Notebook: Vanderbilt women's team withdraws from Navy invite after hazing incident

Because of a hazing incident, the Vanderbiltwomen's lacrosse team has withdrawn from the Navy Fall Invitational, where it was scheduled to play Oct. 13, according to a spokesperson in the school's athletic department.

The Commodores were required by the department to miss one scheduled contest as a penalty. The sanction will not have an impact on Vanderbilt's 2013 season.


Based on an internal departmental review, Vanderbilt determined its varsity women's tennis and women's lacrosse teams recently engaged in separate events that rise to the level of hazing. No one was harmed in either case.

NCAA penalizes Syracuse's Gait, Tumolo

A public reprimand and penalties have been issued for Syracuse women's coach Gary Gait and attacker Michelle Tumolo because of misconduct during and after the 2012 women's championship game.

Gait, a former Maryland assistant coach, made comments critical of the officiating during the postgame news conference.

Tumolo was found to have made unsporting comments and placed her hands on a game official after being issued a second yellow card during the game. In addition to the public reprimand, her transportation expenses and championship per diem were withheld. Tumolo also was issued a red card at the time of the incident. As a result, she will be suspended for the first game of the 2013 regular season.

Browning, Cairns to join Vermont men's staff

Vermont announced that Ryan Browning will join its staff as an assistant coach and Patrick Cairns as a volunteer assistant coach.

Browning previously spent one season as an assistant at Goucher and one year as a senior assistant coach at Washington College. Browning attended Calvert Hall and Salisbury, where he was a member of the 2007 and 2008 Division III national championship squads. With the Catamounts, he will be primarily responsible for working with the faceoff unit, helping with the defense and coordinating recruiting and film preparation.

Cairns is a Baltimore native and Boys' Latin alumnus. He helped lead Princeton to three national championships (1994, 1996 and 1997). A three-year starter in goal, Cairns posted a career record of 37-3, was named a United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-American in 1997 and was a three-time All-Ivy League selection. As a senior he led the nation in goals-against average.

MLL's Rattlers deal for ex-Terp Groot

The Rochester Rattlers acquired midfielder Dan Groot (Maryland) and three selections in the 2013 Major League Lacrosse college draft from the Ohio Machine for midfielder Roy Lang and a second-round selection (11th overall) in the 2013 draft.

Groot returns to the Rattlers after spending the 2011 season with the club. He had a breakout season offensively with eight goals and three assists for 11 points for the Machine in 2012. Groot was a defensive presence in the Rattlers' midfield two years ago and is expected to return to that role next season.