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Violence Becoming Norm for Women's Sports?

A women's college soccer game turned ugly for one player whose aggression is causing a ruckus - both on and off the field.

CBS News correspondent Michelle Gielan reported 20-year-old college soccer player Elizabeth Lambert is causing an Internet uproar for her shocking behavior on the field many are wondering if violence in women's sports is becoming the norm.

Lambert, a New Mexico college player, was caught on tape with some extreme examples of unsportsmanlike conduct.

Lambert hit, kicked, and punched her way through the game. Coaches later suspended her from the team

Joel Fish, a sports psychologist, said, "We're just not used to as a culture seeing someone pull someone's hair and knock them down."

Gielan said it seems girls of all ages are behaving badly -- as demonstrated by two Providence, R.I., high school soccer teams let fists fly in the middle of game this weekend.

The fight captured on video by WPRI-TV broke out Sunday with about a minute left in a match between Woonsocket and Tolman high schools.

Woonsocket was leading 5-0 when two players collided, setting off the fray. Fans fought in the bleachers during an awards ceremony.

Woonsocket coach Kathleen Fagnant says she doesn't know how the fight started but says she isn't going to "take the fall for that."

Aggression, Gielan said, is nothing new for many male athletes -- and fans are used to it. However, on the women's side unsportsmanlike conduct is making headlines - and is becoming more common.

Fish said, "Girls are having the opportunity to play contact sports more than ever before and when competitors compete, boy or girl, and there is a contact sport, emotions can fly."

Many soccer coaches agree, it's not necessarily a case of hormones, it might just be part of the game.

Coach Jennifer Rockwood of Brigham Young University said, "Sometimes things happen on the field and we don't have any control over them."

Lambert apologized for her actions, saying, "I let my emotions get the best of me in a heated situation. I take full responsibility for my actions and accept any punishment felt necessary."

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