University of Albany standout Lyle Thompson was selected as the No. 1 overall pick in the Major League Lacrosse Collegiate draft. The pick was announced on Friday in Baltimore, Maryland.
“I can’t say enough about what Lyle has done for our program and the game of lacrosse,” UAlbany coach Scott Marr said in a news release. “He truly exemplifies all the qualities you would want in a person.”
The attackman is the highest-drafted player from UAlbany to be selected to the MLL Collegiate Draft in the school’s history. He was drafted by the Florida Launch.
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"He's clearly the best player in college," Launch head coach Stan Ross told LaxMagazine.com. "We don't know what's going to happen in the future, or this spring, so we have to go with the knowledge we have in front of us right now. When you have the number one pick, you have to take the best player in the game. We feel really good about it."
Thompson is in his final season with the UAlbany, and is coming off one of the strongest seasons in Division I history. He scored 51 goals and 77 assists for 128 points; the highest single season total in DI lacrosse history. Among his numerous accolades, Thompson helped the Iroquois Nationals secure their first-ever bronze medal in the FIL World Lacrosse Championships last summer in Denver. In that tournament, he was the second leading scorer, with 16 goals and seven assists (his brother Miles Thompson was the leading scorer, with 16 goals and 15 assists). Lyle was also named the co-winner of the prestigious Tewaaraton Award, and was also nominated for a Best Male College Athlete ESPY award by ESPN.
In the 2015 Florida Launch draft, the team also selected:
2nd Pick (2nd Overall) Connor Buczek (M) Cornell
3rd Pick (13th Overall) Chad Tutton (M) UNC
4th Pick (17th Overall) Joe LoCascio (M) Maryland
5th Pick (23rd Overall) Kevin Rice (A) Syracuse
6th Pick (32nd Overall) Pat Frazier (D) Loyola
7th Pick (47th Overall) Pat Farrell (D) High Point
8th Pick (55th Overall) Casey Ikeda (D) Maryland
"My father [Jerome Thompson Sr.] said, 'Don't worry about the number [on your jersey]. Don't worry about the name. You're playing for the Creator,'" Lyle Thompson told LaxMagazine.com after being named their 2014 person of the year. "To do that you have to go out there and play with a positive attitude. That's what we did this year. That's kind of the person I am, just growing up — the person my father taught us to be."