The National Lacrosse League has released the summary of disciplinary action stemming from an incident that occurred in the final minute of the Albany at Colorado game on March 28.
Albany Attack players Ryan Sanderson, Bryan Kazarian and Chris White have been suspended one game under Rule 91 (Leaving the Bench during an Altercation) and Rule 62 f (Unsportsmanlike Conduct ? Failing to adhere to the referee?s instructions). Albany players Nick Trudeau, Rusty Kruger and Brandon Miller also have been suspended one game under Rule 91. All of the above players have been fined an undisclosed sum. Albany goaltender Rob Blasdell has been cited as the instigator of the incident, issued a game misconduct and has been fined an undisclosed sum.
Also, Gary Rosyski and Phil Sanderson of Albany each received Game Misconduct penalties by the game officials for their conduct in the game. Rosyski was found to have been on the floor prior to the incident, and was not cited under Rule 91. He has been fined an undisclosed sum for his role in the incident.
Colorado Mammoth players Brian Langtry, Rory Graham, Ted Dowling and Bryan Cole have been suspended one game under Rule 91 and Rule 62 f. Tom Still has also been suspended one game under Rule 91. All above the players have fined an undisclosed sum. Bryan Reese has been suspended one game under Rule 79 d (Intervening in an existing altercation) and Rule 62 f. Bryan Cole received a Game Misconduct penalty by the game officials for his conduct in the game.
In addition, the clubs as well as the respective head coaches, Jamie Batley and Bob McMahon, have been fined for the players? roles in the incident.
Upon the league?s investigation of the incident, the league determined that certain players on the floor in the incident might have entered the field of play during a line change following the goal by Tom Phair, and did not join the altercation or were already on the floor at the time of the goal. As a result, the players were not subject to suspension under Rule 91 unless they were found to have engaged in the altercation. Players that enter the field on a line change and subsequently become involved in the altercation are subject to discipline under Rule 91.
The league did find that all of the remaining players from both squads were in violation of 79e (Failing to go to the Bench during an Altercation) and were each assessed a Game Misconduct penalty for recording purposes. Players accumulating two Game Misconduct penalties in the same season are subject to an automatic one game suspension.
The players subject to the Game Misconduct assessment and fines are:
Albany: Dan Teat, Mark Cochrane, Brian Beisel, Josh Sanderson, Shaydon Santos, Mike Regan, Cam Woods and Jim Moss.
Colorado: Al Truant, Jamie Hanford, John Gallant, Tom Phair, Del Halladay, Gary Gait, John Rosa, Ben Prepchuck, Josh Sims, Erik Miller and Dave Stilley.
Pursuant to the Collective Bargaining Agreement entered into between the National Lacrosse League and the Professional Lacrosse Players Association, a player has 72 hours to appeal any disciplinary action taken by the league. A hearing has been scheduled for April 11 at 10 AM before an arbitrator to hear any appeals filed in this matter.