College soccer teams across Long Island and around the country are returning to their respective pitches in August to begin preparing for the 2017 season.
But at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, all will be quiet.
Newsday reported that fall season for the USMMA’s men’s soccer team has been canceled because of an ongoing investigation by the United States Department of Transportation into alleged sexual misconduct by players.
Rear Adm. James A. Helis, superintendent of the Academy, said in a statement that the USMMA notified the NCAA that the team would not participate in the upcoming soccer season. The notification was needed to meet the NCAA’s August 1 participation deadline.
The Merchant Marine Academy is part of the Skyline Conference. As of Tuesday evening, there was no statement on the conference’s website regarding the USMMA men’s soccer team.
According to Newsday, lawyers representing the academy alleged that several soccer players were involved in sexually abusive acts against freshman on the team. The incidents are alleged to have happened during bus trips to games to Connecticut and Maryland in September of 2016 and on campus in October.
The students said to have been involved in the incidents have denied the allegations.