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posted 05.24.2011 at 10.58 a.m. by Corey McLaughlin

Rhamel Bratton Won’t Play in Final Four

The indefinite suspension of Virginia senior midfielder Rhamel Bratton will continue through this weekend’s NCAA final four, Cavaliers coach Dom Starsia said, meaning Bratton’s season is over.

“Status unchanged; He will not be activated for the weekend's games,” Starsia said Tuesday morning.

Rhamel Bratton, a third-round pick of the Major League Lacrosse’s Long Island Lizards, was indefinitely suspended the week leading up to Virginia’s game versus Penn April 30, for violating team rules. His twin brother, Shamel, the No. 4 overall pick of the MLL’s Boston Cannons, was kicked off the team that same week for repeated team rules violations.

The Cavaliers (11-5) have won three straight games since, beginning with an 11-2 win over Penn that Starsia has called the team’s most complete performance of the season. Virginia most recently beat Cornell, 13-9, in the NCAA quarterfinal round Saturday. It faces Denver (15-2) at 4 p.m. Saturday in the national semifinals in Baltimore.

Rhamel Bratton had 17 goals and five assists in 12 games this season. He and his brother each served one-game suspensions during an early-season win over Stony Brook.  Shamel Bratton was then indefinitely suspended prior to an April 2 game against Maryland, but returned to the team. His third suspension led to his dismissal.

Rhamel’s indefinite suspension came after just his second public team rules violation, but he was never brought back on the field like his brother, and his season is now finished.

Both have yet to renounce their college eligibility and thus have been ineligible for MLL or professional play.

Rob Emery, Colin Briggs and John Haldy have comprised the Cavaliers' first midfield in the absence of the Brattons.

Attackman Steele Stanwick, now healthier than he's been all season (foot, calf), has registered six goals and 14 assists the last three games. His 20 points in the three games account for 31 percent of his points this season.

Add the Stony Brook game into the equation, in which the Brattons did not play and when Stanwick had seven points, and Stanwick has registered 42 percent of his points this season in four games when the Brattons did not play.