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University at Albany’s Lacrosse Trailblazers Can’t Be Stopped

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They say the family that plays together, stays together. This just might be the case for the three family members on the University of Albany’s Men’s Lacrosse Team that are shaking up the world of college lacrosse.

Brothers Lyle and Miles Thompson and their cousin, Ty Thompson, make up the famous ‘Thompson Trio’ and are stopping at no means to bring the Great Danes to great heights.

On March 8, the University at Albany dominated University of Massachusetts 25-10. With the athleticism of the Thompson Trio (who scored a combined 15 total goals during the game), the University at Albany, under the leadership of Head Coach Scott Marr, is off to an exceptional season.

The Trio is on the fast-track to becoming one of college lacrosse’s most recognizable and influential figures.  On March 10, they were featured on the coveted front page of the New York Times following their spot on the cover of Inside Lacrosse February 2014 issue.

In a Native American Sport, a Family’s Giant Leap

Last year, the Thompsons were in the running for the Tewaaraton Award, which is given to America’s most outstanding lacrosse player. Sophomore Lyle Thompson was the top contender for the award, finishing the 2012 season with 113 total points on 50 goals–just two shy of breaking the NCAA single-season record. But his accomplishments didn’t stop there; in 2013 Lyle was named Inside Lacrosse and Lacrosse Magazine’s Preseason Player of the Year.

His older brother, Miles, a junior, trailed behind Lyle with 43 goals in 12 games last season. And their cousin, Ty, followed suit by carrying out an incredible season before his junior year.

> More: 5 Insane Lacrosse Goals by ‘Thompson Trio’ & Co.

Born and raised in the Onondaga Nation in upstate New York, the family members grew up playing Lacrosse, a sport that has its origins in a tribal game played by Native Americans. Their enduring passion for the game and the historical significance that it has on them and their culture led them to pursue lacrosse beyond the reservation. Since joining the Great Danes, the Trio has broken down barriers for Native Americans in athletics and triggered a frenzy for colleges to recruit lacrosse players across Native American reservations.

Thompson Trio Inside Lacrosse

Photo by Inside Lacrosse

When the Trio is off the field, they try to find time balancing school work and family. All three family members study sociology and find relief in having the opportunity to have tutors so that they can excel in their academics.

But when competing at John Fallon Field, well, that talent has been nurtured.

“Being a student athlete comes easy because we grew up playing lacrosse at a young age,” says Miles.

After the Trio’s reign at the University Albany, they plan on playing in the Major League Lacrosse. For Ty and Miles, that dream will soon be a reality since they have both already been drafted into the MLL–a dream, Ty says, that he’s always had.

And while lacrosse is the main focus for the Thompson Trio right now, Lyle mentions that in the long run he hopes to give back to his family, community, and to his reservation.

“I want to go back to the reservation and help in whatever way I can,” he says.

To Lyle, Miles, and Ty, lacrosse is more than a game; it’s a way to celebrate their culture and honor their ancestors. And for the Trio to have the opportunity to play the sport alongside their family members is the driving force behind their undying dedication to lacrosse at the University at Albany.

 

Olivia Santo

Written by Olivia Santo

Olivia is a former student assistant in the Office of New Media for the State University of New York. She is an undergraduate direct and interactive marketing major with a minor in economics at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, NY.

March 11, 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

Emily Schwartz

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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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