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Notebook: Cornell suspends team amid hazing investigation

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Cornell has placed its men's lacrosse team on temporary suspension and canceled all "fall ball" competitions pending an investigation into a hazing incident last Friday, the school said today in a statement.

The penalty was due to allegations of "coerced consumption of alcohol by underage freshmen," according to multiple reports.

According to LaxPower, the Big Red was scheduled to play the Iroquois Nationals on Sept. 29 in Cortland, N.Y., and in the Capital Lacrosse Classic in Bethesda on Oct. 13; the latter event is a fundraiser for the foundation honoring former Cornell player George Boiardi, who died after being struck in the chest by a lacrosse ball during a 2004 game against Binghamton.

After being eliminated from May's NCAA semifinals by eventual champion Duke, the Big Red faces a tall task in replacing 2013 Tewaaraton Award winner Rob Pannell and fellow United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Assocation first-team All-American Jason Noble and third-team pick Steve Mock.

The university issued the following statement:

"On Sept. 13, the Cornell men's lacrosse team was placed on temporary suspension pending appropriate sanctions for a team hazing incident. Following investigation into the incident, Coach DeLuca and his team were notified that all fall competitions are canceled.

Effective today, the team will resume training and practice in accordance with sanction guidelines."

Aust, Cummings among 4 added to U.S. women's roster

Lacrosse Magazine said former Maryland star Alex Aust, Terps sophomore Taylor Cummings (McDonogh), Kayla Treanor and Taylor Trimble will join the U.S. roster for the Stars and Stripes event, which takes place on Oct. 12 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis and Oct. 13 at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium. They replace Gina Oliver, Megan Huether (Maryvale Prep) and Sarah Albrecht, who retired from the squad.

Admission to all games in the event, in which the U.S. takes on Navy, Towson, Georgetown and Stanford, is free.

Also, Team USA will host a clinic for youth players in grades 3 to 12 from noon to 2 p.m. Registration is open at uslacrosse.org/nationalteamclinics.

High Point teams to hold fundraiser in Linthicum

The High Point men’s and women’s teams will hold a fundraiser auction at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum on Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 and include dinner and drinks.

Both teams’ coaches have Baltimore-area connections; women’s coach Lyndsey Boswell is a Southern-Anne Arundel graduate, and men’s coach Jon Torpey is a Calvert Hall grad who spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Goucher.

To donate items to the raffle for this year’s auction, email aheneber@highpoint.edu. For more information, contact Boswell at 336-841-9320 or lboswell@highpoint.edu.

UMBC men add 13 to roster

UMBC welcomed 13 newcomers as the Retrievers begin preparations for the 2014 season: Colin Amodeo (A-M, 6 feet 2, 195 pounds, Oshawa, Ont./Paul Dwyer Catholic), James Bull (M, 5-10, 170, Woodbridge, Va./St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes), Pat Dignan (D/LSM,  6-6, 165, New Hope, Pa./New Hope-Solesbury), Wyatt Griffith (D, 6-0, 210, Wye Mills/Easton), Garrett Hasken (M, 6-0, 195, Odenton/DeMatha), Steven Larson (M, 5-11, 175, Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral), Sean Lewns (D, 6-1, 205, Fallston/Fallston), James Maxwell (G, 5-6, 155, Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg/Onondaga CC), brother Max Maxwell (M , 5-9, 175, Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg), Dylan McDermott (M, 5-9, 180, Westminster/South Carroll), Alex Pfannenstein (M, 6-0, 185, Perry Hall/ Eastern Tech), Grant Searfoss (A-M, 6-3, 175, Nazareth, Pa./Nazareth Area), Ruston Souder (G, 5-9, 150, Pasadena/Chesapeake).

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