U. of Md. Probes Teams on Alcohol

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) – The University of Maryland athletic department is reviewing allegations of underage drinking and hazing by members of several school teams.

The school also is investigating allegations that members of the six-time defending national champion women’s lacrosse team and the field hockey team took high school prospects to a College Park bar during a recruiting visit, Maryland senior associate athletic director Rob Mullens told The Washington Post.

Those two teams, as well as the gymnastics, golf, women’s volleyball, women’s soccer and women’s basketball teams, swimming and diving team, and the track and field team, are involved in the allegations of underage drinking, The Post reported.

The women’s lacrosse, women’s volleyball and women’s soccer teams and the track and field teams are involved in the hazing allegations.

The investigation comes about three months after 15 members of the baseball team were suspended three games each for underage drinking.

The allegations were made in an anonymous e-mail sent to several university employees, including university president C.D. “Dan” Mote and athletic director Debbie Yow. The sender claimed to be a friend of one of the suspended baseball players.

“We would review any allegations that are forwarded to us,” Dave Haglund, associate athletic director, said Friday. “The anonymous allegations will be considered seriously and reviewed appropriately.”

“There could be disciplinary measures taken, depending on the outcome of the review.”

Haglund would not elaborate on the hazing allegations.

If the review finds a potential violation of the university’s student code of conduct, that information will be turned over to the university’s office of judicial programs.

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