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One hospitalized with blood-alcohol level of 0.365

4/27/2005

FROSTBURG, Md. -- Six female field hockey players hazed
their new college teammates by urging them to drink so much beer
and liquor that one 18-year-old was hospitalized with a
blood-alcohol level more than four times the legal limit, police
say.

The Frostburg State University freshmen also were pelted with
flour, ice and eggs, and made to sit in their own vomit and urine,
according to charges filed by police in Allegany County Court.

Five of the women were charged with second-degree assault and
hazing, police said Wednesday. Charges were pending against the
sixth, they said.

The documents also named six victims, including an 18-year-old
whom police saw being carried, unconscious, by her boyfriend along
a street.

Her blood-alcohol content was measured at a hospital at 0.365;
the legal limit for drivers in Maryland is 0.08.

The "secret buddy Christmas party" is thrown annually by
senior team members to initiate new members, according to a police
report.

The school conducted its own investigation and determined the
six older students were responsible for the hazing, spokesman Ty
DeMartino said. Disciplinary measures included suspensions from the
team and from games next fall, and educational sessions, he said.

"FSU is committed to ending whatever hazing exists and will
continue to be firm with offenders on campus," DeMartino said.

Second-degree assault carries a maximum 10 years in jail and a
fine of up to $2,500. Hazing of a college student carries a maximum
of six months in jail and a fine of up to $500.