Former Duke standout and current interim head coach Kevin Cassese and rising Blue Devil senior Matt Danowski combined for four goals and three assists to help the United States men's lacrosse team defeat Ireland, 27-2, at Radnor (Pa.) High School in its opening exhibition game on Sunday night.
Tuesday morning in the Media Room in Cameron Indoor Stadium, Duke athletic director Joe Alleva and interim head menís lacrosse coach Kevin Cassese met with members of the media.
The Duke University menís lacrosse program will resume this fall under a strict new standard of behavior that the players drafted and with stronger administrative oversight of the program, President Richard H. Brodhead announced Monday in an electronic letter to the Duke community.
Headlined by first round choice Matt Zash, three former Duke players were selected in the 2006 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft held on Wednesday in Fairfield, Conn.
Three former Blue Devils -- Kevin Cassese, Ryan Marshall and Taylor Wray -- will play in the 2006 International Lacrosse Federation World Championships on July 13-22 in London, Ontario, Canada. Cassese will play for the United States team in the competition while Marshall and Wray have earned spots on Team Canada.
In my April 5 letter to the Duke community, I outlined a series of steps the university would take in response to the controversy raised by the menís lacrosse team party of March 13. Today I received reports from two of the five committees I announced. We have posted both of these reports on the special website for announcements related to the lacrosse situation.
Mike Krzyzewskiís latest Chevy commercial begins with the assertion that nothing is more powerful than the truth. If only that sentiment could be applied to the controversy that erupted on his campus and in his community the day after his 2006 season ended.
"Over the last month the Duke University community has been torn by allegations arising from the incident of March 13. The outrage, anger and concern voiced by our residents and neighbors continue to be expressed. Todayís indictment of two members of the menís lacrosse team does not mean we can expect that the anger and concern will go away, but at last we can envision a point where a jury will hear the case, and a verdict will be rendered."
Duke Director of Athletics Joe Alleva announced Wednesday that Mike Pressler has resigned as menís lacrosse coach, effective immediately.
Duke University President Richard H. Brodhead announced Tuesday that the university is suspending future games of the menís lacrosse team until there is a clearer resolution of the legal situation involving team members. The action, made in response to a request from team members, follows allegations of a sexual assault of a woman hired as a private dancer at a party attended by team members March 13 at 610 N. Buchanan Blvd. Durham police are currently looking into the allegations, but no charges have been filed.
The following statement was issued today by the Captains of the Duke University Menís Lacrosse Team.
Physical coercion and sexual assault are unacceptable in any setting and have no place at Duke. The criminal allegations against three members of our menís lacrosse team, if verified, will warrant very serious penalties.