December 15, 2010

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Thompson Headlines Albany Recruiting Class

from press release

ALBANY, N.Y. -- University at Albany head men's lacrosse coach Scott Marr announced today that eight student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to play for the Great Danes in the 2011-12 academic year. The list includes Inside Lacrosse's top-ranked rising senior and a U.S. Lacrosse All-American.

"Probably the most complete class we have recruited in my eleven years," Marr said. "There are a number of two-sport athletes who provide us with great athleticism in the middle of the field. The class is certainly highlighted by Lyle Thompson, but make no mistake we have surrounded him with an outstanding cast of classmates. They have all exhibited a genuine passion and work ethic for the game. We could not be happier to announce the addition of these young men to the Great Dane family."

Lyle Thompson, who was considered one of the top juniors in the nation in 2010, has twice been named to the Syracuse Post Standard All-Central New York first team. Thompson, who originally played at LaFayette High but will attend Salmon River this year, has 322 career points on the scholastic level. An Onondaga High School League All-Star, he totaled 57 goals and 42 assists last season and tallied 59 goals and 52 assists, the second-most in Section III, as sophomore when he led his team to the Class C state final.

Will Stenberg accounted for 64 goals and 66 assists en route to earning high school All-America recognition as a junior. The Bay State League MVP was a member of the Boston Globe and Boston Herald all-scholastic team. He led Needham High to a 19-3 record one year ago and has more than 300 career points. Stenberg (6-2, 230) is the Rockets' football team captain and is positioned at middle linebacker and offensive guard.

Max Huber and Kevin Harris helped lead Adlai E. Stevenson High in Illinois to the IHSLA Class A state semifinals and an 18-3 record last spring. Huber, a goalkeeper, and Harris, a defenseman, each earned first-team all-state and first-team All-Suburban Conference honors. Huber's brother, Jack, is a freshman on the 2011 UAlbany team.

Tom Nuckel was named second-team All-Long Island by Newsday and All-Nassau County. A Conference B-I standout, he totaled 58 goals and 35 assists last season in leading Division Avenue High to a 16-2 mark. Nuckel also participated in the Long Island Big 50 Showcase.

An Under Armour Upstate New York All-Star, Schenectady High's Tim Cox has twice been selected first-team All-Area by the Albany Times Union. The Big Ten League All-Star scored 43 goals and 27 assists as a junior and has 139 career points. In addition he has played quarterback, defensive back and punter on the Patriots' football team.

Derrick Eccles led Corcoran High to the Section III championship game and a 15-4 record last year. He was chosen second-team All-Central New York after recording 37 goals and 24 assists from his midfield position. Eccles, who has earned all-league honors as a ice hockey forward, was a member of the New York Shootout's Central squad.

Ohio native Matt Bertrams is also a two-sport scholastic standout. He had 30 goals, 10 assists and 63 ground balls for an 18-2 Mason High program that made its first-ever appearance in the state's Division I Final Four. Bertrams averaged 23.7 per kickoff return and had two interceptions on defense for the Comets' football team.

As a Division I program, UAlbany has won four America East Conference lacrosse championships and made four NCAA Tournament appearances. Marr has an 85-69 record in 10 seasons as head coach.


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