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John Carroll JV girls soccer team suspended for unsportsmanlike conduct

Because of an unsportsmanlike act by some members of the John Carroll School girls JV soccer team, the team's final three games of the 2013 season were canceled.

Laura Lang, Director of Marketing and Constituent Relations at John Carroll, confirmed the suspension Wednesday. "It was just a disciplinary issue that was handled internally," Lang said. "We don't put up with any of that behavior."

That behavior occurred during the Patriots home game versus Notre Dame Prep on Oct. 15 in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland JV contest. The Patriots lost the game, 4-3.

An unspecified number of John Carroll players reportedly had initials written on their arms. It wasn't known at the time what the initials meant, but Lang said as word got out, the initials were referencing an unsportsmanlike issue.

When the issue became known, it was John Carroll Principal Madelyn Ball who was pro-active in dealing with the issue. Lang says Ball notified the IAAM, told them of the issue and how the school was dealing with it.

The team had its final three games canceled, thus ending its season at 3-6-2.

"It was tragic for the kids not involved," Lang said.

The offending players are also being punished, according to Lang, but said she's not allowed to disclose the punishment. Lang also noted that letters were sent to all parents with details of the infraction. The response from many were positive, she said.

"What was done was unsportsmanlike and we took care of the matter in our own discipline system," Athletic Director Larry Dukes said. "It's a learning experience about sportsmanship."

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