Freshmen members of the women’s soccer team at the University of New Mexico allege that they were hazed Sunday night by their teammates.
The women say they were forced to strip naked, drink large quantities of alcohol and were sprayed with urine. One student was taken to the hospital Sunday night after someone called 911.
A spokesperson for the university’s athletic department told KOB-TV that all members of the women’s soccer team are being interviewed.
“We are very early in the process of this and do not have all the facts at this time,” said spokesman Frank Mercogliano. “This is a situation that we take very seriously, and will do everything in our power to get answers to what occurred.”
The women's soccer team is known for it's annual freshman initiation. UNM students seemed to be surprised by the hazing allegations.
"I know a lot of the soccer girls, and I'm surprised that any of them would even do that to someone," a student told KOB-TV.
Freshman volleyball player Keaton Alley said the women's soccer team "seems like a really close-knit team."
“It’s the one sport we are recognized and respected in,” senior Hannah Terseic told KRQE-TV. “It’s really, really disappointing.”
The team has an exhibition game in Texas this weekend, but the school would not disclose whether any of the players were barred from the game.
New Mexico is one of six states with no anti-hazing laws.
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