College lacrosse national notebook

Virginia coach Dom Starsia said senior midfielder Shamel Bratton is "likely" to play against North Carolina on Saturday, returning an explosive element to the Cavaliers' offense. "He's back in eligible status and will likely be in the lineup," Starsia told Inside Lacrosse on Thursday afternoon.

Bratton was suspended before last week's loss against Maryland. Earlier this week, Starsia said Bratton's status would be determined by this week's practice. There was no single incident that led to the suspension, with Starsia saying earlier this week that "there's a whole lot that goes into it."

"I'm in the education business. These guys are college kids. They stumble at times, and it's my job to help them figure it out," Starsia said. "He's done a nice job this week, and we're glad to have him back."

• Denver will be without senior midfielder Andrew Lay on Saturday against Duke in a game played at Bethpage High School on Long Island. He suffered a season-ending jaw injury last week in practice. Lay joins fellow senior midfielder Pat Rodgers and sophomore attackman Colin Scott on the injured list. Denver coach Bill Tierney and Duke coach John Danowski both grew up 10 miles within the high school.

Syracuse officials this week said that senior defenseman John Lade should be healthy enough to play in the Orange's game Saturday against Princeton. Lade suffered an ankle injury late in the game against the Duke Blue Devils in the Konica Minolta Big City Classic at New Meadowlands Stadium.

• Georgetown attackman Zac Guy, a sophomore , is questionable to play against Notre Dame on Sunday, sources close to the program said. He has been out since he injured his thumb in the season opener. If he does not play this week, there is a chance he will redshirt.

• Calvert Hall moved up to No. 5 in the Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse Power Rankings from No. 6. The Cardinals had wins over La Salle (Pa.) and Mt. St. Joseph's. McDonogh lept from No. 14 to No. 7 with wins over St. Paul's and Archbishop Spalding. Boys' Latin fell from No. 11 to 20, and St. Paul's dropped from No. 12 to 18.

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