Brothers from the Onondaga Nation become first Natives to win Tewaaraton Award

Boys & Girls Clubs of Indian Country congratulates the Thompson brothers for making lacrosse history last month. Among five finalists, Lyle and Miles both took home the Tewaaraton Award, college lacrosse's highest honor given to the best player in the country, for their performances at University at Albany-SUNY in New York. The award has never been presented to two players. It has also never been awarded to a Native player, until this year. Members of the Onondaga Nation, Lyle and Miles were the first Native players to receive this honor, the name for which comes from the Mohawk language. Lyle and Miles have been setting records their entire lacrosse careers and have played together most of their life. Their brotherly bond has translated to sweeping successes on the field like becoming the first teammates in Division I history to record 100-point seasons at the same time. Their hard work has not only earned them the Tewaaraton Award but helped them to advance the rankings and reputation of their team. To learn more about Lyle and Miles and their inspiring story, go to

Photo: The Tewaaraton had never had shared winners before Thursday night. But the committee voted unanimously to give the award to both Lyle Thompson (left) and Miles Thompson, who both had record-breaking seasons.
Credit: David Vatz/University of Albany Athletics