New York Times Gives Front-Page Love to Thompson Trio LAX Stars
The New York Times has named the next “Wayne Gretzky-like” figure. But get this. It’s a college lacrosse player.
Lyle Thompson, Onondaga, his brother Miles, and cousin Ty, were featured in the Times article, published March 9. Lyle was singled out as a strong contender for the Tewaaraton Award, which is lacrosse’s equivalent to the Heisman Trophy.
In his sophomore season, according to the paper, Lyle finished one point short of tying the NCAA’s single season lacrosse record with 113 points on 50 goals and 63 assists in 17 games. But Miles and Ty are equally talented and both are also strong candidates for the honor.
Ironically, the award, which has been handed out 28 times (to one male athlete and one female) has never been given to a Native American player despite the fact that the sport is rooted in centuries of Native American traditions.
As the Times pointed out, the Thompsons chose a different path from previous Native lacrosse players. Instead of choosing to play at Syracuse University—the school that’s won 10 NCAA championships, and that’s viewed as the gateway off of the reservation for Native players to play Division I lacrosse—Lyle, Miles and Ty all choose University of Albany. Even Lyle and Miles’s older brother Jeremy played lacrosse at Syracuse.
“We wanted to do something different,” Miles Thompson, 23, told the paper. “We knew all of the big-time natives were already going to Syracuse. We wanted to try to make a difference on our own.”
““Syracuse honestly didn’t recruit both of us too hard,” Lyle Thompson said. “I think they just expected us to go there.”
Oren Lyons, of the Turtle Clan of the Seneca Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy, was one of the first Native athletes to play at Syracuse and the school can trace its history from the 1950s forward of at least one Native player being on its roster.
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