Lyle, Miles Thompson Lead Iroquois Nationals to Bronze Medal Finish in 2014 World Games
DENVER – UAlbany’s Miles Thompson and Lyle Thompson have led the Iroquois Nationals to a third place finish in the 2014 World Games, the highest placement ever for the team.
The Iroquois Nationals secured the bronze medal on Saturday. After falling in the semifinals to Team Canada, the Iroquois took down Team Australia 16-5 in the third-place game.
Previously, the Iroquois Nationals had finished fourth in 1998, 2002 and 2006. It is the first time that a squad other than Team USA, Team Canada or Team Australia has finished in the top-three in World Cup history, which began in 1967.
The team combined to go 5-3, with losses only to the two championship game participants, Team USA and Team Canada. It went 4-0 against the rest of the Blue Division, twice defeating Team Australia.
In the tournament, Miles Thompson was the leading scorer for the Iroquois Nationals, combining for 16 goals and 15 assists, including a hat trick and an assist against Australia in the third-place game. Lyle Thompson earned two goals and two assists, tallying 16 goals and seven assists in the tournament.
UAlbany lacrosse had a hand in other play as well.
Assistant coach and 2007 UAlbany alum Eric Wolf assisted Team Israel, which marked itself as one of the top teams outside the Blue Division with a seventh-place finish. It defeated Blue Division member Team Japan 15-10 in the seventh place game on Saturday, going 6-2 with both losses occurring by one-goal to Blue Division opponents.
Riley Lasda and Eli Lasda suited up for Team Latvia, leading the squad to a 5-3 record and 19th place, earning that mark after defeating Poland 17-7. Eli Lasda earned three four-goal performances in consolation play, combining for 17 goals and nine assists. Led by a two-goal, two-assist game against Wales, Riley Lasda finished the Games with nine goals and six assists.
The next FIL World Cup will be in 2018 in Manchester, England.