Bratton Named ACC Co-Player of the Week After Career Day
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia junior midfielder Rhamel Bratton was named Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Lacrosse Co-Player of the Week for the period ending on March 7. Bratton shared the honor with Maryland’s Grant Catalino.
The Huntington Station, N.Y., native scored a career-high four goals in No. 2 Virginia’s 11-10 victory in front of 7,501 fans at Klöckner Stadium over top-ranked Syracuse. Bratton’s goal at 5:46 in the second quarter helped erase an early 5-2 Orange lead and gave UVa the lead for good, 6-5. Bratton scored three of his goals unassisted on All-American goalie John Galloway and added two groundballs for the winning effort.
The last four meetings between Syracuse and Virginia in the series each have been determined by one goal, with UVa holding the 3-1 advantage during the span. The victory is also UVa’s second consecutive over Syracuse when the Orange are ranked No. 1 in the nation and the Cavaliers are No. 2. Syracuse has lost only five games since the start of the 2008 season on the way to back-to-back NCAA national championships. Three of those losses have come at the hands of the Cavaliers.
Catalino also had a career best with goals, including the game-winner, one assist and four groundballs in the No. 7 Terrapins’ 11-10 overtime victory over No. 9 Duke at the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic at M&T Bank Stadium.
The honor is Bratton’s first of his career and he is the second Cavalier to be honored with ACC Player of the Week honors this season. Steele Stanwick was named ACC Player of the Week on Feb. 22 after scoring three goals at Drexel in the season opener.
No. 1 Virginia returns to action on Tuesday when they host in-state foe VMI. Faceoff is at 7 p.m., inside Klöckner Stadium.