MLL Rookie Focus: Lyle Thompson

There was no surprise when Lyle Thompson’s name was called first in the MLL draft. Lyle will be taking his talents down to Florida this summer for the next step in his lacrosse career as a member of the second year franchise Florida Launch. Only as a tenth grader he out-shined teammate and number one senior in the country John Greeley in the state championship game which his Lafayette team did not win but the game would of been far from close it not for Lyle.

Three time Central New York winner and high school All American once the number one junior then senior in the country could have gone to any school he wanted but he put his faith in his brother Miles and cousin Ty to go to Albany University and become a Great Dane. In these last three seasons, Lyle has turned the lacrosse world up side down and had a great freshman season but once coach Scott Marr moved Lyle down to attack to work with his brother and cousin the real great stuff came. In his Sophomore year Lyle scored a hundred and thirteen points, broke school records for assists in a season with sixty-three. Albany has a team went to the first round of the NCAA tournament where Denver and Wesley Berg came out victorious.

Lyle also was named a Tewaaraton Award finalist but he did not win. That summer Lyle went in hunt for his second straight president cup championship with his three brothers Jeremy, Jerome, Miles. All four had won the previous summer with the St. Regis Braves  but now were suiting up for the Caughnawaga Indians which they won the 2013 Three Nation Senior Lacrosse League championship but also fell short at the president cup tournament. Also that summer Lyle played in his second straight founders cup with the Onondaga Redhawks where he took bronze in the junior B Founders cups. In the spring of 2014 Lyle playing his last season with both Miles and Ty saw all three of these players and Albany take its games to new heights.

Albany saw itself win another American East Championship and saw its self in the NCAA Quarterfinals where they had a heartbreaking OT lose to Notre Dame.  For Lyle he broke the NCAA points recorded scoring a hundred and twenty-eight points ( 51G, 77A). Lyle also took the Tewaaraton award being a co winner with his brother Miles both becoming the first Native Americans to win the award. Lyle and his three brothers also took their summer box game back home this summer playing for the Senior B Onondaga Redhawks where they took the Can-am championship and Lyle also help lead the Redhawks to their second Presidents cup championship in five years. He also took bronze at the Worlds with the Iroquois Nationals also being named to the All World team.

Going into this spring, Lyle Thompson’s last as a college player ,he is the best player in all of college lacrosse and is quickly becoming one of the greatest players to ever pick up a lacrosse stick. The Florida Launch have a great player with Lyle and he will quickly become one of the top players to watch in Major League Lacrosse

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