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27 Tufts lacrosse players suspended for inappropriate behavior 01.25.13 at 9:53 am ET
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Twenty-seven Tufts men’s lacrosse players will be suspended for the first two games of their upcoming season for “unacceptable behavior,” including drinking and yelling sexist and racist insults at the Smith women’s volleyball team at a Tufts women’s volleyball game last semester.

Tufts’ Office of Equal Opportunity began investigating the matter after a student alleged that the lacrosse players had been threatening and insulting Smith players during the Sept. 21 game. According to Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Students John Barker, some of the players were intoxicated at the game, including some who were underage.

“The investigation confirmed that some Tufts students behaved highly inappropriately and in a manner not consistent with the values of good sportsmanship held by Tufts or NESCAC,” Barker told the Tufts Daily in an e-mail. “Specifically, Tufts found that a group of students from the men’s lacrosse team repeatedly made offensive and demeaning comments about players in the game and/or encouraged other team members in such misconduct.”

“Clearly, this is a regrettable event and situation,” said men’s lacrosse coach Mike Daly. “Our team is moving forward at this point, using this unfortunate event as a learning and growing experience.”

According to the Daily, Daly did not comment on how benching 27 players for the first two games would affect the team’s season.

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Former Harvard lacrosse coach John Tillman leads Maryland into final four at Gillette Stadium 05.25.12 at 9:47 am ET
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When John Tillman resigned as men’s lacrosse coach at Harvard after the 2010 season to take a similar position at Maryland, he inherited a Terrapins lineup loaded with talent and experience. However, it was a group that failed to live up to expectations, leading to the departure of coach Dave Cottle.

Tillman has had no such trouble reaching the lofty goals set for the state school in the lacrosse hotbed of Maryland, as he is the first coach in NCAA history to lead an unseeded team to back-to-back final four appearances. This weekend Tillman gets to parade his Terps in front of some familiar faces in Massachusetts, as the final four is being played at Gillette Stadium on Saturday and Monday.

John Tillman

Maryland faces off against third-seeded Duke in Saturday’s second semifinal at 5 p.m., following a 2:30 game between top-seeded Loyola and fourth-seeded Notre Dame. Maryland, which knocked off second-seeded Johns Hopkins in the quarterfinals, is seeking its first national title since 1975.

“Being here, and this is only Year 2 for us, I was well aware of what the expectations were when I took the job,” Tillman said in a conference call with the media Tuesday. “That comes with the territory. Some people look at it as a burden, and I look at it as something special to be a part of, and maybe something we can build off of. The expectation and traditions are such that we need to make sure we add to the great chapter in the great book of Maryland lacrosse. We really build off that.”

Here’s a quick primer on the four teams Division 1 competing in Foxboro this weekend. The Division 2 and 3 championship games also take place at Gillette Stadium. Limestone takes on Dowling for the D2 crown Sunday at 1 p.m., while SUNY Cortland and Salisbury hit the field three hours later for the D3 championship.

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The Baltimore school is making its first trip to championship weekend since 1998 and third overall. The Greyhounds are led by junior attackman Mike Sawyer (51G, 8A in 17 games), who is one of the finalists for the Tewaaraton Award, lacrosse’s version of the Heisman Trophy.

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