As of today, we became aware of a statement issued by the Cornell Athletic Department regarding a hazing incident. The Men’s lacrosse team was involved in the incident. Six days ago, the department suspended all activities. However, today the suspension was lifted and the team can continue fallball training with one caveat – no fall competitions.
Sept. 19, 2013
Andy Noel, the Meakem Smith Director of Athletics and Physical Education, issued the following statement:
On Sept. 13, the Cornell men’s lacrosse team was placed on temporary suspension pending appropriate sanctions for a team hazing incident. Following investigation into the incident, Coach 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.
Although there are a myriad of issues to discuss in relation to hazing of any kind. One of the first things to come in mind is the Boiardi Foundation Capital Lacrosse Classic. The Mario St. George Boiardi Foundation honors the memory of Mario St. George Boiardi, a former Landon School standout who later played for Cornell and sadly “gave his life in March 2004 while playing lacrosse.”
The Capital Lacrosse Classic is hosted by the Landon School and is in honor of George. The event takes place October 13. Unfortunately, as it appears, Cornell will not be able to participate.