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Lyle Thompson Re-Signs with Chesapeake BayHawks

June 16, 2020 - Major League Lacrosse (MLL)
Chesapeake Bayhawks News Release

Boston - The Chesapeake Bayhawks have officially re-signed attackman Lyle Thompson for the 2020 season. The 2019 MLL league MVP will be back, ready to defend the Bayhawks' title in the upcoming season.

"Lyle elevates the level of play, bringing out the very best in his teammates and his opponents," said Major League Lacrosse Commissioner, Alexander (Sandy) Brown. "However, it is his leadership on and off the field that makes him extraordinary. We are honored to have him in the league and thrilled he has recommitted to the Bayhawks and MLL."

In his five years in the league, Thompson has wasted little time in cementing himself among the elite ranks of the sport's history. The sharpshooter finished the 2019 season leading the league in points (81) and goals (51) with an astounding 66% shots on goal percentage.

"Lyle sees the field in a way that most players can only dream to," said Tom Mariano, Head Coach of the Chesapeake Bayhawks. "We will be mid-play, but in a split-second Lyle will see a narrow alley, perfectly read the defense, and release a sniper shot to score. He capitalizes on every opportunity for his teammates and for himself. I look forward to returning to the field with Lyle and the Bayhawks this summer to chase another championship."

Before joining MLL, Thompson competed for the University at Albany where he set the record for most career points and assists in Division 1 with 400 and 225, respectively. Thompson was also the first men's player to win the Tewaaraton Award back-to-back in 2014 and 2015, as well as the first Native American player to win the award.

As MLL legend John Grant Jr. told US Lacrosse last season, ""He's unguardable. Clearly, if he's not the best player in the world, he's definitely in the top three. Unfortunately, watching him do it against my team is tough, but he's a dazzling player to watch. This league is very, very lucky to have a guy like that."

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