Tony Giro

Maryland university suspends 5 women's lacrosse players

Five members of the University of Maryland Baltimore County women's lacrosse team have been suspended indefinitely for writing text messages that threatened freshmen on the squad, the school's athletic director said Monday.

UMBC athletic director Tim Hall said the messages were written in GroupMe, which claims to be "a private chat room for your small group."

Hall did not discuss specifics of the texts in an interview Monday, but he said the school has taken steps to protect the team's freshmen. In addition to suspending the five players, the squad has been practicing recently without any contact drills.

"This type of behavior and language from any student...