College Lacrosse: #1 Loyola Bows to Record-Breaking Albany Squad

Loyola standout Justin Ward expresses his disappointment (photo / T. Flynn)

by Boxer Journal May 10, 2014
Baltimore, MD – What was an upset by the Albany Great Danes bore little similarity to one as they outgunned Loyola, 13-6, in opening round NCAA tourney play on Saturday.

The top-ranked but third-seeded Greyhounds (15-2) drew an Albany (12-5) team that featured nothing short of history’s greatest scoring tandem in brothers Lyle and Miles Thompson of Onondaga Nation, NY. The brothers each broke the NCAA single-season scoring record this year, and it was clearly evident as to how at Loyola’s Ridley Athletic Complex.

Attackman Lyle Thompson, who wears #4, now has 122 points on the season. He added eight on Saturday with three goals and five assists. Miles, wearing #2, scored five goals and added two feeds to bring his point total to 115. The third member of what’s been dubbed the Thompson Trio, cousin Ty Thompson, had a hat trick to bring the family total on the afternoon to 18. Ty, #91, has 51 points this season.

Lyle often drew Loyola’s Joe Fletcher, a fellow Tewaaraton finalist, on defense.

“Fletcher did a great job setting position, and I kept waiting for a mistake, and it did not come, so I had to make my own shot,” said Lyle after the game.

Albany’s Lyle Thompson operates behind Loyola’s goal (photo / T.Flynn)

Lyle frequently backed into a tightly-packed Greyhounds’ defense that was understandably reluctant to spread itself too far out on the perimeter. With his head up, he either fed a nearby Great Dane, or dodged his defender en route to the goal.

Loyola was unable to solve Albany goalie Blaze Riorden (photo / T. Flynn)

The Greyhounds’ Justin Ward and Pat Laconi each had two goals as Loyola was held to its lowest point total of the season.