May 23, 2014

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Lyle Thompson Headlines USILA Awards as Player of Year

from LaxMagazine.com Staff Reports


Lyle Thompson is the winner of both the Enners (Outstanding Player) and Turnbull (Outstanding Attackman) award for 2014 after a record-breaking season at Albany. Joe Fletcher became Loyola's first USILA Award winner, taking hom the Schmeisser (Outstanding Defensive Player) (John Strohsacker/LaxPhotos.com)

Lyle Thompson has been named the LT. Raymond J. Enners Award winner for Outstanding Player in Division I lacrosse.

The junior set the single-season points record with 128 points (51G, 77A) this year, and in the process bringing national attention to the sport and captivating old and new fans alike. Thompson also takes home the Lt. Col. J.I.(Jack) Turnbull Award for Outstanding Attackman.

The other award winners, selected by the USILA annually, are Princeton's Tom Schreiber, who was named the Lt. Donald MacLaughlin, Jr. Award winner as outstanding midfielder, Niko Amato of Maryland, named the Ensign C. Markland Kelly, Jr. Award winner as outstanding goalkeeper, and Loyola's Joe Fletcher, who earned the William C. Schmeisser Award as outstanding defensive player.

Amato is the only award-winner that will be playing in Championship Weekend, as Princeton did not make the NCAA tournament this spring, Loyola was eliminated by Albany in the first round, and then Albany fell in overtime against Notre Dame in the NCAA quarterfinals. The Terrapins play the Irish in Saturday's NCAA semifinals at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium.

Three of the four honorees are also finalists for the Tewaaraton Award, which will be named next week. Thompson, Schreiber and Fletcher are joined by Miles Thompson (Albany) and Jordan Wolf (Duke) in the running for that honor.

Lt. Raymond J. Enners Award: Outstanding Player and Lt. Col. J.I.(Jack) Turnbull Award: Outstanding Attackman

Lyle Thompson, University at Albany

A headline-grabbing offensive presence who was a finalist for the Tewaaraton Award as a sophomore last season, Thompson joined with brother Miles and cousin Ty to form one of the most thrilling attack lines that lacrosse has seen. He is the only player in division I history with two 1oo-point seasons, including a single-season record of 113 this spring, 14 more than the previous record of 114, set in 1992 by Steve Marohl at UMBC. Thompson also equalled Marohl's single-season record of 77 assists.

Lt. Donald MacLaughlin, Jr. Award: Outstanding Midfielder

Tom Schreiber, Princeton University

The fifth all-time leading scorer for the storied Princeton program, Schreiber finished his career for the Tigers with 200 points - 106 goals and 94 assists - and was the No. 1 overall pick this winter by the MLL's Ohio Machine. This spring, he led Princeton with 30 goals and 21 assists, his fourth straight year leading his team in points. He is also a Tewaaraton award finalists and earned the MacLaughlin award a year ago, joining only Kyle Harrison, Josh Sims, Gary Gait, Del Dressel, and Frank Urso as two-time winners.

Ensign C. Markland Kelly, Jr. Award: Outstanding Goalie

Niko Amato, University of Maryland

A starter for every game of his career at Maryland, Amato is the only award winner still playing in this weekend's NCAA final four at Baltimore. Amato finished fourth in Division I with a 723 goals against average and eigth with a .566 saves percentage in the brutally tough ACC, which has three of the four NCAA semifinalists this spring. He joins a rich history of Terrapin players to win the award, as William Larash (1952), James Kappler (1955, 56, 57), John Schofield (1965) and Brian Dougherty (1995, 96) have also won the award as Maryland players.

William C. Schmeisser Award: Outstanding Defensive Player

Joe Fletcher, Loyola University

Fletcher, the only collegian to make the U.S. Men's 30-man roster for this summer's FIL World Championships in Denver, was named a first-team All-American for the second consecutive this year and is one of five finalists for the Tewaaraton Award. Fletcher is the first Greyhound in history to win one of the USILA's major awards, having led Division I in ground balls per game (4.71) and ground balls (80). The fundamental defense poster boy had a career high 31 caused turnovers, and players he was responsible for marking scored a paltry 19 goals on the year.


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