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Penn investigating allegations that women’s lacrosse team members acted inappropriately at city bar

Wednesday, 2nd April 2014

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 4/2/14
Staff Report

The University of Pennsylvania has launched an investigation into allegations that members of its women’s lacrosse team engaged in wild and inappropriate behavior at a party that got out of control Saturday night at a Center City pub.

Claims about the students’ raucous behavior were made by Fado general manager Casey Neff and first reported in The Daily Pennsylvanian (DP).

Neff sent an e-mail to the DP as well as Penn’s athletic department and Penn coach Karin Brower Corbett claiming that members of the team held a party with about 50 people that led to many deplorable behaviors. The DP said the mail listed incidents such as intentionally shattering a light fixture and causing a safety hazard, stealing a bottle of liquor from the bar, smoking marijuana in the bathroom, and leaving a tip of less than 4 percent on a $1,300 tab. Also, the DP reported that the e-mail claimed a female student’s genitals were allegedly exposed to patrons.

“We have been made aware of the allegations by Fado, and we are deeply concerned about them,” Mahoney said Penn coaches and senior staff are meeting with lacrosse team members and “will continue to thoroughly investigate” the incident.

“We have been made aware of the allegations by Fado, and we are deeply concerned about them,” director of athletic communications Michael Mahoney said in a statement. “Our coaches and senior staff are meeting with the members of the women’s lacrosse team, and we will continue to thoroughly investigate the allegations around this event.

“If the description of incidents around this event is accurate and found to involve our team and their guests, this was deplorable behavior that will not be tolerated.”

Neff was unavailable for comment today.

Penn is 6-2 this year after tuewsday’s 8-6 win at Georgetown. The Quakers are and ranked No. 12 in the nation by the IWLCA and have won seven straight Ivy League championships.



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