The Washington Times - May 24, 2011, 09:54AM

Virginia midfielder Rhamel Bratton, who was suspended indefinitely last week, will not play in the NCAA final four.

“Status unchanged,” Virginia coach Dom Starsia said. “He will not be activated for the weekend’s games.”


Bratton, who is the fifth-leading scorer for the seventh-seeded Cavaliers (11-5), was indefinitely suspended before Virginia’s April 30 regular season finale against Penn. At the same time, Shamel Bratton (Rhamel’s brother) was dismissed from the team. Virginia has won three straight games since then.

Rhamel Bratton scored 17 goals and five assists in 12 games. He also served a one-game suspension in an early-season defeat of Stony Brook.

In the absence of the Brattons, Rob Emery and Colin Briggs have assumed roles on Virginia’s first midfield along with John Haldy.

Virginia meets sixth-seeded Denver (15-2) in Saturday’s semifinal. The title game is Monday.

—- Patrick Stevens