A disturbing video of a New Trier lacrosse player has been circulating since early March. It shows the player on his knees with a White Claw box placed over his head. Another player then taps his shoulder, and then a blue plastic bat is driven into the player’s shoulder.
After receiving numerous messages, Herrala decided to investigate the matter, but the incident has not yet been resolved. The school has placed the lacrosse team on probation for the next two seasons. The investigation is continuing and the lacrosse coach has been removed from the team. The school has not released any details about the incident, but has said it will not tolerate hazing.
The New Trier boys varsity lacrosse team was placed on probation this month after allegations of hazing. The incident occurred during a party off-campus, and video of the incident shows a player kicking and slapping another player repeatedly. The players were then filmed hitting their teammate with a plastic baseball bat. The team is barred from playing out-of-state competitions and must undergo anti-hazing training. The school said the investigation was “appalling” and that the players have been disciplined for their behavior. The boys will not be able to compete for the next two years.
New Trier Boys Lacrosse is a top-ranked program in Illinois, and has won 13 state championships since 1995. In the 2021 sectional championships, the team faced rival Loyola Academy. The Record is a nonprofit community newsroom that relies on reader support to keep reporting on local events. Contributions to the newspaper are tax-deductible.
The New Trier lacrosse team hazing scandal has affected not only the team, but also the school’s athletic program. The scandal has caused students to question their values and distance themselves from team members. However, the athletic program has not been impacted, and the team will continue to play.
The school’s athletic department is re-evaluating the situation after each season. Herrala did not ask to continue as a coach this year. The athletic director said that the decision was “personal” and she would not comment on it further. But, it is important to note that Herrala has coached more than 200 games and seven state championships.
Despite the school’s recent scandal, New Trier’s lacrosse team is still on probation. They will not be allowed to play any out-of-state competitions. In addition, the team is not allowed to have social gatherings off campus. In addition, the investigation has not been closed, but the punishments for violating the rules are “significant.” Although New Trier officials have not responded to requests for comment, they have promised further punishment for those involved.