We’ve been posting a lot about this family lately- but lets face it, they’re the biggest thing in lacrosse at the moment. The Tewaaraton winner’s stick is nothing too flashy, a Noz X on a Brine shaft. However, you can only assume that the next year will be filled with “Thompson Replica” pockets and tutorials on how to get the same tape job.
For the first time in NLL history, the Knighthawks have won the championship three years in a row. Rochester completed the triumph after winning the mini game 3-2 against the Calgary Roughnecks. The way NLL playoffs are formatted is so that there are two game series, and if the games are split, a ten-minute mini game immediately follows the final series game. After being down 1-0 in the series, Rochester came back with a 16-10 win featuring many saves from star goalie Matt Vinc and eventually took the cup in overtime.
The Tewaaraton winner has been announced- or should I say winners. For the first time ever, it was awarded to the two Thompson brothers. Both Myles and Lyle had outstanding seasons, and the award was equally deserved by each. Myles had said before it would be cool if the two split the award, but it was never thought of as a real option for both to go home winners. Myles finished his senior season with 82 goals, tying the all-time record and leading the NCAA Division 1. Lyle ended up with 77 assists and a total of 128 points, also leading the league in the respective categories. He will be returning for his final year of college lacrosse in 2015, so there will be more excitement to come even though two-thirds of the trio are graduating.
Recently ran on ESPN’s famous SportsCenter was a special focused on lacrosse; specifically, the “Thompson Trio” as Lyle, Myles, and Ty have come to be known. The feature ran for around 7 minutes several times, and is one of the first times lacrosse has had a special on SC. “Spirit of the Game” focuses on the life of a Native American student-athlete coming off a reservation. The Thompsons struggle to keep in touch with their heritage while playing the sport “The Creator” made, and it is truly a special video. Take the time to watch it, and if you didn’t already, you will begin to love the Thompson Trio.
Duke has taken home the title of NCAA D1 champions for the second year in a row. Led by a powerful offense featuring top Tewaaraton contender Jordan Wolf, Duke put down Notre Dame with a final score 10-8. One of the main advantages of Duke’s game came from sophomore Myles Jones, a midfielder with both size and skill. Jones had a great day on both sides of the ball, finishing with two g’s and an assist in the final game of the season. By keeping key Notre Dame player Matt Kavanagh relatively quiet, Duke was able to stifle the Fighting Irish offense and start the game off to a 7-2 lead before allowing ND to start chipping away. A great win for the Blue Devils, and a remarkable achievement for the program to achieve its third title in five years.