Thompson Brothers Set Guinness World Record in Swarm Win
The Thompson brothers made history yet again.
In the Georgia Swarm's home opener Saturday night, an 18-10 win over the two-time defending champion Saskatchewan Rush, the Thompsons set a Guinness World Record by all four brothers taking the floor at the same time in a professional lacrosse game.
They now officially hold the Guinness World Record title of "Most siblings to compete in same professional lacrosse game."
"Having four incredibly talented siblings and world class lacrosse athletes play in our league is a rare feat, and a testament to their athletic skill and passion for box lacrosse," said National Lacrosse League commissioner Nick Sakiewicz. "It's a truly a historic moment – for the sport, the league, and the Thompson brothers."
Their father, Jerome Sr., rented a 14-passenger van so the entire Thompson family could make the trip down for the event.
“It's pretty cool that I get the opportunity to be on the same floor as all my brothers, all people who I've always looked up to and who have taught me a lot," said Lyle Thompson.
The record became more memorable as each Thompson brother recorded at least one point in the game. For the Swarm, Miles Thompson recorded five points (4G, 1A), Lyle Thompson tallied eight points (2G, 6A), and Jerome Thompson finished the night with two points (1G, 1A). Jeremy Thompson added one assist for the Rush.
"It's always quite the accomplishment when you get to play at the highest level of lacrosse and to be playing against the brothers makes it that much more meaningful,” said Jeremy Thompson. “It's not every sports season you get to see a group of brothers playing amongst or against each other at a high level of lacrosse. I know my brothers are playing for the same reasons as me and that makes this a very special event."
The Swarm (1-0) flew by the Rush (0-1) thanks to a run of seven unanswered goals bridging the second and third quarters on Harrah's Cherokee Casino Field at Infinite Energy Arena.
Georgia's Miles Thompson scored the first goal of the match just two minutes in on a power play, while free agent signing Mike Poulin earned his first win, replacing Brodie MacDonald in the second quarter to spark the run, allowing only three goals on 24 shots in over 38 minutes.
"[Comeau] always talks about how this is a game of runs," Lyle Thompson said, "and all he said in the locker room is don't get too high or too low. We came off of a run going into halftime, but we were only up by one against the two-time defending champs, and that's exactly what we did. We couldn't be too high; we couldn't be too low. We had to go out there and keep grinding."
The 2016 NLL Rookie of the Year Randy Staats had the final goal in the game, netting a hat trick for the Swarm in the 18-10 victory.
"[The Rush is] a team that's come back from lots of deficits in the past," Comeau said. "We were pretty conscious of that, and we knew what we needed to do. Credit to our guys. We executed the right decisions at the right time."
The Vancouver Stealth (2-0) swept the weekend, netting wins against the Calgary Roughnecks (0-1) on Friday and the Colorado Mammoth (1-1) on Saturday.
Despite a late rally of four straight goals, the Roughnecks fell short in their home opener as the Stealth held on for a 12-11 victory, led by a eight-point effort (3G, 5A) from Corey Small.
Then thanks to a Rhys Dutch sock-trick, Vancouver earned consecutive road wins to open its season, topping the Mammoth 15-9 with two four-goal runs in the final nine goals of the game.
“I don’t know if we underestimated them since they played last night, but we have to be better all-around as a team,” said Mammoth defenseman Robert Hope.
After falling to the Toronto Rock (1-0) in their home opener, the Rochester Knighthawks (1-1) defeated the New England Blackwolves (0-1) 15-8 with a 7-0 run that spanned both halves. Rookie Kyle Jackson led the way with 11 points (2G, 9A) for the Knighthawks.
“The kid's working real hard, and he's taking a pounding out there,” said Rochester head coach Mike Hasen. “It's a good night for him to get those kind of numbers because he works hard every single shift.”
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