Lyle Thompson
Born (1992-09-09) September 9, 1992 (age 29)
Onondaga County, New York
NationalityIroquois
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight180 pounds (82 kg)
ShootsRight
PositionAttack / Forward
NCAA teamAlbany (2015)
NLL draft1st overall, 2015
Georgia Swarm
NLL teamGeorgia Swarm
MLL draft1st overall, 2015
Florida Launch
MLL teamsFlorida Launch
Chesapeake Bayhawks
PLL teamCannons
NCAA teamAlbany
Pro career2015–
Career highlights

Lyle Thompson (born September 9, 1992) is an Iroquois professional lacrosse player for the Cannons Lacrosse Club of the Premier Lacrosse League and the Georgia Swarm of the National Lacrosse League. He holds the record for the most career points in Division I with 400 and the second most career assists with 225.[1] He shared the 2014 Tewaaraton Trophy with his brother Miles while winning the award again in 2015 and won the Turnbull Award for the top collegiate attackman twice.[2][3][4]

Early life

Lyle grew up in the Onondaga Nation, NY, one of the five children of Doloris and Jerome Thompson. He began playing lacrosse from a very early age as lacrosse carries spiritual and cultural significance with the Onondaga. He attended LaFayette High School for his Sophomore and Junior years and Salmon River High School where he was an All-American and scored 66 goals and 54 assists in his senior season.

College

Playing for coach Scott Marr at UAlbany, Lyle started at midfield in his freshman season in 2012, scoring 22 goals and 16 assists along with 32 face-off draws. That was his last collegiate season scoring less than 100 points. Moving to attack in his sophomore year, Thompson had 113 points in 2013, 128 in 2014, and 121 in 2015. Lyle, along with his brother Miles were the first Native American players to win the Tewaaraton Trophy; tewaaraton being the Mohawk term for the precursor of modern lacrosse.

Major League Lacrosse

Lyle Thompson was drafted as the top overall pick in the 2015 Collegiate Draft by the Florida Launch; his brother Miles was drafted by the Launch the previous year. Lyle's first game was played against the Ohio Machine, and he played a total of eight games for the Launch during the 2015 season. He had 22 goals and 16 assists in his first season in Major League Lacrosse. On March 3, 2017, Lyle Thompson and his brother Jeremy Thompson were traded from the Florida Launch to the Chesapeake Bayhawks.[5] In 2018 Lyle appeared in 6 games for the Bayhawks netting 20 goals, 1-2pt goal, 8 assists, and 17 ground balls.[6]

National Lacrosse League

On September 28, 2015, Lyle was drafted first overall in the 2015 NLL draft by the Georgia Swarm. Lyle played alongside his brother Miles on the Swarm. In 2017, Thompson was named both league MVP and Championship MVP as the Swarm won their first NLL title.

International competition

As a player for the Iroquois men's national lacrosse team in the 2014 World Lacrosse Championship, Lyle helped the Iroquois Nationals place third, their best-ever result in international field lacrosse competition.

Lyle played for the Iroquois national indoor lacrosse team at the 2015 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship. The Iroquois won the silver medal, falling to Canada in the final match on September 27, 2015.

Lyle again played for the Iroquois in the 2018 World Lacrosse Championship in Israel. They placed 3rd.[7]

College Statistics

   
Season GP G A Pts PPG
2015 19 52 69 121 6.37
2014 18 51 77 128 (a) 7.11
2013 17 50 63 113 6.65
2012 16 22 16 38 2.38
Totals 70 175 225 (b) 400 (c) 5.71
(a) 1st in NCAA Division I single season points
(b) 1st in career assists
(c) 1st in NCAA Division I career points

NLL Career Statistics

Lyle Thompson Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team GP G A Pts LB PIM Pts/GP LB/GP PIM/GP GP G A Pts LB PIM Pts/GP LB/GP PIM/GP

