Lyle Thompson Named a Finalist for the Tewaaraton Award
WASHINGTON – On the cusp of breaking a 23-year old NCAA record for points in a single season, University at Albany men’s lacrosse sophomore attack Lyle Thompson has been named a 2013 Tewaaraton Award Finalist on Thursday, May 9. Lyle joins Frank Resetarits (2007) as the only two Great Danes in program history to be named a finalist for the Tewaaraton Award.
The other four men’s finalists are University of North Carolina attackman Marcus Holman, Syracuse University midfielder JoJo Marasco, Cornell University attackman Rob Pannell, and Princeton University midfielder Tom Schreiber.
Lyle, the first Native American to be named a Tewaaraton Award finalist, is having a special 2013 season, leading the No. 1 offense in the nation with 108 points through 17 games.Thompson became the eighth men’s lacrosse player in NCAA history to record 100 points in a season. He is seven points behind all-time NCAA record holder Steve Marahol’s (UMBC) 114 points (37g, 77a) set in 1992.
A native of Onondaga Nation, N.Y., Thompson was recognized as the America East Conference Player of the Year for his current stellar performance. His 15 points on six goals and nine assists set a new league standard in the conference tournament, and led to him being named the America East Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.
The Tewaaraton Award annually honors the top male and top female college lacrosse player in the United States. Finalists were selected from a pool of 25 men’s and 25 women’s nominees. The selection committees are comprised of 12 men’s and 10 women’s current and former college coaches.
Five men were selected as finalists and will be invited to Washington, D.C. for the 13th annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony, May 30 at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.