Lyle Thompson

Lyle Thompson (born September 9, 1992) is an American professional lacrosse player for the Chesapeake Bayhawks of Major League Lacrosse and the Georgia Swarm of the National Lacrosse League. He holds the record for the most career points in Division I with 400 and the most career assists with 225.[1] He shared the 2014 Tewaaraton Trophy with his brother Miles while winning the award again in 2015 and won the Turnbull Award for the top collegiate attackman twice.[2][3][4]

Lyle Thompson
Born (1992-09-09) September 9, 1992
Onondaga County, New York
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight180 pounds (82 kg)
PositionAttack / Forward
NLL draft1st overall, 2015
Georgia Swarm
NLL teamGeorgia Swarm
MLL draft1st overall, 2015
Florida Launch
MLL team
Former teams
Chesapeake Bayhawks
Florida Launch
NCAA teamAlbany
Pro career2015–
Career highlights

Early life

Lyle grew up in the Onondaga Nation, NY, one of the five children of Doloris and Jerome Thompson. He began playing lacrosse from a very early age as lacrosse carries spiritual and cultural significance with the Onondaga. He attended LaFayette High School for his Sophomore and Junior years and Salmon River High School where he was an All-American and scored 66 goals and 54 assists in his senior season.


Playing for coach Scott Marr at UAlbany, Lyle started at midfield in his freshman season in 2012, scoring 22 goals and 16 assists along with taking 32 face-off draws. That was his last collegiate season scoring less than 100 points. Moving to the attack position in his sophomore year, he scored 113 in 2013, 128 in 2014, and 121 in 2015. Lyle (along with his brother Miles) is the first Native American player to win the Tewaaraton Trophy; tewaaraton is the Mohawk term for the precursor of modern lacrosse.

Major League Lacrosse

Lyle Thompson was drafted as the top overall pick in the 2015 Collegiate Draft by the Florida Launch; his brother Miles was drafted by the Launch the previous year. Lyle's first game was played against the Ohio Machine, and he played a total of eight games for the Launch during the 2015 season. He had 22 goals and 16 assists in his first season in Major League Lacrosse. On March 3, 2017, Lyle Thompson and his brother Jeremy Thompson were traded from the Florida Launch to the Chesapeake Bayhawks.[5] In 2018 Lyle appeared in 6 games for the Bayhawks netting 20 goals, 1-2pt goal, 8 assists, and 17 ground balls. [6]

National Lacrosse League

On September 28, 2015, Lyle was drafted first overall in the 2015 NLL draft by the Georgia Swarm. Lyle played alongside his brother Miles on the Swarm, and was named NLL Rookie of the Year in the 2016 season. In 2017, Thompson was named both league MVP and Championship MVP as the Swarm won their first NLL title.

International competition

As a player for the Iroquois men's national lacrosse team in the 2014 World Lacrosse Championship, Lyle helped the Iroquois Nationals place third, their best-ever result in international field lacrosse competition.

Lyle played for the Iroquois national indoor lacrosse team at the 2015 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship. The Iroquois won the silver medal, falling to Canada in the final match on September 27, 2015.

Lyle again played for the Iroquois in the 2018 World Lacrosse Championship in Israel. They placed 3rd. [7]

College Statistics

2014185177128 (a)7.11
Totals70175225 (b)400 (c)5.71
(a) 1st in NCAA Division I single season points
(b) 1st in career assists
(c) 1st in NCAA Division I career points


Preceded by
Dhane Smith
NLL Most Valuable Player
Succeeded by
Mark Matthews

See also


  1. , ESPN
  2. , Albany Athletic Department Biography
  3. , Indian Country Today
  4. , Inside Lacrosse
  5. "Lyle Thompson - Thompson Brothers". Thompson Brothers. Retrieved 2017-04-11.
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