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Great Goal: Being Thompson Or Just Lucky?

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Miles Thompson’s recent goal against Stony Brook is insane. He takes a look at the net, turns his back, pivots, and then just wails the ball at the net without looking, sticking it inside the pipe. If this were anyone else, we’d say they got lucky, but since it’s a Thompson, we want to know if you think he practices this.

We have our opinion, but we’ll let you watch the video, and then decide for yourself in the Poll below!

So Which Was It?

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8 Comments

  • I find that shot to not only be lucky but selfish. I do not know what the score was at the time of that goal, but no one will/should tell you that was a good shot, and if it was then every player is open anytime they have the ball. He could/should have passed the ball off, there is a reason why 6 guys play offense.

    If you want to call this shot “skill”, I ask how? His back is to the goal. He cannot see the goalie. He could have practiced this shot many times, but every time this shot is done it’s a 50/50 chance of going in at best…the goalie could be anywhere for all you know AND you may not be positioned as you think you are to the goal. Again, I see no skill in this. Anyone playing lacrosse could do this in a game; however, many of us would get pulled out of the game for pulling that selfish/dumb move just as I think he should have been.

    There are creative/trick/skill shots and then there are selfish and dumb moves that can hurt a team. I find this one to fit in the dumb category; we are only discussing it because it happened to go in. To me the “test” for a crazy/skill shot is if the goalie had saved it, would we be talking about an amazing save? The answer here is simple, no.

    • Sorry
      my friend but unfortunately your not very cultured in the sport of
      lacrosse and your answer shows that. If you know anything about his
      family his heritage or his single long braid down the back then you’ll
      understand that goal but since you dont heres a quick course. Hes fron
      Onandoga nation reservation he and all his brothers and cousins are
      extremely versed at scoring at will and that shot for him is actually
      like throwing over hand for most of us. His single long braid is a
      cultural lax social class expressing his skill level the length in which
      he has been playing and how good he is. If you take a quick youtube
      class on both his nation and family in lacrosse then you’ll understand
      that one they’re all extremely gifted in lax. Two they were number one
      in there respective recruiting class either overall or at a specific
      position and three they were recruited to do what that video shows score
      at will. Theres a reason he’s the number one goal scorer and point
      getter in the nation

      • I find it extremely disrespectful you would assume I am not cultured in lacrosse. I know very well who he is, his talent, family and where he comes from. Additionally, I know and understand what his hair length means; however, I see no relevance to that here.
        I am not saying he is not an amazing player, he unquestionably is. I feel you read my comment as being a personal attack on his talent. For that, I am sorry because it was not. I only question the decision to shoot over his head with his back to the goal. As a current coach, I would not care who the player is and what their skill is. There is a time and place for shots like that (examples: summer league, pick up games) not when you are playing to get into the NCAA tournament. Again, I feel that had this been a save, people would have said it was a poor shot. I compare this to many shots a person like Palmer on JHU takes. When they go in, people like it. When they get saved, people question his decision. I have seen the games Albany has been on ESPN and I will say many shots the Thompsons take, I do not think other players should; however, their (thompson family) talent and skill is scary good. But again with that, even the most talented players can take a bad/selfish shot. You can’t tell me Michael Jordan/Kobe/Paul Rabil etc., as talented as they are have never taken a selfish shot, can you?

        So please do not question my cultural awareness. This has nothing to do with who is he and his background. I would have said the same thing regardless of the player. My comment did not make this a personal attack on him per se as you make it sound. I merely questioned this one shot decision of his.

  • The placement of the ball may be somewhat lucky, but the instinct and creativity involved cannot be denied. You can hate and call it “selfish” but this kid knows EXACTLY where he is in relation to the goal and the field awareness and dexterity are what makes this a skilled shot. Much like when an NBA superstar drives the lane and is forced to turn away and put in a crazy layup without looking, the bounce of the ball may be lucky to an extent, but all the SKILL involved in getting to the hoop, fighting through contact and putting the ball on target are not erased by a bit of luck. He scored four more goals in this game besides this one, and also added 9 assists. Yes NINE. I would bet his coaches and those other guys that play offense see nothing selfish about him or this play.

    • Do not read my comment as saying he is a selfish player; in fact, where in my comment did I refer to him as a selfish player? I call the shot selfish, please read before jumping over someone. Every player can and has made a selfish move at one time or another. As the other guy said and you allude to, he scores TONS of points for a reason–he is crazy talented and a great passer (unselfish). As I said, I just find this one shot selfish. So I agree, his teammates are likely to not see him as selfish because no selfish player will have 9 assists in a single game.

      I feel people are misreading what I intended. He is not a selfish player, I see it only as a selfish move. I do not see a reason, regardless of skill, to take a shot with your back to the goal. And yes, he is likely aware of his position of the field, but you can never assume or fully know where/how the goalie is positioned when you cannot see him.

        • Agreed. My comment and explanation were specific to the play I didn’t “jump over you” and I also said I’m sure his coaches and teammates see nothing selfish about him OR THIS PLAY, which is not selfish due to the reasons I listed as well as the basketball analogy I offered. You said you would pull him from the game for this shot, and your strong opinion was met by another with more factual statements and complimentary knowledge of the Thompsons. Also the fact that he is not looking doesn’t apply to field awareness. If you are near GLE the goalie will be hugging the pipe on that side 10 times out of 10. If the goalie makes this save it’s a phenomenal save, not a poor shot. Don’t get so bent out of shape when people disagree with you and refute your arguments, I said nothing of you personally.

      • Agreed. My comment and explanation were specific to the play I didn’t “jump over you” and I also said I’m sure his coaches and teammates see nothing selfish about him OR THIS PLAY, which is not selfish due to the reasons I listed as well as the basketball analogy I offered. You said you would pull him from the game for this shot, and your strong opinion was met by another with more factual statements and complimentary knowledge of the Thompsons. Also the fact that he is not looking doesn’t apply to field awareness. If you are near GLE the goalie will be hugging the pipe on that side 10 times out of 10 AND he took a glance at the cage before he turned and shot. If the goalie makes this save it’s a phenomenal save, not a poor shot. Don’t get so bent out of shape when people disagree with you and refute your arguments, I said nothing of you personally.

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