NCAA Lacrosse Tournament: A Class of Native American athletes


Sunday, 11 May 2014 20:20

Onondaga Redhawks

This year is extraordinary for Native American lacrosse athletes, a renew interest NCAA Collegiate Lacrosse National Championships with a class of talented Haudenosaunee student athletes.  At least 15 native athletes begin the 2014 collegiate lacrosse tournament.

On Wednesday Division 1 Siena College started the lacrosse May Madness with player Chris White (Oneida), Saturday and Sunday games include University of Albany : Lyle (Onondaga), Miles (Onondaga), and Ty Thompson (Mohawk), at number 2 seed Syracuse University: Randy Staats (Mohawk) and Kyle Henry (Tuscarora), at number 5 seed University of Denver: Zach Miller (Seneca), at University of Virginia: Zed Williams (Seneca).

Division lll Lacrosse Cortland State with player Zach Hopps (Mohawk), and the NJCAA number 1 seed Onondaga Community College has Vaugh Harris (Cayuga)Oakly Thomas (Mohawk), Adam Bomberry (Cayuga) Wayne Hill (Mohawk), and Warren Hill ( Mohawk), at Geneseo Community College is Jesse Jimerson (Cayuga),  and D1 number 4 seed Penn State has Assistant Coach, Chris Doctor, (Mohawk).

2 Native American make the National Lacrosse Athlete Award finalists

The Native Americans Tewaaraton finalists are University at Albany attackman Lyle Thompson and University at Albany attackman Miles Thompson.


Native Lacrosse Players Among Early Contenders for 2013 Tewaaraton Award

Miles Thompson, Onondaga Nation, and his brother Lyle and cousin Ty and are all on the 2013 Tewaaraton Award men’s watch list. Photo: University of Albany
Miles Thompson, Onondaga Nation, and his brother Lyle and cousin Ty and are all on the 2013 Tewaaraton Award men’s watch list. Photo: University of Albany

Indian Country Today Media Network Staff

Tewaaraton Foundation has announced the 2013 Tewaaraton Award men’s and women’s watch lists. The lists include the top players across all three divisions of NCAA lacrosse and highlight the early contenders for the 2013 Tewaaraton Award.

The Tewaaraton Award annually honors the top male and top female college lacrosse player in the United States. The selection committees are made up of top collegiate coaches and are appointed annually by The Tewaaraton Foundation. Committees will make additions to these lists as the season progresses and athletes earn a spot along side these elite players. Both lists will be narrowed to 25 men’s and women’s nominees in late April. In mid-May, five men’s and five women’s finalists will be announced. These finalists will be invited to Washington, D.C. for the 13th annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony, May 30 at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.

Each year, the Tewaaraton Award celebrates one of the six tribal nations of the Iroquois Confederacy : the Mohawk, Cayuga, Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca and Tuscarora. While 2013 is The Year of the Mohawk, the men’s watch list includes three members of the Onondaga Nation in Lyle, Miles and Ty Thompson from Albany. Lyle and Miles are brothers, and Ty is their cousin. All three Thompsons are attackmen for the University of Albany. On February 17 the Thompson Trio led the Great Danes to an upset of mighty Syracuse, taking the match, which went to double overtime, 16-15. Watch this savvy goal scored by Miles: