ORONO – Maine hockey player Ryan Lomberg has been suspended from the team after being accused of assault and disorderly conduct for his role in a fight at a house party.
Orono Police Chief Josh Ewing said Lomberg was summonsed Thursday after an investigation into an April 27 fight that left a fellow student with a broken nose and a concussion.
Ewing said Lomberg, 19, was at a party on Summer Street in the early-morning hours when an altercation broke out after a dispute about a dog belonging to a female acquaintance of Lomberg and the alleged 21-year-old victim.
The man came to the police station at 5 p.m. April 27 to file the complaint against Lomberg. Police allege that Lomberg knocked the student to the ground and continued to punch him in the head and kick him in the midsection.
Lomberg has an 8:30 a.m. June 19 court date in Bangor to face the assault charge, which is a Class D misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine. Ewing said the district attorney will decide whether the severity of the injuries warrant elevating the charge against Lomberg to aggravated assault, which would be a felony.
An investigation by the UMaine Conduct Office is underway, and Lomberg has been suspended from the team pending the outcome, said Margaret Nagle, the university’s senior director of public relations.
Typically, students referred to the Conduct Office for serious breaches of UMaine’s Student Conduct Code are suspended from participating in UMaine activities other than academic classes until the conclusion of the investigation and hearing, which can result in sanctions.
The university is cooperating with the Orono Police Department, Nagle said.
Lomberg, a forward from Richmond Hill, Ontario, scored 18 points in his sophomore season and tied for a team-high 40 penalty minutes.