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Navy men's lacrosse coach Rick Sowell says charges against Voumard dropped

Charges against Navy junior midfielder Gabe Voumard related to a confrontation with a taxi driver last month have been dropped, coach Rick Sowell said Friday morning.

“All those charges were dropped – every last one of them,” Sowell said. “Obviously, things came out, but we knew the story was crazy. We’re excited, and he’s going to be a big part of our offense next year in his senior year. We’re expecting big things out of him, and we’re happy for him and his family, that all of this is behind him and that he can move on with his life and becoming the best lacrosse player he can be. He’s looking forward to graduating this time next year and being commissioned.”

Anne Arundel County police had said they arrested Voumard, 22, for threatening a taxi driver with a butter knife April 20. Police had charged Voumard with first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment.

Sowell said the initial story reminded him of a report in April stating that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was being investigated for an alleged sexual assault. Audio from 911 calls released by Miami police mentioned a woman who refused to a leave a hotel room occupied by Kaepernick and two other NFL players.

“It’s a big relief,” Sowell said. “It kind of reminded me of the Colin Kaepernick situation, that what came out initially wasn’t quite what happened, and we knew in the end and felt very strongly that things were going to work out for him. Unfortunately, we had to let it work itself through the process. But we’re very excited about Gabe and what impact he can have on our offense next year.”

Voumard sat out the last two games of the season but finished the year tied for second among the Midshipmen in assists (eight) and fourth in points (23).

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