Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/6/15
Three Lehigh starters recently suspected for an off-campus incident will not be with the team Saturday when the Mountain Hawks open their 2015 season at noon against Marquette.
The Lehigh Valley Express-Times reported Thursday morning that senior attackman Patrick Corbett, junior midfielder Alex Eaton and junior defenseman Tripp Telesco had left the school and it was unclear if they would return to the team.
The three players received indefinite suspensions from the university as a result of a Jan. 24 incident outside campus that led to charges of disorderly conduct, harassment and public drunkenness.
Lehigh coach Kevin Cassese said Thursday they remain on interim suspension and are not attending classes, but could return once a university investigation is completed, according to Lacrosse Magazine.
Cassese gave this statement when the three were suspended:
“We started the season with some adversity. It’s tough to have that hit before you ever get to the games, but that’s the nature of our business. When you’re dealing with kids and you’re in an environment with 18-22 year olds on a constant basis, you have to be prepared for sudden change.
“As a coach of a program or a leader of an organization, the focus is on the people who are active and eligible. We are working hard to coach those people to the best of our abilities. That said, the education process reaches all the members of the program, even those who may not be eligible or active.
“That’s part of the job, that’s part of the mission and part of the position that I hold as the head coach at a university. We’re focused on that right now. Personally, I can say this. I’m not a stranger to adversity. I’ve been through a lot in my ten and a half years in coaching. I’ve found that adversity reveals character and provides an opportunity to build character in young men.
“It also provides an opportunity to evaluate culture, the culture of a program at a deeper level and work to improve that culture wherever possible. My focus is on that right now. The only direction that we can move is going to be straight forward. We have to move forward.”
Inside Lacrosse initially reported the players were suspended and the Express-Times detailed the event that allegedly started with a snowball fight and ended with a scuffle.
Lacrosse Magazine reported that police said the trio threw snowballs and one targeted a passing vehicle. The 22-year-old driver stopped and confronted them and suffered a broken nose, police allege. Police said they determined that Corbett, Eaton and Telesco were intoxicated.