After the rumor mill swirled during the week, official news out of Virginia this afternoon indicates that senior Shamel Bratton has been dismissed from the Virginia men’s lacrosse team. Here is the official news release from UVa Athletics Media Relations:
Virginia men’s head lacrosse coach Dom Starsia announced today (April 29) that senior midfielder Shamel Bratton has been dismissed from the team for the violation of team policies.
“I want to wish Shamel the very best in his future endeavors,” Starsia said. “He has made many contributions to the program. At the same time, there are standards of behavior within the framework of the team that we expect to be met by all of our student-athletes. Failure to do so on a consistent basis has resulted in the loss of the privilege of being a member of this team.”
Bratton concludes his UVa career with 89 goals, which ranks No. 3 all-time among Virginia midfielders. The Huntington, N.Y., native also finishes with 40 career assists and 129 career points, ranking No. 5 and No. 1 respectively among UVa midfielders all-time. Bratton finishes the season with 20 goals and eight assists on 22.2 percent shooting.
The Cavaliers host Penn on Saturday at 3 p.m. in the final game of the regular season.