Origins of Lacrosse
Discussion and Q&A about the Origins of Lacrosse with Native American student-athletes and Onondaga cultural leader.
Tahoka Nanticoke from the Mohawk Nation
Tehoka Nanticoke is currently attending University of Albany where he is an attackmen for the men’s lacrosse team and soon to be professional lacrosse player, while majoring in Communications and minoring in Sociology. Tehokas athletic career began from the moment he could hold a lacrosse stick. His streak of success started in 2013 and 2014 as a two-time Minto Cup Championship winner and the 2014 Founders Cup winner all before he entered high school. Tehoka secured his lacrosse and educational career by attending IMG academy and graduated in 2017 as the nation’s number one recruit. Since his graduation, he has played for his hometown team Six Nations Chiefs. Lacrosse also took him to the international stage where he played for the U19 and men’s team Iroquois Nationals. While playing for the 2016 U19 team Iroquois Nationals, Tehoka was awarded Attackmen MVP and a member of the 1st all world team. He was also a part of the Iroquois National box team, where they won bronze in 2018 and silver in 2019. Tehoka accredits his Brother Chancey Hill for putting his first stick in his hands and teaching him everything he knows about the game of Lacrosse, along with his mother, Catherine Nanticoke, because without her he would not have been given as many opportunities as he has been blessed with.
Mimi Lazore from the Mohawk Nation
Mirabella “Mimi” Lazore is a women’s lacrosse player from the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation in Upstate New York. Mimi attended IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida and is a current sophomore attacker at Dartmouth College who is pursuing a major in Government with a minor in Native American Studies. Mimi was a member of the Haudenosaunee Women’s Senior team for the 2017 Women’s World Cup in Guildford, England, the U-19 team that traveled to Peterborough, Ontario in the summer of 2019 and the Women’s team who traveled to Florida to participate in the PALA Olympic Qualifier in the fall of 2019. Mimi is the younger sister of Jacelyn Lazore who accredits her older sister for most of her success because of the examples she set growing up. Mimi is looking to utilize her education fueled by the passion for lacrosse to give back to her community and to empower the young girls behind her to not only take a similar path, but to venture beyond it.
Jacelyn Lazore from the Mohawk Nation
Jacelyn Lazore is a sophomore Attacker at Virginia Tech and is from the Akwesasne Mohawk Territory. She has been a part of the Haudenosaunee Women’s Senior Team for the 2017 Women’s World Cup in Guildford, England. Jacelyn also has a part of the Haudenosaunee U-19 team that traveled to Peterborough, Ontario in August of 2020. During the U-19’s she was nominated as a team captain, and awarded player of the game against team Belgium and Mexico. She is a family of 7, so her core values revolve around her ability to be a sister, a teammate, and a leader to the people around her. Her devotion to give back to her community while also sharing the love for the game of lacrosse is what has taken her above and beyond.
Bradley Powless from the Onondaga Nation
Dehowähda•dih (Bradley Powless) is an Eel clan member of the Onondaga Nation. Bradley has been a teacher at the Onondaga Nation for over 25 years. For the past 10 years, Bradley has served as the culture teacher at the Onondaga Nation School. Bradley and his family love lacrosse. Bradley grew up playing box for the Redhawks and played field lacrosse at Nazareth College. Bradley also coached many levels in minor lacrosse for the Redhawks as well as an assistant coach at the local high school, LaFayette Lancers. Bradley Powless created and maintains the nation’s website, OnondagaNation.org. Bradley is grateful for his loving wife and his three volleyball playing children.
Lyle Thompson from the Onondaga Nation
Lyle Thompson is from the Onondaga Nation and from the day he was born he had a lacrosse stick placed in his hands. Surrounded by the support of his family he went on to have a successful career, starting with 3x All American Honors, Under Armour All American Selection and being #1 Collegiate Recruit in The Nation all while in high school. Lyle Thompson went on to play at the University of Albany where he became a 3x All American, 2x Tewaarton Award Winner, 2 time USLA Attackman of the year, and was both the NCAA Career points leader and NCAA single season points leader. He has also been named Inside Lacrosse “Player of the Decade”. His successful career extends into both international and professional leagues. Lyle was a member of a 2x FIL All World Team and 3x All World Team. He was also named FIL U-19 All-world Midfielder, FIL U-19 midfielder of the world, and FIL All World Attackman Selection. His professional career consists of being a 2017 champions cup winner, 2017 NLL mvp, 2017 NLL playoff MVP, 2017 NLL points leader, and 2019 MLL MVP. Thompson is both a Nike Athlete and a N7 Ambassador, he hopes to use the opportunities he has been given to make a difference in the lives of other young athletes the way his brothers have impacted his.
Organized by Indigenous Peoples Awareness Coalition (IPAC) and Anthropology Department.
Co-sponsors: Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Environmental Studies and Sciences Department
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