Syracuse men's lacrosse's leading scorer Chase Scanlan has been charged by Syracuse Police for his alleged role in a domestic incident last month, a city police spokesperson said Friday.
In a statement Friday afternoon, university athletics officials said the sophomore was suspended from the team.
Scanlan had initially been suspended by the team in April for an undisclosed reason, and then reinstated a week later. At the time of his reinstatement, Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said Scanlan was under investigation.
The DA said Friday Scanlan has been charged with criminal mischief and harassment in connection with an incident on April 18. According to court documents obtained by Spectrum News, Scanlan, while intoxicated, broke his ex-girlfriend's phone and pushed her to the ground.
He also pinned her enough to cause bone contusion of her ribs, according to a statement the woman gave to police
Scanlan has been ordered to stay away from the victim and have no form of communication until November 7.
"Hopefully, today's arrest will put to rest the rumors that have been running rampant about this incident for the last couple of weeks and send a message that we take all incidents of domestic violence seriously, no matter where they are committed or by whom they are committed," Fitzpatrick said in a statement. "This investigation is ongoing."
Scanlan entered a plea of not guilty. His next court appearance will be in July.
Despite initially being reinstated to the Orange, Scanlan didn't practice with his teammates after they threatened to walk out of practice if he was there. He also didn't make the trip to Notre Dame the weekend after he was reinstated.
He currently leads all Orange scorers with 24 goals.
The Orange is ranked ninth in the Inside Lacrosse national poll. The team awaits the reveal of the NCAA tournament bracket this weekend.