Miles Thompson scored a game-high of four goals in his National League Lacrosse debut with the Minnesota Swarm. The team defeated the reigning NLL champion Rochester Knighthawks in a preseason starter, 14-8.
"I definitely feel good about it," Thompson said after the game on December 6 to NLL.com. "One thing my brother texted me was play with confidence. It was something I went out there and did today."
“He played like a man today,” head coach Joe Sullivan told MNSwarm.com. “He created a lot of space for himself and worked with the guys around him. He was a true team player. There were lots of times that he could have thrown the ball at the net a few more times, but he swung it and guys were able to play off of him. That is a great trait to have as a goal scorer.”
Thompson had an uneventful first period, but scored twice in the second and twice in the third periods. He was selected one of the Stars of the Game along with fellow Swarm players Kiel Matisz and Jordan MacIntosh.
But although Thompson made his Major League Lacrosse debut months before this one, he still had to shake a few nerves. “[Andrew] Suitor said in the huddle when we first got out there, ‘Change those nerves into good feelings’,” Thompson said. “To be honest, I was a little nervous going out there, but I realized what he was talking about. After my first shift I was a little nervous, but then I started to get the hang of it, and it started clicking after that.”
The Knighthawks played without forwards Cory Vitarelli and Stephen Keogh; and Brad Self, a transition player, did not dress for the game, NLL.com said.
Thompson was picked third overall in the 2014 NLL draft from the University of Albany. He also made his MLL debut with the Rochester Rattlers in June. He was selected in the third round, 20th overall.