A weekly Throwback Thursday feature gets kicked off with a bang today, as a highly entertaining New York State title game in 2009 took place between the Manhasset Indians and Thompson-boosted Lafayette Lancers before being put online in its entirety.
Though the 15-11 ‘Set win was all about Connor English’s nine goals, it was a national coming out party of sorts for then-underclassmen Miles & Lyle Thompson, overshadowing Hopkins signee and IL’s No. 1 recruit John Greeley.
2014’s co-Tewaaraton winners Miles and Lyle played attack and FO/midfield, respectively, at the time and combined for over 150 goals that year. Connor English, who was a Top 10 recruit bound for Virginia, later finished a successful career up at Cornell and is currently working in the lacrosse industry on Long Island.
There were all sorts of other stars for Manhasset: Jack Meyer (Yale), Zac Koufakis (Dartmouth), John Duvnjak (Middlebury) and then-freshman brother Bobby (Harvard), Ricky Buhr (Syracuse), Brad Cappellini (Harvard) and several Division III bound standouts. That was a phenomenal team coached by the legendary Bill Cherry.
As a side note, I remember getting sent this game in the mail in VHS form from my good buddy and former colleague Chris Kieser up in New York. Must have watched that tape a dozen times that summer. There will be some of you kids who don’t know what VHS is… Google it or something.
For any ideas for Throwback Thursday features – videos of famous games, plays or old highlight reels from current Division I or MLL stars – throw in the #TBT tag & mention @tyxanders and I’ll give it a look.