Milliman, Cornell Named in Negligence Lawsuit

(Photo Courtesy of Cornell Athletics)

As first reported by the Cornell Daily Sun, Cornell head men’s lacrosse coach Peter Milliman and the school has been named in a negligence lawsuit filed by a woman who claims to have been hit by a lacrosse ball.

According to court documents, Gloria and Brian Abrams were visiting Cornell University on August 19th, 2017 and parked adjacent to Schoellkopf Field where the Cornell men’s lacrosse team was practicing. 

Gloria Abrams was hit by a lacrosse ball during their visit to Cornell and their negligence suit- which was filed on Nov. 14th, 2019 in the Supreme Court of the State of New York- states that Milliman and the University failed to erect the proper safety nets to stop balls from leaving the playing field. 

Milliman was serving as the interim head coach at Cornell at the time of the event and was elevated to full head coach following the 2018 season where he led the Big Red to a 13-5 record and NCAA tournament appearance. 

According to the suit, Gloria Abrams “was caused to sustain serious injuries and to have suffered pain, shock and mental anguish.” The suit also states that the injuries and effects of Abrams injury will be permanent and Abrams will be “unable to perform normal activities and duties”

Also, a second cause of action has been filed on the behalf of Brian Abrams and states that the incident involving his wife have deprived him of  “the services, societies, companionship and consortium of his said spouse.”

The Cornell men’s lacrosse team is set to open their 2020 season on February 15th against the Albany Great Danes at home. 

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