Lobo women’s soccer issues apology

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Alleged hazing hospitalized two players

The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE  — The University of New Mexico women’s soccer team has apologized for a hazing case that sent two players to the hospital for excessive alcohol intoxication.

The team said Monday in a statement that players are sorry for disappointing the school and the city of Albuquerque, and will try to use the embarrassment as a learning opportunity.

Last week, the University of New Mexico suspended women’s soccer coach Kit Vela for a week without pay and suspended 22 players for one game over the hazing episode.

Athletic director Paul Krebs says assistant coaches Jorge Vela and Krista Foo also will receive letters of reprimand.

School officials say last week’s hazing involved seven true freshmen and two were taken to the hospital.

Krebs told the Albuquerque Journal last week he expects Vela’s suspension to begin immediately, but university policy dictates she has 10 days to appeal.

Twin sisters Danielle and Devin Scelsi quit the team Monday, withdrew from school and returned to their home in Orange County, California.

The Lobos cancelled a scheduled season opener vs. Texas Tech.