New Canaan's Olivia Hompe (right).
Since people are sending messages from all over, here is the lede for my story in tomorrow’s paper regarding the suspension and reinstatement of nine girls lacrosse players — including four from New Canaan and Staples — by the CIAC.
Nine girls lacrosse players from six different schools — including four from New Canaan and Staples — had their eligibility reinstated by the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference Tuesday morning, less than 24 hours after they were sanctioned for violating state rules.
The incident stemmed from the players trying out on May 15 in Acton, Mass., for the Underclassmen Games of the Under Armour All Amercian Lacrosse Classic this summer.
The players involved included New Canaan’s Olivia Hompe, Elizabeth O’Sullivan and Wheatley Raabe, and Maeve Flaherty of Staples, along with players from Ridgefield, Avon, New Fairfield and Norwich Free Academy.
A statement released Tuesday afternoon by the CIAC, the governing body for high school sports in Connecticut, read in part: “This participation was in violation of CIAC Student Eligibility rules pertaining to participation on outside teams during the CIAC defined sport season.”
After reviewing documentation provided by the schools involved and Under Armour, the CIAC decided that the teams must forfeit any games the players were involved with between May 15-23. The regular-season losses will affect the school’s seedings in the state tournament, which begins next week.
Both New Canaan and Staples were without the four players for Monday’s FCIAC semifinal games. Both teams were defeated, but league playoff games do not count against state rankings.
“It’s an appropriate punishment for the violation of the rule, as the rule existed,” New Canaan athletic director Jay Egan said. “We just wanted the penalty to be commensurate with the crime.”
Hompe, who was the only player from the state to earn a spot in the Classic, wrote in a text message: “I’m just really excited to be playing again and hopefully we can come out hard in states.”
There will be a more complete story in tomorrow’s edition of The Advocate.
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