Lyle Thompson Named America East Player of the Week; UAlbany Jumps to 16 in National Rankings
ALBANY, N.Y. -- After scoring two goals and handing out a career-high six assists to lead UAlbany to a 16-15 double overtime victory over then 13th-ranked Syracuse, sophomore attackman Lyle Thompson has been named the first America East Conference Player of the Week, as announced by the league office on Monday. In addition, the Great Danes have vaulted into the national spotlight, as they are ranked 16th on both the USILA Coaches' Poll and the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll.
Thompson assisted on three of UAlbany's first four goals, including the first of the game to brother Miles, and two to cousin Ty, as UAlbany jumped out to a 4-0 lead. Thompson later scored an unassisted tally that put the Great Danes up, 6-3, and netted another solo shot in the third quarter that broke a 9-9 tie. He then assisted on two of the Great Danes' next three goals, pushing the UAlbany advantage to 13-9. Thompson made his final statement of the game when it counted most, passing the ball in front of the net to brother Miles, who ended the game with the sudden victory goal.
The Great Danes, who were receiving votes in both polls in the preseason, moved up to 16th in both polls after knocking off Syracuse for the first time in 11 tries. The Orange fell to 18th with the loss. UAlbany's next matchup will come on Saturday, as they visit Drexel, a team who is receiving votes in both the coaches' and media polls.