Already one of college lacrosse’s most talented players, Thompson bolstered that status this year while leading the Great Danes to the NCAA quarterfinals and the Iroquois Nationals to their first bronze medal in six appearances in the quadrennial Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship. Perhaps more importantly, he embodied the spirit of the game while representing the Haudenosaunee — natives of North America and originators of the sport now commonly called lacrosse.
By Brendon Burke
In somewhat of a departure from the typical recruiting event for this time of year, the 2014 Haudenosaunee U-19 Nations Cup took place at the Nichols School in Buffalo on Saturday, with five teams from Western New York and Ontario showcasing their talents on a cold and rainy day.
As part of the Iroquois’ increased effort to put the best players on the field for international competition, the tournament was used as a preliminary Iroquois Nationals evaluation with an eye toward the 2016 FIL U-19 World Lacrosse Championships. All participating players were of First Nations/Native American origin and many would be eligible for the Iroquois Nationals team that will compete for the U-19 world title in Canada two years from now.
November 1, 2014
Nichols School, 1250 Amherst St., Buffalo New York 14220,
Pool A: Tuscarora, Grand River Ironmen, Six Nations U16
Pool B: Six Nation U18, Seneca Squad, Tonawanda Braves
Field 1: Tuscarora vs Grand River
Field 2: Seneca Squad vs Tonawanda
Field 1: Tuscarora vs Six Nations 16U
Field 2: Six Nations 18u vs Tonawanda
AT&T U-verse spent the summer putting together a special project on the Iroquios Nationals, following the Thompsons from the Onondaga reservation through the FIL World Championships.
They’ve unveiled Part I, showing the Thompsons in their backyard on the Onondaga reservation, and culminating with the opening ceremonies of the World Games.
Check out Part I of the video here, and see listings for where you can catch the special documentary on TV.
IL went behind the scenes with the Nationals in Denver with a series of in-depth written pieces. Check them out below