UAlbany alumnus Lyle Thompson was named the winner of the Welles Crowther Humanitarian Award by the Premier Lacrosse League on Friday. It was the second consecutive year he won the award.
Thompson has raised awareness about the atrocities committed against Indigenous youth in Canada’s residential schools. Last year, Thompson’s work was featured in a Sports Illustrated issue.
Also, Thompson was named the Eamon McEneaney Attackman of the Year. Thompson, who plays for the Cannons LC, led the league with 44 points and 26 goals. It was Thompson’s first Attackman of the Year award.
MCCOMBER, GASH SELECTED IN NLL DRAFT
Two UAlbany men’s lacrosse players, Teioshontathe McComber and Elijah Gash, recently were selected in the 2022 National Lacrosse League Draft.
McComber, an attackman/midfielder from Kahnawake, Canada, was picked 48th overall [third round] by the Georgia Swarm. The Swarm later picked Gash, a defender from South Lyon, Michigan, with the 62nd pick [fourth round].
McComber had six goals and seven assists in 11 games for the Great Danes last spring, while Gash had two goals, two assists and 26 ground balls.
VAN SCHEPEN, WATTS CHOSEN IN NLL DRAFT
Former Siena midfielder Seth Van Schepen and current fifth-year Christian Watts were both recently selected in the 2022 National Lacrosse League Draft.
Van Schepen, who graduated in May, went 10th overall in the first round to the Calgary Roughnecks, while Watts went in the fifth round to the Buffalo Bandits.
They are the first Siena players to be drafted since Seth’s brother, Luke [‘18] was selected by the Rochester Knighthawks with the 16th pick.
Van Schepen, of Brampton, Ontario, finished his 40-game Siena career with 13 goals and 32 assists, and was a team captain last season. Watts has earned 47 goals and nine assists in his 40-game career.
Buffalo will own Watts’ rights after he competes at Siena in the upcoming 2023 season.
JOZAK TAKES ROOKIE HONOR
For the second consecutive week, UAlbany freshman Emily Jozak was named America East Rookie of the Week for women’s soccer.
Jozak scored one goal in the Great Danes’ 4-1 win over Wagner on Sunday. Her four goals this season ties her for third among all America East players.
ODORIZZI NOTED FOR HER DEFENSE
Russell Sage College freshman women’s soccer defender Katelyn Odorizzi, a Voorheesville graduate, was named the Empire 8 Conference Defensive Player of the Week, for the period ending Sunday.
Odorizzi had a goal and an assist as the Gators beat MCLA on Saturday.