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UNH football players charged with assaulting off-duty policewoman

September 16, 1997 GMT

WEST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ Two captains of the University of New Haven football team have been charged with assaulting an off-duty policewoman during a melee at a bar.

Shane McNeely, 22, of Arlington, Mass., and Christopher Powanda, 22, of Seymour, both seniors, were arrested early Sunday after an incident at Eddie’s Cafe, which is located near the UNH campus.

Police said they were also investigating the assault of three men who tried to come to the aid of the woman. All three were severely beaten, and were treated at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

McNeely, a linebacker, is 5-foot-11 and weighs 220 pounds. Powanda, a defensive end, is 6-foot-3 and weighs 220 pounds.

Each was charged with third-degree assault in the beating of the woman, a Yale University police officer. Police said she did not identify herself as a law officer during the confrontation.

McNeely and Jeanette Marchant, 22, of West Haven, who was also charged with assault, kicked and punched the woman, police reports said. The Connecticut Post said Marchant is McNeely’s girlfriend and not a student at UNH.

The football players had gone to the bar shortly after returning from a 38-0 victory at East Stroudsburg.

University officials said they had not yet decided whether to discipline the players.

``At this point we’re investigating the whole situation, trying to get through a host of conflicting stories,″ said Bill Leete, director of student affairs and athletics.

The players could not be reached for comment. The university said it could not give out any student phone numbers.