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Women's coach out at F&M

College probe of hazing incident leads to Paul’s dismissal, along with player suspensions

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Posted: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 10:32 pm | Updated: 7:29 pm, Thu Sep 12, 2013.

Franklin & Marshall's women's lacrosse coach Lauren Paul has been dismissed following the college's investigation into a hazing incident during the 2010-2011 school year.

No specifics of the incident were released and Paul could not be reached for comment.

Assistant coaches Caitlin Powderly and Lidia Sanza have been removed from the athletic department's website roster but F&M Vice President of Communications Cass Cliatt said they are still employed by the college.

Several team members have been suspended for the duration of the season. Comparing to previous rosters, eight of nine seniors and all three juniors are no longer on the current roster. Seven of the team's top 10 scorers on the team are no longer listed.

Cliatt said a determination has not been made as to whether the suspended underclassmen may return to the team next season.

Missy Mariano, the head field hockey coach and athletic department's senior women's administrator, will be the interim head coach.

An anonymous tip was reported to the Lancaster Police Department in February of the incident, according to Cliatt. The college, then "following guidelines outlined by the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights, initiated several phases of inquiry to enable the launch of a formal investigation on April 10," according to a release from Dean of Colleges Kent Trachte.

Cliatt explained that the initial inquiries before the formal investigation allowed the school to find and speak with the person who initiated the complaint.

The school has a zero-tolerance policy with hazing and Cliatt said "The decision in this situation is consistent with the policy."

"We understand there will be a range of reactions to these decisions," Trachte wrote. "We feel strongly that students must face consequences for violating College policies and engaging in activities that have no place on any college campus. At F&M, there is no greater priority than the well-being and safety of students."

Paul, an F&M alum and former All-America lacrosse player, compiled a 68-10 record in three and half years in Lancaster. She guided the Diplomats to the 2009 NCAA Division III Championship and was named the IWLCA Coach of the Year. F&M reached the national semifinals in 2010 and the quarterfinals last year.

The Diplomats are 12-2 this season and ranked No. 7. The remaining members of the team voted to continue the season. F&M will play in its first game without Paul tonight against No. 1 Gettysburg at 7.

mblymier@lnpnews.com

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