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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Three Virginia men’s lacrosse players were selected in the 2011 Major League Lacrosse Draft (MLL), highlighted by first round selection Shamel Bratton, who was the fourth overall selection by the Boston Cannons. Brother Rhamel Bratton went in the third round, 17th overall, to his hometown Long Island Lizards. Goalie Adam Ghitelman was an eighth round selection and 45th overall pick by the Denver Outlaws rounding out UVa’s MLL selections in the 2011 draft.

The MLL held its annual draft in January for the first time in league history. The previous 10 drafts for the league that debuted in 2001 were held in the month of June.

The trio joins a list of 47 previous Cavaliers who have gone on to play in the MLL following their Virginia careers. Including the 2011 draft, 34 Cavaliers have been picked in the MLL Collegiate Draft, including 13 first-round selections in the 11-year-old league. Only Syracuse has more first round selections (15).

Shamel Bratton became the 13th player in program history to earn USILA first-team All-American honors twice. The Huntington, N.Y., native finished 2010 No. 4 on the squad with 24 goals and 17 assists for 41 total points. His 69 career goals rank No. 9 all-time among UVa midfielders.

Rhamel Bratton earned second-team USILA All-American honors in 2010, his first career nod on the prestigious team. The Huntington, N.Y., native finished with career highs in goals (23) and assists (8), while starting every game on the first midfield.

Ghitelman earned his first career All-American honor in 2010 when the USILA named him to its third-team. The MVP of the ACC Tournament, the Cold Spring, N.Y., native enters 2011 with a 38-6 career record inside the pipes. He ranked No. 7 in the nation in 2010 with an 8.25 GAA and was No. 22 in the nation with a .548 save percentage, while going up against some of the most potent offensive attacks in the country.

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