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Wednesday, April 27, 2005
One hospitalized with blood-alcohol level of 0.365

Associated Press

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.