10/12/2011 07:12 EDT | Updated 12/12/2011 05:12 EST

Lacrosse Head Stomp Could Lead To Assault Charge For 15-Year-Old Player


KAMLOOPS, B.C. - An assault charge is being recommended against a 15-year-old lacrosse player from Kelowna, B.C., after he allegedly stomped another player on the head in a game last summer.

The RCMP recommendation stems from an incident in Kamloops during a game between the Kelowna Kodiaks and Kamloops Rattlers on June 26.

Witnesses said a Kelowna player came across the floor and cross-checked Rattlers' player Blake Rose in the neck, then stomped on his head when Rose fell to the floor.

The Kelowna player was ejected from the game and Rose was taken to hospital where it was determined he'd suffered soft tissue damage, but no broken bones.

Staff Sgt. Grant Learned says one of the investigators' main challenges was drawing the line between accepted game play and a violent criminal act.

It's up to Crown Counsel to review the recommendation and decide whether to approve the charge. (CFJC)