Team banned after hazing incident

The entire Cornell men's lacrosse team has been placed on temporary suspension after an alleged hazing incident last Friday, the university announced Thursday.

The discipline stems from the alleged "coerced consumption of alcohol by underage freshmen" on Sept. 13, Cornell spokesman John Carberry said in a statement. 

Cornell director of athletics Andy Noel released a statement on Thursday, confirming that until further notice, all of the team's remaining fall exhibition games are canceled.

"On Sept. 13, the Cornell men's lacrosse team was placed on temporary suspension pending appropriate sanctions for a team hazing incident," Noel said in the statement. "Following investigation into the incident, coach (Ben) 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."

The Big Red, which lost to Duke in the NCAA tournament semifinals in May, had an exhibition game scheduled for Sept. 28, and were also scheduled to play in the Capital Lacrosse Invitational in Maryland on Oct. 13.

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