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The Thompson brothers on abuse, glory and Native American pride in lacrosse

Lyle, Miles and Jerome Thompson have helped the Georgia Swarm to the NLL playoffs. They have faced huge highs and lows along the way

John Arlotta decided to move his indoor lacrosse team from an NHL arena in St Paul, Minnesota, to a minor-league hockey arena in the Atlanta suburbs four years ago because the rent was too high in Minnesota, and because he saw lots of room for growth in Georgia. So the Minnesota Swarm became the Georgia Swarm after 11 seasons, and the Swarm moved south with a critical possession: four of the first six picks in the National Lacrosse League draft, including the first overall pick.

The Swarm made a logical choice with that first selection, taking Lyle Thompson, a forward from the University at Albany. He’d broken the NCAA career records for assists and points, and he’d twice won the Tewaaraton Award, the Heisman Trophy of college lacrosse, the first time jointly with his teammate and older brother, Miles.

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