Tewaaraton Co-Winners Visit Orange County

buku-lacrosse-logo-blueOn Saturday Buku Lacrosse brought out the newly anointed Co-Tewaaraton Award winners (Heisman of Lacrosse) Miles and Lyle Thompson and cousin Ty Thompson to give the youth of the sport a look into their unique playing styles and tell their story about what fueled their passion for the game that has led them to lacrosse immortality.

From the official Tewaaraton press release, “A Tewaaraton Award finalist for the second consecutive year, Albany attackman Lyle Thompson led the nation with 77 assists and 128 points. The junior from Onondaga Nation, New York, surpassed Steve Marohl’s 22-year single-season Division I points record (114, 1992) and matched Marohl’s single-season assists mark (77, 1992). Lyle joined brother Miles as the first brother duo to be named Tewaaraton finalists in the same year

Part of perhaps the most prolific attack combination in NCAA history, Miles Thompson ranked first in the nation in goals with 82. He too exceeded Marohl’s single-season scoring record and trails only his brother Lyle for the Division I record with 119 points. The senior from Onondaga Nation, New York, played his way to first team All-America East honors for a second consecutive season and earned America East Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors. The first team USILA All-America honoree recorded four or more points in 17 of 18 games this season as Albany advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals.”

Miles and Lyle exemplify the what passion and practice can achieve. Lacrosse is a major part of the Onondaga Nation and part of their people’s heritage, so naturally both brothers’ can’t even remember when they first started playing lacrosse. Interestingly enough, they only began playing organized lacrosse at the age of 12. Before then, their father, Jerome Sr believed that it was more important to learn the skills of the game and create a basis for the team aspect. With four brothers and more close family the boys built up skills that easily transitioned to the indoor and outdoor game.

At this weekend’s camp, one of the points Miles, Lyle, and Ty went in depth about what young athletes can do to achieve their lacrosse goals. Special advice from their father built the base for how they improved their own game: “”Lyle, don’t try and play like your brother Jeremy, you will never be Jeremy. Find what you like about his game and make it your own.” I wanted to be a leader just like Jeremy but this made sense to me. Whenever I see something I like in a player I go out and practice it until I am good at it.”

Ty emphasized the importance of work ethic, adding that they are still learning even at the pro level, “Even though I play professionally, I still watch YouTube videos of other lefty attackmen… If I see something I like in someone’s game. I’ll go out and practice that until I can use it for my own”

After Saturday’s clinics Miles and Lyle answered a few questions exclusively for MaxLaxOC:

A lot of Onondaga nationals hope to make it to play at Syracuse, what made you two choose Albany?

Miles: “One day we met head coach Scott Marr on the sidelines of a game. At the time I was still just this little chubby kid but he saw that we had pretty good stick skills. He casually asked us if we had thought about where we wanted to play in college and that sort of started the conversation. [Coach Marr] also wanted to play the game like we did so it was a good fit.”

Lyle: “Everyone sort of knew that me and Miles were a package deal. When Miles decided to play there I just followed him because I wanted to play with my brother.”

What were your favorite memories playing at Albany?

Miles: “Playing with my brother. That was the best part of my experience at Albany. Also playing for coach Marr. He allowed us to play the game we believe it should be played, fast paced and free flowing.”

Lyle: “Probably beating Stony Brook this year. We were minutes away from our season being over when we huddled together in a timeout. We knew we had the talent to pull off a comeback. We  we went back out of the field and scored then with five seconds left I finished a goal to push it to overtime. Then on the first possession we scored and our season stayed alive… It was so incredible to experience that swing of emotion, from being so low with our season almost over to a sudden death win was really fun.”

Miles, you wore jersey number 2 for Albany. What made you choose 74 when you were drafted for the Rattlers?

“Unfortunately one of our veterans was #2. My second choice was #72 to keep 2 in my number somehow but that was also taken. I chose #74 to honor my brother Jeremy who is also #74.”

We hear that you two are pretty big Jordan brand shoe fans. What are your favorite pairs of Jordan shoes?

Miles: “*chuckle* We do love Jordans. Unfortunately I don’t own my favorite pair yet, I am still working to get them. They are the Jordan bred 13s.”

Lyle: “Miles actually owns and is wearing my favorite, the Jordan bred 11s.”

Thanks for your time guys and good luck with the final day of camp Sunday!

Special thanks to Buku Lacrosse for organizing the event. Getting the brothers out to Orange County in such a personal environment was an incredible feat and the region owes you a thank you for helping everyone elevate their game.