14 arrested at UMass-Amherst

Updated: February 6, 2012, 3:42 AM ET
ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- A spokesman for the University of Massachusetts in Amherst says 14 people have been arrested after police in riot gear and on horseback were forced to disperse hundreds of students when the Patriots lost the Super Bowl.

Police used smoke bombs to disperse 1,500 students who gathered in the main residential part of the campus after the game. There were some fistfights, but no one was hurt badly enough to be taken to a hospital and no property damage was reported, said spokesman Ed Blaguszewski.

Thirteen of those arrested were students, and all were charged with failure to disperse or disorderly conduct or both. They will be referred to the dean of students for possible disciplinary action. The school, with more than 27,000 students, is the flagship of the University of Massachusetts system.

Police monitoring the situation decided to issue a dispersal order about 15 minutes after students started gathering. It took about 90 minutes to get everyone out of the area.

"It was a loud crowd and there were fights breaking out in pockets," Blaguszewski said.

Marissa Faldasz, a junior whose dorm room looks out over where students gathered, said they were chanting "U.S.A., U.S.A.," and throwing beer cans and toilet paper rolls.

"As soon as the game ended, a bunch of students came running from all across the campus," she said.

Video she took from her fourth-floor room showed smoke and flashes and students yelling, then much of the crowd running away as police on horseback approached. Police officers wrestled at least one student to the ground. She said there was a similar incident after Osama bin Laden was killed last year.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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