Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/19/12
Franklin & Marshall’s women’s lacrosse coach Lauren Paul has been fired following the college’s investigation into a hazing incident during the 2010-2011 school year, Matthew Blymier of Lancaster Newspapers has reported.
No specifics of the incident were released and Paul was not available for comment. See article for more details.
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, Blymier reported.
Many top team members have been suspended for the rest of the season, Blymier reported. Seven of the team’s top 10 scorers on the team are no longer listed on the roster.
Cliatt told Blymier that 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. it was reported.
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.