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The University at Albany’s ‘Thompson Trio’ & Co. in GIFs (UPDATE)

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Lyle Thompson Scores on Harvard Behind Back

The University at Albany Men’s Lacrosse Team is one of the most prolific lacrosse teams in the nation. Emerging as a true force in the 2013 season, led by the top-scoring ‘Thompson Trio’ of brothers Miles and Lyle and cousin Ty Thompson, the team has returned this season with a finished design. In March 2014, The New York Times profiled the family following the three being named to the ‘watch list’ for the Tewaaraton Award, presented at the end of the season to the nation’s best lacrosse player:

The Thompsons, who grew up on a reservation in upstate New York, are more than exceptional athletes thriving in the sport of their ancestors, a sport that is still endowed with deeply spiritual significance to Native Americans. They are trailblazers who have upended the athletic world and reservation life, and their success has ignited a scramble for Native American recruits at lacrosse programs across the country.

SUNY proudly educates thousands of collegiate athletes on more than 85 NCAA Division I, 290 NCAA Division III, and 385 NJCAA athletics teams, as well as hundreds of non-competitive athletics clubs. So, in the spirit of incredible athleticism across the Empire State, here are 5 GIFs that explain the magic of the University at Albany Men’s Lacrosse Team.

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UPDATE 2013/14 SEASON:

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#4 Lyle Thompson assists, via an underhand-across-the-crease pass, #91 Ty Thompson in a game against Syracuse University this spring:

Thompson Trio UAlbany Lacrosse Score2/16/2014 vs. Syracuse University at the Carrier Dome

That game, the Danes took the Orange to overtime for the second year in a row with the opposite outcome from 2013, when they defeated the national champions.

 

#2 Miles Thompson executes a behind-the-back, over-the-shoulder shot past Harvard in their second matchup of the 2014 season:

Thompson Trio UAlbany Lacrosse Score3/1/2014 vs. Harvard University at John Fallon Field

This approach isn’t unique to the Trio; the top photo of this post is of #4 Lyle during the same game.

 

And another–this time, drawing a foul in the process:

Thompson Trio UAlbany Lacrosse Score3/1/2014 vs. Harvard University at John Fallon Field

 

But it’s not just the Thompson Trio that drives the University at Albany forward. Here’s #20 Ryan Feuerstein capitalizing on a fast break against Syracuse University:

Thompson Trio UAlbany Lacrosse Score2/16/2014 vs. Syracuse University at the Carrier Dome

 

And #0 John Maloney getting fed the ball from the general direction of #2 Miles Thompson to put one in during the same game:

John Maloney UALbany Score2/16/2014 vs. Syracuse University at the Carrier Dome

 

And while this is all awesome, let’s sweeten the deal by realizing that the University at Albany Women’s Lacrosse Team is also a powerhouse and the lacrosse skill level of both Onondaga Community College Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse Teams is hard to match, having become the first college in NJCAA history to achieve two simultaneous national championships in 2009.

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March 10, 2014

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Mascot Madness Champion, Hugo the Hawk, Speaks on His Victory and Getting Back to Work

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SUNY Mascot Madness winner - Hugo Hawk from New PaltzThe first ever SUNY Mascot Madness came to a close yesterday with over 300,000 votes cast over the entire competition.  In a race that was too close to call initially, Hugo the Hawk from New Paltz was declared the winner of the first SUNY Mascot Madness over Wolfie the Seawolf from Stony Brook.  In a race to the finish, he met the library dean, cleaned the campus, and hung out with many students on campus.

We were able to catch up with Hugo and get his thoughts on the final round of the competition.

What responsibilities do you carry as SUNY Mascot Madness 2013 Champion?  What’s next for you?

As the SUNY Mascot Madness 2013 Champion, it is my duty to represent all that this title stands for. I will continue being the best mascot I can possibly be and keep getting better at it each day.

What will you do with all of your free time once SUNY Mascot Madness 2013 is complete?

With this free time I will get back to the basics. I will work on my cheers and dances and keep myself in tip-top shape for all the teams I root for. I will work hard to earn my place in next year’s tournament and make sure I do my best to defend my crown.

 

And we look forward to next year’s competition with you Hugo!

