Lyle Thompson, a junior attack on the University at Albany men’s lacrosse team, has been named a finalist for the Tewaaraton Award, given annually to the top collegiate player in the nation.
Thompson is just the second player in UAlbany history to make the final list, joining Frank Resetarits, who was a finalist in 2007.
The other four men’s finalists are North Carolina attack Marcus Holman, Syracuse midfielder JoJo Marasco, Cornell attack Rob Pannell and Princeton midfielder Tom Schreiber. The winner will be announced on May 30 in Washington. D.C.
Thompson, the first Native American to be named a Tewaaraton finalist, leads the nation in scoring with 108 points (46 goals, 62 assists) through 17 games. He became just the eighth player in NCAA history to record 100 points in a season, and is seven points away from breaking the all-time NCAA record of 114 (37 goals, 77 assists), set by Steve Marahol of Maryland Baltimore County in 1992.
Thompson was named the America East Conference Player of the Year, and was also selected as the most valuable player of the conference tournament, when he set a scoring record with 15 points (six goals, nine assists).
The Great Danes (13-4) will make their fifth appearance in the NCAA tournament when they face No. 4 seed Denver (12-4) at 7:30 Saturday night at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium in Denver. The game will be aired on ESPNU.
The Great Danes’ only tournament victory came in 2007, when they defeated Loyola, 19-10.
While the Danes have the No. 1 scoring offense in the nation, the Pioneers are ranked No. 8, led by senior Eric Law, who has 64 points.
UAlbany and Denver last played in 2010, at Barton Stadium, with the Pioneers posting a 17-13 victory. The teams also met in 2009, with Denver pulling out a 10-9 decision.
The Danes have posted an 8-2 record on the road this season, becoming just the second team ever to take down Syracuse in the Carrier Dome and Johns Hopkins at Homewood Field in the same season.