Cornell fires head lacrosse coach

By Travis Eldridge

November 14, 2013 Updated Nov 14, 2013 at 8:49 PM EST

Ithaca, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Cornell University has fired head men's lacrosse coach Ben DeLuca, according to a release from the school on Thursday.

His dismissal comes a few months after the team had its fall season canceled because of an alcohol-related hazing incident. At that time the university said there would be no further sanctions against the men's lacrosse team.

“This was a difficult decision, but our students are our first priority and there is no doubt now that new leadership is required," Cornell Meakem Smith Director of Athletics and Physical Education Andrew Noel said in a statement.

DeLuca, a graduate of Cornell, helped lead the Big Red to the NCAA Final Four last season, and the team made the NCAA Tournament two of the three seasons he was the head coach.

Assistant coach Matt Kerwick has been named the interim head coach while the university begins the search for DeLuca's replacement.

“Matt is a proven leader and has held head coach positions at Hobart and Jacksonville University," Noel said. "I have great confidence in Matt's ability to lead the team in this time of transition. We are also confident in our ability to attract an exceptional head coach to lead the team forward in the tradition of Cornell Lacrosse.”

Cornell's schedule for the 2014 season has not yet been released.

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