Hugo Hawk with Mascot Madness championship trophy

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Emily Schwartz is the Coordinator of Open SUNY Communication and Projects.

April 5, 2013

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Bobby Hurley Named University at Buffalo Men’s Basketball Head Coach

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Bobby Hurley has been named the 12th head men's basketball coach at the University at Buffalo.

Bobby Hurley has been named the 12th head men’s basketball coach at the University at Buffalo.

Bobby Hurley, one of the most iconic figures in college basketball history, has been named the 12th head men’s basketball coach at the University at Buffalo.

He joins UB from the University of Rhode Island, where he has been serving as associate head coach. He was hired as an assistant coach at Wagner College in 2010, and spent two seasons with the Seahawks, playing a critical role in rebuilding the men’s basketball team. He helped lead Wagner to a 25-6 record during the 2011-12 season – its best record in school history – before joining Rhode Island.

A first-team All-American in 1993, Hurley is best remembered for being the point guard at Duke. Hurley helped lead the Blue Devils to three Final Four appearances and consecutive national championships in 1991 and 1992. Hurley still holds the NCAA record for career assists with 1,076.

Following his outstanding career at Duke, Hurley was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the seventh pick in the 1993 NBA Draft. He went on to play five years in the NBA with the Kings and Vancouver Grizzlies.

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SUNY Oneonta Senior Sets Off on 4,200-Mile Cross-Country Bike Adventure

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Jayme Haynes biking in Central Bridge on her cross country adventure

Jami Haynes sets off from her home in Central Bridge, NY, on Tuesday, May 28.

SUNY Oneonta senior Jami Haynes set off on a 4,200-mile, cross-country bike adventure today with the goal of raising awareness about the Harvest of Hope Foundation, an organization that provides emergency assistance to migrant workers and their families. Haynes, 21, accompanied by her boyfriend and sister, left early Tuesday morning from her home in Central Bridge, N.Y.

An avid runner and hiker, Haynes got the idea for the “Miles for Migrants” bike tour after Harvest of Hope founder and President Phil Kellerman visited one of her education classes, taught by Madeline Berry, this past semester. Her 20-year-old sister, Jena, signed on for the adventure, and then her boyfriend, Caleb Grippin, 23, joined the team.

Jena Haynes, Caleb Grippin, Jami Haynes with bikes

SUNY Oneonta student Jami Haynes (right) with her sister, Jena, and boyfriend, Caleb Grippin.

“I wasn’t very familiar with what a migrant farm worker was and how they contributed to American society, and I was especially touched as a future educator by the support that Harvest of Hope gives to these families and the scholarships that the foundation provides,” Haynes said.

The class did a service-learning project to benefit Harvest of Hope, and Haynes kept the momentum going. She and her sister organized a spaghetti supper, several bake sales and a raffle, as well as giving presentations about Harvest of Hope on campus and in the community. “Spreading awareness of the foundation and how it helps migrant farm workers has been extremely rewarding,” Haynes said. “The community definitely knows a lot more about the contributions of migrant workers because of this project.”

Haynes hopes to continue raising awareness by meeting with media outlets during her journey. The trio plans to ride about 60 to 80 miles per day, camping and staying with friends and family members en route to San Francisco. They have been training for the trip for about three months, logging several hundred miles of short and long rides.

The Harvest of Hope Foundation was established in 1997, when Kellerman worked at ESCORT, a migrant education resource center based at SUNY Oneonta. In addition to its affiliation with ESCORT, SUNY Oneonta has operated a College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) since 2001. Created in 1972, CAMP is a federally-funded scholarship program that helps students from migrant and seasonal farm-working families pursue higher education.

ESCORT senior programmer analyst Bob Thomas, a friend of Kellerman’s, loaned Haynes and her crew three touring bikes and trailers. Thomas, who completed a cross-country bicycling trip himself back in 1976, was on hand for the send-off Tuesday, offering last-minute tips and advice.

An elementary education major with a concentration in social studies, Haynes will share experiences from her trip this fall as a student teacher at Cobleskill Elementary School.

She will also chronicle her adventures throughout the 11-week journey on the blog: www.crazyguyonabike.com/sistahbikers.

 

SUNY Oneonta

May 28, 2013

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