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Bratton duo slated to suit up for Virginia vs. Syracuse

Barring an unforeseen setback, Shamel and Rhamel Bratton are expected to play for No. 2 Virginia Friday night against No. 1 Syracuse.

The senior midfielders sat out the Cavaliers’ 11-10 overtime win against No. 5 Stony Brook last Saturday for what Inside Lacrosse called a violation of team rules.

Coach Dom Starsia did not dispute that characterization, saying, “It was just that. Kids are kids, and the situation resolved itself, and they were back playing. They played Monday night against VMI, and they’re doing fine.”

The Bratton twins returned to their customary starting roles against the Keydets on Monday. Shamel Bratton recorded a goal and an assist, while Rhamel Bratton scooped up three ground balls in Virginia’s 22-6 throttling.

Starsia said the Brattons will play against the Orange. “They’re fine,” he said. “They’re ready to go.”

Syracuse senior goalie John Galloway said on Monday that the defense was game-planning for the Cavaliers with the Brattons.

“We’re preparing for them like they are,” Galloway said. “But if they don’t, they have a very talented attack and they have some midfielders, some young guys that are filling it up for them. But as of right now, we’re expecting both of them to be playing.”

Posted by Edward Lee at 10:00 AM | | Comments (2)


Does anyone know if this game will be televised? Hopefully it will be since Hopkins doesn't play tonight. It would be nice to see some talented offenses.
Ed: I think it's on ESPNU.

What a shock that Starsia would allow them to play this game... It's called: "Sin at leisure, Repent in haste."

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