Defending WCLA Champ UC Davis Club Cancels Season
Team accepts 'disciplinary ruling' for undisclosed reason
by J. Jude Hazard | LaxMagazine.com
UC Davis Club, which made a surprising run as the No. 10 seed to the WCLA Division I title in 2012, did not disclose the nature of the disciplinary ruling that led to the cancelation of its 2013 season.
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Defending WCLA Division I champion UC Davis Club has canceled its 2013 season after a disciplinary ruling from the university. The nature of the disciplinary ruling or what conduct prompted it has not been disclosed by the school or team.
UC Davis spokesperson Julia Ann Easley cited the "independence with which club sports operate" and referred the matter to UC Davis Women's Club Lacrosse Co-Presidents Amy Corstorphine and Jamie Yates.
"At this time, the team has accepted a disciplinary ruling from the university and we are working cooperatively with them to move forward in a positive manner and make this a positive learning experience for all club members," Yates said in a statement. "This is the extent to which we wish to comment."
UC Davis is a member of the Western Women's Lacrosse League. Commissioner Jennifer Lee, who is also the coach at Santa Clara, said UC Davis released a statement on the team's behalf.
"The UC Davis Women's Lacrosse Club will not be competing in the 2013 season, the club is working cooperatively with the university to move forward from this incident in order to make this a true learning experience for all club members," the statement said. "We appreciate all the support and apologize for any inconveniences that we may have caused, we look forward to competing during the 2014 season."
Lee declined to comment further on the matter.
Easley, the university spokesperson, has yet to return a request for a comment on the nature of the disciplinary action or the incident that prompted it. Several other players, coaches and university officials have not responded to requests for comment.
UC Davis went into the 2012 WCLA National Championships as the No. 10 seed. The Aggies won their quarterfinal and semifinal games in overtime before overpowering heavily favored Colorado State to capture the program's first national title at the El Pomar Youth Sports Park in Colorado Springs.
The Aggies were ranked No. 2 in this year's Lacrosse Magazine preseason rankings.