February 26, 2011

Virginia's Bratton Brothers Suspended, Miss Game Against Stony Brook

by Sam Kilb | Special to Lacrosse Magazine Online | Game Blog Replay

All-American midfielder Shamel Bratton and his twin brother Rhamel Bratton did not play for Virginia against Stony Brook on Saturday due to "a little violation of team policy," coach Dom Starsia said. "It's been resolved."

STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- While the top-ranked Virginia men's lacrosse team has enjoyed a 3-0 record to start the 2011 season, it's been a rocky start for the Cavaliers off the field.

Starting goaltender senior Adam Ghitelman missed the first game of the season, a 12-9 win over No. 20 Drexel, after being suspended by the team.

Then in Saturday's high-profile matchup against No. 5 Stony Brook, Virginia was missing starting midfielders seniors Shamel and Rhamel Bratton, who did not make the trip to Long Island.

Virginia head coach Dom Starsia classified the Brattons' absence as a team issue.

"It's a little violation of team policy, that's all," Starsia said. "It's been resolved."

Starsia said he expects the brothers back at practice Sunday and to play against VMI on Monday.

Ghitleman's suspension was only described by Starsia as a "team matter" that was "resolved," according to reports.

Virginia held on in overtime to defeat the Seawolves, 11-10, in a rematch of last year's NCAA quarterfinal game.

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