Virginia Midfielder Walrath Kicked Off Team
updated 1.28.2014 at 3.23 p.m.
Virginia midfielder Carl Walrath, who had been accused of punching a police officer during a late-night fight near campus in November and on Friday pleaded guilty to charges of misdemeanor assault and obstruction of justice, on Tuesday was kicked off the Cavaliers men's lacrosse team.
"I've determined that Carl Walrath will not return to participate in our men's lacrosse program and have met with him to inform him of this decision," Virginia athletic director Craig Littlepage said in a statement to Lacrosse Magazine through a team spokesperson. "We thank him for his contributions to the program and wish him the best in the future."
Walrath had originally been charged with felony assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and public intoxication, but prosecutors dropped the disorderly conduct and intoxication charges. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail on the assault charge, with 80 days suspended, giving him a 10-day active sentence. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail on the obstruction charge, with all days suspended.
Walrath was suspended indefinitely from the lacrosse team after the incident, which happened around 2 a.m. Nov. 24 on University Avenue in Charlottesville on the Corner, an area of bars, restaurants and stores across from the Virginia campus. Police ordered a group of about 10 people involved in a fight to stop and Walrath was the lone person to not obey, according to police, who said Walrath punched an officer in the face and fled on foot. He was later found, arrested and released on bond.
A team spokesperson told LM on Monday that Walrath was still enrolled at Virginia.
The junior midfielder from The Haverford School (Pa.) appeared in nine games last season, registering one point, and at times ran on Virginia's second midfield line.