Five women's lacrosse players at the University of Maryland Baltimore County are accused of threatening freshman teammates in text messages and have been suspended indefinitely.

UMBC athletic director Tim Hall did not discuss specifics of the texts in an interview Monday, but he says the school has taken steps to protect the team's freshmen. In addition to suspending the five players, the squad has been practicing recently without any contact drills.

The messages were written in GroupMe, which claims to be "a private chat room for your small group."

Mackenzie Reese, Alyssa Semones, Amber Kovalick, Meghan Milani and Brittany Marquess have been suspended, with no timetable for their return.

The players have already missed two games — last Wednesday against Drexel and Saturday against Manhattan.