2016 Georgia Swarm 18 27 33 60 81 14 3.33 4.50 0.78 1 4 2 6 8 0 6.00 8.00 0.00
2017 Georgia Swarm 18 45 71 116 126 8 6.44 7.00 0.44 4 6 15 21 20 0 5.25 5.00 0.00
2018 Georgia Swarm 18 46 40 86 123 6 4.78 6.83 0.33 1 1 2 3 10 0 3.00 10.00 0.00
2019 Georgia Swarm 18 43 62 105 94 6 5.83 5.22 0.33 1 3 4 7 7 0 7.00 7.00 0.00
2020 Georgia Swarm 12 27 33 60 87 4 5.00 7.25 0.33
2022 Georgia Swarm 17 47 55 102 107 8 6.00 6.29 0.47
101 235 294 529 618 46 5.24 6.12 0.46 7 14 23 37 45 0 5.29 6.43 0.00
Career Total: 108 249 317 566 663 46 5.24 6.14 0.43

GP–Games played; G–Goals; A–Assists; Pts–Points; LB–Loose balls; PIM–Penalty minutes; Pts/GP–Points per games played; LB/GP–Loose balls per games played; PIM/GP–Penalty minutes per games played.

MLL Career Statistics

Lyle Thompson Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team GP G 2PG A Pts Sh GB Pen PIM FOW FOA GP G 2PG A Pts Sh GB Pen PIM FOW FOA
2015 Florida Launch 8 22 0 16 38 53 17 0 0 0 0
2016 Florida Launch 9 14 0 18 32 50 18 0 0 0 0
2017 Chesapeake Bayhawks 6 19 1 8 28 54 17 0 1 0 0
2018 Chesapeake Bayhawks 3 7 0 3 10 23 5 0 1 0 0 1 4 0 1 5 7 3 0 0 0 0
2019 Chesapeake Bayhawks 15 46 0 27 73 137 35 1 1 0 0 2 5 0 3 8 14 5 0 0 0 0
2020 Chesapeake Bayhawks 5 14 0 5 19 37 12 0 0 0 0
46 122 1 77 200 354 104 1 3 0 0 3 9 0 4 13 21 8 0 0 0 0
Career Total: 49 131 1 81 213 375 112 1 3 0 0

GP–Games played; G–Goals; 2PG–2-point goals; A–Assists; Pts–Points; Sh–Shots; GB–Ground balls; Pen–Penalties; PIM–Penalty minutes; FOW–Faceoffs won; FOA–Faceoffs attempted

PLL Statistics

Lyle Thompson Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team GP G 2PG A Pts Sh GB Pen PIM FOW FOA GP G 2PG A Pts Sh GB Pen PIM FOW FOA
2021 Cannons 9 22 0 10 32 67 21 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 2 3 6 4 0 0 0 0
9 22 0 10 32 67 21 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 2 3 6 4 0 0 0 0
Career Total: 10 23 0 12 35 73 25 2 1 0 0

GP–Games played; G–Goals; 2PG–2-point goals; A–Assists; Pts–Points; Sh–Shots; GB–Ground balls; Pen–Penalties; PIM–Penalty minutes; FOW–Faceoffs won; FOA–Faceoffs attempted

Awards

Preceded byDhane Smith NLL Most Valuable Player 2017 Succeeded byMark Matthews

See also

References

  1. ^ http://espn.go.com/college-sports/story/_/id/12704349/lyle-thompson-albany-great-dane-now-top-division-scorer-men-lacrosse-history , ESPN
  2. ^ http://www.ualbanysports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=205388918 , Albany Athletic Department Biography
  3. ^ http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2013/06/07/meet-lyle-thompson-indian-countrys-best-college-lacrosse-player-149783 Archived 2016-10-26 at the Wayback Machine, Indian Country Today
  4. ^ http://www.insidelacrosse.com/article/albany-s-lyle-thompson-wins-back-to-back-tewaaraton-awards/32283 , Inside Lacrosse
  5. ^ "Lyle Thompson - Thompson Brothers". Thompson Brothers. Retrieved 2017-04-11.
  6. ^ http://mll.stats.pointstreak.com/teamplayerstats.html?teamid=53004&seasonid=16530[bare URL]
  7. ^ http://worldlacrosse2018.com/
  8. ^ a b "Lyle Thompson". Premier Lacrosse League. Retrieved 2022-03-01.