NEW BRITAIN — The two Central Connecticut football players who were suspended for Saturday’s playoff game at New Hampshire face breach of peace charges following a large off-campus party Saturday night that went into Sunday morning.
Blue Devils starting quarterback Jacob Dolegala and reserve offensive lineman Dave Cinti were charged along with two other residents of a Stanley Street home near the CCSU campus.
The party came to attention of CCSU police around 12 a.m. Nov. 19 after a university sergeant on off-campus party patrol heard shouting and a large crowd screaming, a police report said. Sgt. Ramon Baez moved in to investigate and found two men arguing and a large party going on at 1479 Stanley St. Baez called CCSU dispatch for backup and started dispersing the crowd. He estimated about 200 kids were at the party and many appeared to be intoxicated.
New Britain police also helped disperse the crowd and "shooed" them back to campus, said Sgt. Jerry Erwin, who was also on party patrol and came to assist.
"There were a good amount of people and they all were respectful as they left to go back to campus," Erwin said.
No one appeared to be so intoxicated they needed medical attention, he added. The four roommates were identified and issued misdemeanor summons for second-degree breach of peace. They are scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court to answer to the charges on Dec. 1.
Partying off campus has been a huge issue in the neighborhoods surrounding the university for years. About two months ago, four other CCSU football players were charged and suspended from playing for throwing a similar party. New Britain and CCSU police work collaboratively to address the quality of life issues in the off campus neighborhoods, Erwin said.
"The kids (the four charged Saturday) were remorseful and said it just got out of hand," Erwin said.
Blue Devils head coach Pete Rossomando suspended the players on Monday on what was deemed a “violation of team rules.”
The head coach did not say what those violations were but said: “We hold our players to a high standard. And unfortunately, they did not meet those standards. It doesn’t matter if you’re the starting quarterback or the fifth-string left guard. People say it’s a bad time, but the way I look at it, it’s never a good time.”
Dolegala has started every game this season, completing 52.9 percent of his passes for 1,953 yards with 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He’s also run for 212 yards and four touchdowns on 52 carries to help lead the Blue Devils to their first FCS playoff appearance in school history.
Cinti has played in nine games this season.
CCSU (8-3) will take on New Hampshire (7-4) Saturday at 2 p.m.