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Maryland lacrosse player suspended, student assistant coach dismissed after assault charges

Maryland attackman Matt Rambo was a standout as a freshman for the Terps last season.
Maryland attackman Matt Rambo was a standout as a freshman for the Terps last season. (Mark Konezny / USA Today Sports)

Maryland men's lacrosse coach John Tillman announced Friday that sophomore attackman Matt Rambo has been suspended indefinitely and student assistant coach Brian Cooper has been dismissed for their roles in an Oct. 22 incident.

Rambo and Cooper (Archbishop Spalding) were charged with first- and second-degree assault, according to court records. Rambo also was charged with malicious destruction of property. Both men were released on their own recognizance.

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A spokesman said the team did not learn about the incident until earlier in the week. Their court date is scheduled for Nov. 24 in District Court in Upper Marlboro.

"We hold our student-athletes to a high standard and they are expected to represent our program and university accordingly," Tillman said in a statement. "We will continue to cooperate fully with the investigation. Because this is an ongoing matter, we will refrain from any further comment at this time."

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Rambo ranked second on the Terps last season in goals (30) and points (36) while starting in all 17 games. He is the lone returning starter for an attack unit that lost Mike Chanenchuk to graduation and Connor Cannizzaro to Denver, where he transferred.

Cooper was a starting short-stick defensive midfielder who had three points, 42 ground balls and 17 caused turnovers last season.

Baltimore Sun reporter Ian Duncan contributed to this article.

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