December 24, 2013

Thompson's Tewaaraton Breakthrough is Milestone Choice

by Corey McLaughlin | | Twitter | McLaughlin Archive

Lyle Thompson with his family at the Tewaaraton Award ceremony in Washington, D.C. (John Strohsacker/

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Lyle Thompson is just getting started.

Just getting started playing attack. Just getting started as a father to his two young children. Just getting started taking the college lacrosse world by storm.

And yet he's already "probably the best offensive player in the country," Denver coach Bill Tierney said.

Thompson finished the 2013 season — his sophomore year at Albany — with 113 points, one shy of tying the NCAA Division I single-season record set by former UMBC attackman Steve Marahol in 1992. He likely would have broken the record had he not missed a game for the birth of his daughter.

But he did reach one significant milestone: He became the first Native American finalist for the Native American-inspired Tewaaraton Award.

Fan Vote

The fans chose Thompson's finalist status for the native-inspired award as their choice as well, granting the Albany attacker just under 40%, a 13 percentage point gap over the second place milestone of NCAA DI women's sponsorship crossing the 100-team mark.

The jaw-dropping streak that Onondaga Community College is on - due in part to the steady stream of native players that Chuck Wilbur's squads attract with hopes of moving on to schools like Syracuse - took 18% of the vote, followed closely by Rob Pannell's NCAA record-setting 353-point career output in Ithaca. Denver's perfect MLL season may have suffered after they fell in the MLL semifinals, but they still are the only team in league history to make it through a season unscathed, whether or not a championship followed.

Lyle Thompson (1st Native Tewaaraton Finalist) 39%
NCAA D-I Women's Lacrosse (100 Teams)
Onondaga CC (70th Straight Win)
Rob Pannell, Cornell (NCAA Scoring Record)
Denver Outlaws (MLL Perfect Season)

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