Amid cloud, Atholton tops L. Reach, 17-10

Minus 3 seniors, coach after drinking incident, team regroups for win

High Schools

May 05, 2004|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Halley Boring had mixed emotions.

The senior attacker took pleasure in contributing six goals and three assists in the Atholton girls lacrosse team's 17-10 rout of host Long Reach yesterday. But her happiness waned in the wake of an announcement earlier in the day of the suspension of three senior teammates for drinking alcohol during a team scavenger hunt Friday and the removal of their coach Monday.

"It's been really hard," Boring, a co-captain, said of the past four days. "We do forgive [the suspended athletes]. It hurts us more to know that they can't go to the prom or walk at graduation."

Patti Caplan, a school system spokeswoman, confirmed that the three players involved in the incident were suspended from school for no fewer than five days.

Caplan said the athletes also would have to take mandatory counseling sessions and would not be allowed to participate in any extracurricular or school-related activities for 70 days.

That means that the players will not be allowed to attend Saturday's prom or participate at the June 1 graduation.

Yesterday's game was the second since the drinking incident occurred Friday during a scavenger hunt organized by former head coach Beth Mazanec.

Mazanec and her fiance, Chris Williams, an assistant coach, were relieved of their coaching duties 20 minutes before Monday's 11-9 loss against visiting Wilde Lake. JV coach Martie Browning has replaced Mazanec for the rest of the season.

Senior midfielder Chelsey Barrett said the team's mind-set is improving daily.

"We're all trying to pull together and be there for each other," she said. "We want to concentrate on the rest of the season."

Added senior defender and co-captain E.J. Goldman: "We're ready to play for each other and for the school."

Don Disney, the coordinator of athletics for the county, said the penalties are severe in hopes of deterring any repeated incidents in the future.

"I think it should open our eyes," he said. "The message should be that parents need to question their children and coaches need to hear what's going on with their players."

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