Lyle and Miles Thompson shared the top honor in collegiate lacrosse Thursday.
Lyle and Miles Thompson shared the top honor in collegiate lacrosse Thursday.
Courtesy: America East Communications

Lyle and Miles Thompson Share Tewaaraton Award, Lacrosse's Top Honor

Release: 05/29/2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. - History was made tonight in the nation's capital as brothers and teammates Lyle and Miles Thompson from University at Albany were named co-winners of the prestigious Tewaaraton Award, bestowed each year to the nation's top collegiate lacrosse player. The tandem is the first-ever co-recipients of the award and the first Native Americans to ever earn the honor.

The brothers, who nearly led the Great Danes to the Final Four for the first time, received the award at the Tewaaraton ceremony held at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of the American Indian Thursday evening.

Lyle and Miles are the second and third America East standouts to win the Tewaaraton joining Hofstra's Doug Shanahan, who won the first award in 2001. America East is the only conference other than the ACC to have had multiple Tewaaraton Award winners.

A junior attacker, Lyle Thompson had the single-greatest season in NCAA men's lacrosse history. He compiled the top single-season point total ever, earning 128 points, as well as tying the NCAA single season assists record with 77 and adding 51 goals. The two-time America East Player of the year became the first player in DI history to have a pair of 100-plus point seasons after finishing with 113 last year.

Lyle also earned the USILA's Lt. Raymond J. Enners Award, for DI Outstanding Player of the Year the Lt. Col. J.L. (Jack) Turnbull Award, for Outstanding Attackman, for the second year in a row.

"Words cannot describe how happy I am, it brought tears to my eyes," said Lyle Thompason. "To share the award with my brother is an honor. For us it is about bringing a positive influence and helping people, not just Native Americans, but everyone."

Miles Thompson, a senior attacker, earned the second-highest single season point total in NCAA history this season with 119, second only to his brother. His  82 goals tied the top mark in a single season in NCAA history and he also added and 37 assists. The All-America East first-team selection earned at least four points in 17 of 18 games this season. He was named Most Outstanding Player of this year's America East Championship.

"It is the best feeling to share the award with my brother and be the first Native Americans to win it, no words can express this feeling," said Miles Thompson. "We grew up together, we stuck together throughout high school, and it shows how close we are."

Other finalists included Duke's Jordan Wolf, Loyola's Joe Fletcher and Princeton's Tom Schreiber.

The Tewaaraton Award annually honors the top male and top female college lacrosse player in the United States and has been given out each year since 2001.
Thompsons in the Media
ESPN Featured  (Video) - Spirit of the Game - Thompson Trio, Onondaga Lacrosse

ABC World News (Video) - Onondaga Nation of Champions

CBS News (Video) - Thompson Trio honors rich family history through lacrosse
AmericaEast.TV (Video) - Albany Men's Lacrosse - The Thompsons