York College Athletic Department Releases Statement on Men's Soccer Rules Violations

YORK, PA - The Spartan Men's Soccer team received disappointing news on Oct. 19 when a rules decision from the NCAA Soccer Secretary/Rules Editor came with a penalty of three forfeited games and a suspension of two coaches.

Rule 12.11 of the NCAA soccer rule book states that a suspended coach is prohibited from any communication with the team, coaches and/or bench personnel from the start of a contest to its completion. On Sept. 29, first-year Assistant Coach Andrew Marshall watched the entire Salisbury game from the stands while he served a suspension that resulted from the issuance of a red card at the conclusion of the Spartans' previous game (at Messiah). However, at halftime, Coach Marshall was observed in brief contact with the team. The penalty for the violation was not discovered until after Marshall and Head Coach Mark Ludwig had participated in two more games. Ultimately, NCAA officials have determined that all three games must be forfeited and that suspensions for both coaches must be extended. York College and the Athletic Department have accepted the sanctions and have addressed the rules violation on an internal level.

Despite the impact of the forfeits on the Spartans' record, the team continued its solid play and secured the third seed in the upcoming CAC tournament by virtue of their win at Mary Washington on Oct. 20. Coach Marshall returned to the bench during Saturday's win at Mary Washington. Coach Ludwig will be back on the sidelines on Wednesday afternoon in the regular season finale against Manhattanville at Graham Field. The Spartans open up the CAC Tournament against St. Mary's on October 28 in York.