20/99

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