Georgia’s Lyle Thompson Collects Sixth Straight National Lacrosse League Sportsmanship Award

Las Vegas Desert Dogs’ Zack Greer selected by NLLPA membership as Teammate of the Year

PHILADELPHIA, May 14, 2024 – Today, the National Lacrosse League (@NLL) announced Georgia Swarm forward Lyle Thompson was selected as by NLL team executives and coaches as the 2024 NLL Sportsmanship Award winner, Thompson’s sixth consecutive honor in this category. The NLL Players Association membership voted Las Vegas Desert Dogs forward Zack Greer as its Teammate of the Year for the 2023-24 season.

Thompson completed another stellar season for the Swarm in 2023-24, notching 42 goals and 45 assists for 87 points, marking his sixth straight full season of 40 or more goals (excluding the COVID-shortened 2020 campaign, when he scored 27 in 12 games). Only three other players notched more than one Sportsmanship Award since the honor debuted in 2002, cementing Thompson’s status as one of the most well-respected and accomplished players in NLL history.

Greer, who completed his 14th year in the NLL, is a first-time winner of the Teammate of the Year Award, as selected through voting of the NLLPA body. He scored 21 goals and added 31 assists, surpassing the career 300-assist and 600-point plateaus earlier this season. A member of the Whitby (Ontario) Sports Hall of Fame, Greer won back-to-back league championships with Edmonton and Saskatchewan in 2015 and 2016, netting career bests of 44 and 42 goals, respectively, those seasons.

Below are the all-time winners of the NLL Sportsmanship Award:

2024 – Lyle Thompson, Georgia Swarm

Below are the all-time winners of the NLLPA Teammate of the Year Award:

  • 2024 – Zack Greer, Las Vegas Desert Dogs
  • 2023 – Dan Dawson, Toronto Rock
  • 2022 – Jeremy Thompson, Panther City Lacrosse Club
  • 2020 – Dan Dawson, Toronto Rock & Mike Poulin, Georgia Swarm
  • 2019 – John Ranagan, Georgia Swarm
  • 2018 – Craig England, Buffalo Bandits
  • 2017 – Mike Poulin, Georgia Swarm
  • 2016 – Mike Poulin, Calgary Roughnecks
  • 2015 – Joel McCready, Vancouver Stealth


The NLL will continue to announce its award winners throughout the week, in advance of Friday’s Game 1 of the 2024 NLL Finals presented by AXIA Time between the Buffalo Bandits and the Albany FireWolves (7 p.m., TSN, TSN+, ESPN+) from MVP Arena in Albany.


2023-24 NLL Awards announcement schedule and summary:


Monday, May 13

  • Executive of the Year – John Catalano, President and Chief Executive Officer, Halifax Thunderbirds
  • Tom Borrelli Award (Media Person of the Year) – Adam Levi, Inside Lacrosse


Tuesday, May 14

  • Sportsmanship Award – Lyle Thompson, Georgia Swarm
  • Teammate of the Year (via NLLPA) – Zack Greer, Las Vegas Desert Dogs


Wednesday, May 15

  • Les Bartley Award (Coach of the Year)
  • General Manager of the Year


Thursday, May 16

  • Offensive Player of the Year
  • Defensive Player of the Year
  • Transition Player of the Year
  • Goaltender of the Year


Friday, May 17

  • Most Valuable Player and the All-NLL First and Second Teams
  • Rookie of the Year and the NLL All-Rookie Team


About the National Lacrosse League

The National Lacrosse League (NLL) is North America’s largest professional lacrosse league and welcomed more than 1 million fans for the second year in a row during the 2023-24 season. Founded in 1986, the NLL is comprised of 15 franchises across the United States and Canada, and recently unveiled its largest brand campaign ever, “Welcome to The Next Major League™” and introduced its comprehensive grassroots initiative, NLL UnBOXed™, that will expand the League’s footprint to more than 60 communities across North America by 2027.

For the latest scores and developments in the National Lacrosse League, please visit: NLL.com and find the NLL on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and TikTok.

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Media inquiries contact:

Joe Favorito, joefavorito2@gmail.com, 917-566-8345

Jerry Milani, media@nll.com, 917-797-5663

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.

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