Men's Lacrosse

Lyle Thompson Ready for Launch

BOSTON (May 21, 2015) - Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional lacrosse league, announced today the activation of 2015 first-overall draft pick Lyle Thompson. Thompson is set to make his MLL debut this Sunday (May 24th) for the Florida Launch (1-4) as they travel to Delaware, OH to take on the Ohio Machine (2-3) in a regular season matchup.

Thompson recently concluded his collegiate career as a University of Albany lacrosse superstar with a disappointing 14-10 loss to Notre Dame in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament.  At just 22 years of age, and with a 6 foot, 180 pound build, Lyle Thompson has spent the last four years building one of the greatest college lacrosse legacies.  His resume boasts three America East championships, a Most Outstanding Player award, as well as the all time leader in points and assists alongside many other awards and single game accolades. Thompson will be making his professional debut alongside fellow Most Outstanding Player recipient and current MLL Most Valuable Player, Casey Powell and 2014 MLL Rookie of the Year, Kieran McArdle.

The Thompson name is a familiar one in the MLL. A recent trade between the Florida Launch and the Rochester Rattlers has set the tables for an on-field reunion with Lyle’s brother, Miles. The Thompson family is one of strong heritage from Onondaga Nation, NY. With instilled cultural values, passion, humility, and on-field creativity both Miles and Lyle were the first Native American players to not only win the Tewaaraton Award but to be co-recipients of the award. The two have embraced the role their heritage has impacted on lacrosse and have become international ambassadors for the sport.

Thompson finished his college career with 175 goals, 244 assists and 400 points while posting three straight 100-point seasons.  ESPN analyst, Paul Carcaterra, described these feats as "the unthinkable". His playing has gotten his name in conversations with collegiate lacrosse greats, Mikey Powell, Gary Gait and Dave Pietramala.

As the college game bids farewell to Thompson, Major League Lacrosse and its fans are excited to be a part of the continuous impact he makes on the game of lacrosse. He looks to add to his legacy this Sunday on ESPN3.