Thompson Trio Named USILA Division I All-Americans
ALBANY, N.Y. – Following a memorable 2013 season, the University at Albany men’s lacrosse starting attack of Lyle, Miles and Ty Thompson were honored as United States Inside Lacrosse Association Division I All-American selections on Thursday, May 23. Lyle Thompson became the second Great Dane in program history to be named a First Team All-American (Frank Resetarits was the first in 2007).
The three selections are the most for UAlbany since placing four on the various All-America teams in 2007.
A Tewaaraton Award Finalist, Lyle put together one of the best seasons for an individual in NCAA men’s lacrosse history. The sophomore attack racked up 113 points on 50 goals and 63 assists, which was two points shy of breaking the all-time NCAA record set by Steve Marahol (114 points in 1992). The Onondaga Nation, N.Y. native became the fourth Great Dane to be named the America East Player of the Year. In 17 games, Lyle is the nation’s leader in points per game with 6.65, which is the 13th highest points per game for an individual in NCAA history.
Brother and cousin, Miles and Ty, were named Honorable Mention All-Americans, giving UAlbany six total to the respective list in Great Dane history (Brian Caufield, Jordan Levine, Brett Queener and Luke Daquino were previous Honorable Mentions).
In just 12 games, Miles Thompson impressed in his limited time on the field. He broke three UAlbany single-game records. Against Bryant on March 16, the junior attack wielded nine goals, which tied him for 13th in NCAA history for goals in a single game (12 players, nine have scored 10 and three have scored 11). Then in the regular-season finale against Stony Brook, the Onondaga Nation, N.Y. native rattled off the third best single-game performance in NCAA history with 14 points on five goals and nine assists. His 14 points, nine goals and nine assists are all tops in the UAlbany single-game record book.
Ty showed off that he was one of the best finishers in the game this past season. In 18 games, the junior attack scored 54 goals (3rd in the nation) and averaged 3.00 goals a game (5th in the nation). With a team-high 134 shots, the Mohawk Nation, N.Y. native tallied a 40.3 shooting percentage. In a crucial conference contest against UMBC earlier in the season, Ty had his best performance of his career, scoring eight goals.
The Thompson Trio was a special attack group overall. Lyle, Miles and Ty tallied the nation’s highest point total as a starting attack group with 259 points. The next closest attacking group is Cornell’s Rob Pannell, Steve Mock and Matt Donovan with 196.
For the complete list of All-Americans, visit http://www.usila.org/allamer.html.