In an exceedingly rare circumstance, Catoctin and Frederick high schools will forfeit their way out of the upcoming MPSSAA boys lacrosse playoffs after a benches-clearing brawl marred the end of their game Monday night in Thurmont.
Greg Casto said coaches from both teams were yelling at the referees and that students and fans in the stands were shouting things at the players and referees, all of which served to raise the intensity level on the field. “The whole situation built up over time,” Greg Casto said.Both sides say the other team started the physical altercation that quickly escalated out of control. “Benches cleared,” Catoctin coach Neil Metzgar said in an emailed response. “Most went in to help break up the fight, and some engaged in more fighting.” Eventually, after a few minutes of chaos, game administrators regained control of the situation, and the teams proceeded with the traditional postgame handshake, according to Metzgar.“The Frederick player who jumped on our player was looking for the (Catoctin) player afterwards to apologize for his actions, and the (Catoctin) player immediately did the same because they both were at fault and embarrassed by their actions.”
I remember a fight like this in a football game a few years ago (Bowie?) where the teams were suspended for one week, but is barring them from the playoffs the best action when this happens?
Sorry for the kids who weren't involved.