December 28, 2011's Most Read Stories of the Year

by Corey McLaughlin | | Twitter

Cortney Fortunato, the youngest player on the U.S. U19 women's team, scored three goals in the FIL World Championship game against Australia in Hannover, Germany, in August.
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We have some sophisticated analytics that we can run on -- don't worry, it's just numbers -- that reveal which stories are read the most. The results can sometimes be surprising, but are always revealing. This year, three stories about the Bratton brothers cracked our top 10 most-read, along with coverage of several US Lacrosse events.

Thanks for reading this year, and we look forward to seeing you in 2012.

1. Shamel Bratton Dismissed From Virginia Lacrosse Team; Rhamel Suspended Indefinitely, April 29

Love them or hate them, the Bratton twins were newsmakers in 2011. The announcement that Shamel had been dismissed from the Virginia men's lacrosse team for repeated team rules violations and that Rhamel was suspended indefinitely (a suspension that lasted through the end of the season) was the most read story on this year.

2. Virginia's Bratton Brothers Suspended, Miss Game Against Stony Brook, Feb. 26

Early-season discipline by Virginia coach Dom Starsia also made news, when Shamel and Rhamel were suspended for a highly-anticipated road game at preseason darling Stony Brook in February.

3. Live Coverage of USL U15 Girls National Championship, July 20-22

Interested parties checked in to Brian Logue and Paul Krome's marathon three-day live blog coverage from Florida of US Lacrosse's Under 15 Girls' National Championship, won by the Yellow Jackets from Long Island.

4. Live Coverage of USL U15 Boys National Championship, July 22-24

Readers were hanging on every one of Brian and Paul's updates again, as they continued live blog coverage from Florida, with reporting on US Lacrosse's Under 15 Boys' National Championship.

5. US Lacrosse Names 2012 U.S. Men's U19 Team, July 11

The announcement of the U.S U19 Men's National Team was eagerly awaited. When the roster was released, the country got a glimpse at some of the game's current and future stars.

6. U.S. Rallies Past Australia for FIL U19 Women's World Championship, Aug. 13

The U.S. rallied from a first-half deficit to beat rival Australia in the U19 Women's World Championship game. Attackers Cortney Fortunato and Covie Stanwick led the Americans with three goals each. Midfielder Tatum Coffey (2g) won player of the match for her tough play between the lines on the fiercely contested draws.

7. Video: Zack Greer Shooting for Accuracy, Feb. 2

Shooting tips from Zack Greer? Why not watch?

8. Virginia Star Shamel Bratton Benched Against Maryland; Starsia Calls Suspension 'Indefinite', April 2

Shamel Bratton's second suspension of the season came leading up to the Cavaliers' early April ACC showdown with Maryland.

9. USL/ESPN Rise Video: Faceoff Tips from Bayhawks, Team USA Star Alex Smith, March 17

Team USA and Chesapeake Bayhawks faceoff specialist Alex Smith shed some light on the reasons for his faceoff success.

10. Third Time a Charm: FLG Wins US Lacrosse National Championship, July 24

For the Love of the Game, playing in the US Lacrosse Boys' U15 National Championship game for the third straight year, brought home its first title with a 13-7 victory over the Long Island Jesters.

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