UAlbany lacrosse is known for the Thompson Trio.
Their NCAA tournament game against Loyola on Saturday will feature the Tewaaraton Trio.
Two of the Thompsons, brothers Miles and Lyle, have been named among the five finalists for the Tewaaraton Award, college lacrosse’s version of the Heisman Trophy for the most outstanding player in the country.
One of the other finalists will be on the other side of the ball — Loyola senior defenseman Joe Fletcher.
Not only that, but the Great Danes expect Fletcher to be matched up against junior attackman Lyle Thompson, who has already matched the Division I single-season record for points, with 114.
Lyle, the first Division I player with back-to-back 100-point seasons, was a finalist last year, too and is considered the favorite to win it.
“It’s an honor to go down there and be considered one of the top five players in the country again,” he said after practice on Thursday.
The other finalists are Duke attackman Jordan Wolf and Princeton midfielder Tom Schreiber. The trophy will be presented at a ceremony in Washington on May 29 at the National Museum of the American Nation.
The 11-5 Great Danes are scheduled to bus to Baltimore at 8 this morning for Saturday’s noon first-round game against the third-seeded Greyhounds at the sold-out 6,000-seat Ridley Center. The game will be televised on ESPNU.
Since the Tewaaraton Award began in 2001, five schools have had two finalists in the same year.
UAlbany was confident that Miles Thompson would be recognized, as well. He leads Division I in goals, with 74, the second-highest ever in a season.
“Why not? The numbers he put up, how he’s contributed to our team, I don’t see why he shouldn’t be right there with me,” Lyle Thompson said.
“There’s no reason why Miles isn’t on the list,” head coach Scott Marr said. “He has 108 points, and he has an opportunity to break an all-time goal record and an all-time points record.”
The finalists are selected by a committee of NCAA coaches throughout the country.
Lyle Thompson’s finalist selection last season was the first for UAlbany since Frank Resetarits in 2007.
The Great Danes are preparing for the Loyola game as if the Lyle Thompson-Fletcher matchup will be a focal point.
“I’m looking forward to the matchup between me and him,” Thompson said. “I’m looking forward to going up against him.”
“He’s played the opponent’s best player every game, and Lyle certainly is our best player,” Marr said. “He’s a smart, very rangy defender. Lyle hasn’t gone against too many of those type of defenders, where they’re smart and rangy at the same time.
“We feel pretty confident that Lyle can play against anybody, and our offense can play against anybody. It’s not just Lyle, but he certainly makes our team go.”