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Duke Announces Forfeiture Of Men’s Lacrosse Games
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 03/25/2006
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Duke University Director of Athletics Joe Alleva announced on Saturday that the men’s lacrosse team will forfeit today’s contest against Georgetown as well as Tuesday’s scheduled game with Mount St. Mary’s.

“I am dismayed by the party on March 13 held by members of the men’s lacrosse team at an off campus residence,” Alleva said.  “The Durham Police’s investigation of the matter continues and we await its results.

“The players deny the criminal allegations. We understand that to date, no one has been charged with any crime. We continue to monitor the situation and will respond accordingly to further developments as the facts become known.

“Several players who were present acknowledge, however, that they did hire private party dancers and that underage drinking occurred.  The judgment of the team members to host and participate in this event is inconsistent with the values of Duke Athletics and Duke University and is unacceptable.  Accordingly I have notified Coach Pressler that I have decided that we will forfeit today’s game and next Tuesday’s game.  I have told President Brodhead of my decision and he fully supports it.”

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