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Onondaga Nation player earns top lacrosse award for 2nd year

Lyle Thompson. Photo from Facebook

Lyle Thompson, a member of the Onondaga Nation of New York, won the highest honor in college lacrosse on Thursday night.

Thompson, a senior at SUNY Albany, was presented with the Tewaaraton Award during a ceremony at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. He and his brother, Lyle, were the first Native Americans to secure the honor last year and now he's the first men's player to win it back to back.

"It feels good, I am proud of my team, proud of everything they have helped me with these four years, and everything we have accomplished at UAlbany,” Thompson said on UAlbany Sports.

Thompson led his team to two title this year. He was named the Player of the Year for the third time and Most Outstanding Player of the America East Tournament.

The Tewaaraton award's name comes from tewaaraton, the Mohawk word for lacrosse.

Get the Story:
Albany's Lyle Thompson repeats as Tewaaraton winner (The Syracuse Post-Standard 5/28)
Ode to Lyle Thompson, Two-Time Tewaaraton Award Winner (Lacrosse Magazine 5/28)
Tewaaraton Watch: It's Lyle's To Lose (Lacrosse Magazine 5/28)

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