Score another first for Albany lacrosse player Lyle Thompson, the NCAA Division I career leader in points.
Thompson won the Tewaarton Award as the nation’s top lacrosse player, becoming the first player to earn a share of the award in two consecutive seasons. He and brother Miles were co-winners last season, the first Native Americans to win the award.
Thompson was awarded the trophy Thursday night at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington. He joins Syracuse’s Mike Powell (2002 and 2004) as the only players to earn a piece of the Tewaaraton twice.
“It feels good, I am proud of my team, proud of everything they have helped me with these four years, and everything we have accomplished at UAlbany,” said Thompson. “That is what matters to me, is that the name 2015 UAlbany lacrosse team is on the trophy.”
Thompson led the NCAA in points per game for the third consecutive season with 6.37. He also averaged 3.63 assists and led the nation Division I with 121 points (69 assists and 52 goals), the second-highest single-season tally in D-I history.
He led UAlbany to a third-consecutive America East regular season and tournament title, using a nine-point performance against Cornell to help the Great Danes earn a berth into the NCAA quarterfinals.
“What a fitting way to end one of the most outstanding careers ever,” said UAlbany coach Scott Marr. “He will go down as one of the best players to ever play, and we are looking forward to seeing him play in the professional and national levels.”
Above: Lyle Thompson again led the nation in scoring. (Courtesy Greg Wall)