UPDATE: Per a Quinnipiac University spokesman, part of IL’s story that mentioned the suspension involving the entire coaching staff is not true. The suspension only includes players. The complete statement from the spokesman is below:
“Please know that the suspension of the men’s lacrosse team does not include the team’s coaches. I’ve read and heard some erroneous reports about that and wanted to set the record straight with all of the journalists who have taken the time to contact me over the last two days.”
A Quinnipiac University spokesperson provided the following statement to College Crosse this morning:
“The university has suspended the men’s lacrosse team pending the outcome of an investigation into alleged violations of the student conduct policy,” said Lynn Bushnell, vice president for public affairs. “This suspension, which takes effect immediately, prohibits all team activity, including practicing and representing the university in competitions. With the well-being of our students being our top priority, the university has zero tolerance for any behavior that endangers any member of the university community.”
IL reports that the entire team is suspended, but have not been able to confirm the alleged incidents and what led to the entire team’s suspension. The Bobcats are scheduled to scrimmage the Sacred Heart Pioneers on Friday, October 5 at Sacred Heart’s campus. The fall ball scrimmage was still on as of yesterday, according to a source close to the Pioneer program. A Quinnipiac spokesman provided no comment on the status of the scrimmage.
Quinnipiac finished last season 9-6 and wrapped up a MAAC regular season title with an undefeated mark in conference play. As the top seed in the conference tournament, they lost in overtime to Canisius in the MAAC semifinals. The Golden Griffins eventually won the conference championship.
The Bobcats return all three starting attackmen, including MAAC Rookie of the Year Jake Tomsik. Head coach Eric Fekete, who finished up his 17th year manning the program, was named the MAAC’s Coach of the Year.