Denver University has confirmed earlier reports that cited former Burnaby Lakers’ stud and current Pioneers’ sophomore, Jamie Lincoln, had been released from the school’s lacrosse team.
The University is now additionally confirming that fellow Canadian teammates, Brad Richardson and Ilija Gajic, have also been removed from the program.
The school states that the decision to dismiss the three players was due to ‘violations of team policies’.
“After several discussions with my coaching staff, we decided that it would be in the best interest of the team to dismiss Brad, Ilija and Jamie from the team due to violations of team policies,” said Denver head coach Jamie Munro in a statement on the University’s site, posted earlier this afternoon.
“They will have the option to remain as students for the remainder of the quarter under their scholarship. We will also assist them in their future endeavors.”
Lincoln, who had been integral in the recent success of the Burnaby Lakers during his stint with the Junior A powerhouse, had originally been drafted into the National Lacrosse League by the Calgary Roughnecks in 2007, that pick later being voided when Lincoln opted to join Denver on a scholarship shortly after the draft.
The former Minto Cup winner had an outstanding freshmen year with the Pioneers last year, leading the team in scoring with an impressive 48 goals en route to being named the GWLL’s Newcomer of the Year.
Gajic, a junior this year, was coming off a brilliant summer playing for the Sr. New Westminster Salmonbellies, helping lead the team to this past year’s Mann Cup final against the Brampton Exceliors. Gajic is also a former Burnaby Lakers’ captain and Minto Cup MVP, who was already being considered a first round favorite in the 2010 NLL draft.
NLL Insider recently named Richardson as one of the top prospects in the 2009 NLL Entry Draft in our Futures Report. Brad, a senior at Denver, also previously played for the Burnaby Lakers and was routinely considered one of the junior game’s top pure athletic defenders. Richardson, currently a member of the WLA’s Coquitlam Adanacs, was a three time Minto Cup winner with the Lakers.
It’s unclear of the specifics as to why the three players were dismissed, the school not elaborating any further than what was stated in today’s email@example.com.
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