Scott: Athletes who play at the college level are talented, persistent and driven. But these next three guys also have history, both with their sport and with each other. Keith Kocinski has their story.
Keith Kocinski: The first thing you notice about these guys, known as ‘The Thompson Trio,’ are their awesome skills on the lacrosse field.
Lyle Thompson: There is a really good chemistry between us.
Keith: Brothers Lyle and Miles Thompson and their cousin Ty are all starters at the University at Albany. But that is not what makes them most proud.
Ty Thompson: My Mohawk name is Dayodagonay. It means ‘he carries the fire’.
Miles Thompson: My name is Guyagoyah. It means ‘he strikes the sun’.
Lyle: Dayhausinonday. And it means ‘he is flying over us’.
Keith: The Thompsons grew up on Indian reservations in upstate New York. And like generations of Native Americans before them, were first taught how to play lacrosse as toddlers.
Ty: Lacrosse is definitely more than just a game for our people. When I was growing up, me and my friends, that’s all we did.
Keith: Native Americans not only play the sport, their ancestors invented it. European settlers first documented Native Americans playing the game in the 1600s. Native Americans believe the game’s purpose is to entertain the Creator and to heal the sick.
Lyle: I remind myself why it’s supposed to be played. So I just go out there, no matter win or lose, how many goals, how many assists I score. I’m playing hard, playing with my heart.
Keith: The three Thompsons scored more points last season than the entire teams of 40 Division I schools.
Coach Scott Marr: They really are, in a sense, on a different level. They are just so creative, and they are just so much fun to watch.
Keith: The Thompsons say Albany feels like home because their team has embraced their culture.
Miles: We go and get water, and we call it ‘onaganos’. And we got the whole team calling it ‘let’s get some onaganos’.
It just shows that they respect us and we respect them. And it is a family here.
Keith: A family that recognizes and honors its rich history.
Keith Kocinski, Channel One News.