Lyle Thompson Stepping Away from PLL for 2023 Season


Lyle Thompson led the PLL with 44 points in 2022.

Lyle Thompson, one of the brightest stars and most respected people in lacrosse, has decided to step away from the Premier Lacrosse League for the 2023 season. He announced his decision on Monday, citing the desire to focus on himself, his family and his community.

“While we will miss Lyle’s leadership and play on the field, we respect his decision to put his family and health first,” PLL co-founder and president Paul Rabil said. “Lyle’s someone who has demonstrated the ability to put absolutely everything he has into his craft — and for over a decade, the game has greatly benefited from that characteristic. I think I can speak for the entire lacrosse community by saying we look forward to seeing him back on a PLL field soon.”

Thompson led the PLL in points (44) in 2022. He also led the league in one-point goals (26). The Cannons, which have undergone an offseason makeover under new head coach Brian Holman, will now play without their best offensive asset. Thompson said in a statement that he intends on re-joining the team in 2024.

Continue below to read the full statement from Thompson.

After much thought and consideration, I’ve decided to take a break from the PLL for the 2023 season.

I’ve dedicated the past 15 years of my life to playing lacrosse year-round. I am grateful that my love for the game has provided me the opportunity to play at the highest level and do so continuously.

For me, the game should always be medicine, and it comes with instruction to be played with respect, a clear mind, and enjoyment. I want to follow these instructions and sometimes that requires rest.

So this summer, I will direct my energy to myself, my family, and my communities.

I want to sincerely thank all of my fans, the lacrosse community, my amazing Cannons teammates and the PLL for their understanding and support. I look forward to re-joining the Boom Squad for the 2024 season and picking up where I left off.

Nyawek – Thank You


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