NMU Soccer Player Suspended

Nov. 6 2009, Published 6:24 a.m. ET

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New Mexico University women’s soccer defender Elizabeth Lambert has been suspended indefinitely for her display of unsportsmanlike conduct during Thursday’s game against Brigham Young University.

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The schools website just released a statement saying, “University of New Mexico head women's soccer coach Kit Vela announced today that junior defender Elizabeth Lambert has been suspended indefinitely for her actions in Thursday's match against BYU in the semifinals of the Mountain West Conference Championship in Provo, Utah.”

Article continues below advertisement contacted the NCAA to see what their input was on the incident and were told, “Regular season and conference are overseen by the schools and the conference themselves. They’re the ones that dictate what happens.  We’re certainly here to provide advice if they ask, but otherwise it’s up to them.” Calls to NMU’s head coach, Kit Vela, and the Athletic Department Administration were not returned.

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Listed at 5’8” on her soccer profile on the NMU website, Lambert is described as “fearless when making a challenge” and uses “her size and aggressiveness to stop the opposing attack”.  She’s majoring in University Studies with a focus on Occupational Therapy, which should come in handy after all the havoc she’s been causing on the soccer field!

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Interestingly enough, this isn’t the first time New Mexico University has had some issues in the athletic department.  Their football team is currently on probation by the NCAA until August 19, 2011.



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