From Backyard Stick Games to Pro Lacrosse: Miles and Lyle Thompson to Reunite in Florida
Miles and Lyle Thompson have always been two halves of a whole. Born of the Longhouse, strengthened by family, they play the Creator’s Game as it should be played.
After a year of playing on different teams, the game has come full circle again for the Thompson brothers. Lyle was chosen No. 1 overall in the MLL collegiate draft by the Florida Launch back in December. And Miles was traded from the Rochester Rattlers to Florida May 4, in exchange for the rights to Syracuse’s Kevin Rice — in a deal that also included face-off specialist Mike Poppleton and a sixth-round 2016 MLL Supplemental Draft pick. The Thompson brothers, who shared college lacrosse’s highest honor as co-Tewaaraton Award recipients in 2014, and combined for nearly 700 points playing together the University of Albany (from 2012-14), will join the Launch once the UAlbany season is concluded.
“It’s definitely going to be fun playing with Lyle again, just because we’ve played together for so long and we know what each other is going to do,” Miles told ICTMN. “We’ll continue to live in Syracuse and fly down for games on weekends or whenever. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Lyle was the highest-drafted player from UAlbany in the MLL Collegiate Draft in school history. He has traveled the world playing the Creator’s Game, but having his brother with him, on and off the field, makes the journey that much better. “Obviously, I was pretty proud of being drafted, but now that Miles got traded, I’m excited,” Lyle said. “That’s what made Albany so much fun. With me, Miles and [cousin] Ty [Thompson], we had such good chemistry because we played together so long.”
The biggest assist Miles will give his younger brother will come next summer, when he stands with Lyle as his best man at his wedding. With the NCAA quarterfinals in Denver this weekend –Albany vs. Notre Dame — and Lyle turning professional as soon as the college season is over, wedding plans were changed to a less hectic time. “She really wants a summer wedding, so we thought it would be better next summer,” Lyle said.
The Thompson brothers have one more run together as player and coach. Miles has been working as an assistant to Great Danes head coach Scott Marr, working in his free time away from the National Lacrosse League’s Minnesota Swarm. “I’ll be going to Denver with the team. We won’t report to Florida until after their season is over. Hopefully that will be with the championship,” Miles said
On Saturday, Albany (16-2) takes on Notre Dame (14-2) in a rematch of last year’s quarterfinal game where the Irish won in overtime. Albany is on a nine-game winning streak.
Lyle, a Tewaaraton Award finalist again this year, and a three-time America East Player of the Year, leads the Great Danes in scoring with 51 goals and 65 assists (116 points). He has recorded at least one point in 45 consecutive contests dating back to April 7, 2013.
“That was our dream,” Miles said. “We decided we were going to go to college together. We looked at our older brothers (Jeremy and Jerome Jr.) and how they played so well together. Their pick-and-roll game, nobody really stopped it. That’s our goal.”
The dream has gone from the backyard to college, and now on to Major League Lacrosse.
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