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Thompson Brothers Play First Home Game: Inaugural Season Begins For The Georgia Swarm!

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Jan 9th, 2016 marks the first home game in the inaugural season of the first professional indoor lacrosse team in Georgia history. 9,087 enthusiastic fans attended the home game and showed their support as the Georgia Swarm took down the Toronto Rock with a 12-7 final. 

Member of the Onondaga Nation, #2 Forward Miles Thompson told ICTMN, “I thought the crowd brought it tonight! They gave us that energy that we needed, coming out it was something we were expecting because our people behind the scenes were telling us that, so the crowd helped us out.”

Georgia added no.1 overall pick and 2015 Tewaaraton Trophy winner, Lyle Thompson during the 2015 NLL Draft reuniting him with his brother Miles Thompson, each co-recipients of 2014 Tewaaraton Award.

#4 rookie Lyle Thompson commented to ICTMN, “I didn't really know what to expect with it being the first box lax game which a lot of people aren't familiar with around here...but they came out it was a pretty big crowd and that obviously excites us.”

ICTMN asked Lyle about expectations for the season: “We obviously have high expectations and we're looking to win our champion cup, we're not going to sell ourselves short for anything. I think we got the right team a great coaching staff, everything around us, everyone who put this team together, it's professional and what we need to win.”

The team is also home for several other incredible Native athletes- rookie #83 Randy Staats (Mohawk Nation), Joe Maracle (Cayuga), and #93 Johnny Powless (Mohawk).

Forward Johnny Powless and rookie forward Randy Staats dominated the score board for the Swarm. Powless, from Six Nations, Ontario, scored the first home goal in GA Swarm history. When asked how it felt to score the first home goal, Powless replied, “It was awesome!" Powless was named 1st Star for bringing in the most goals for the Swarm with a total of four, three of which he nailed in the first quarter. #83 Randy Staats, also from Six Nations, Ontario was named 2nd Star for his three goals and four assists that helped boost the team to victory.

The next Swarm game will be 2:05 pm January 17 vs. the New England Black Wolves to be played on Harrah's Cherokee Casino Field at the Infinite Energy Arena in Gwinnett, GA.

No. 2 forward Miles Thompson (Onondaga), warming up for the Swarms debut home game in Georgia. Amy Morris/

Checking out the stands, Miles Thompson watches fans start to fill the arena with over 9K in attendance for the home opener on Jan 9th, 2016. Amy Morris/

Johnny Powless (Mohawk) was the first to score a home goal for the Swarm on their new turf in Georgia at The Infinite Energy Center In Gwinnett. Amy Morris/

No. 2 forward Miles Thompson (Onondaga), warming up for the Swarms debut home game in Georgia. Amy Morris/

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2015 Tewaaratan Trophy winner Lyle Thompson (Onondaga) ready for game time on the newly sponsored Harrah's Cherokee Casino Field. Amy Morris/

No. 93 Johnny Powless setting up to score three of the four 1st quarter goals. Amy Morris/

No. 4 Lyle Thompson in a fast paced home opener against the Toronto Rock. Amy Morris/

Miles Thompson tracking Toronto's No. 3 Sorensen. Amy Morris/

Johnny Powless (center) earned 1st Star of the game for contributing 4 goals. Here he is ready to assist teammate no. 32 Shayne Jackson. Amy Morris/

Celebrating another goal, (from left to right) Swarm's Miles Thompson, Johnny Powless and Lyle Thompson. Amy Morris/

Great team effort throughout the game, here Miles Thompson attempts a shot with Johnny Powless, Lyle Thompson and teammate no. 19 Jesse King all guarding. Amy Morris/

4th quarter, No. 83 Randy Staats (Mohawk) sets up to score his third goal. Amy Morris/

Georgia Swarm with a strong lead in the 4th quarter, teammates celebrate Staats’s goal. Amy Morris/

Rookie No. 83 Randy Staats earned 2nd Star of the game for his three goals and four assists. Amy Morris/

The Georgia Swarm has five outstanding Native players. They took the time for a post-game picture (left to right): #88 Joe Maracle, #93 Johnny Powless, #2 Miles Thompson, #4 Lyle Thompson and #83 Randy Staats. Amy Morris/

Proud parents, Dee and Jerome Thompson, join their sons Miles and Lyle after a post-game autograph session. Amy Morris/