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posted 08.05.2011 at 2.30 p.m. by Corey McLaughlin

Meet the Crooked Arrows (Including the Thompsons)

The movie "Crooked Arrows," is in production as we speak in the Boston area, and the movie's producers have released a teaser video featuring the members of the film's title team, the Crooked Arrows.

You may be familiar with some of the players, notably Ty, Miles and Lyle Thompson, a trio that this season will likely comprise the starting attack unit of the Albany men's lacrosse team. Lyle, the younger brother of Miles and cousin of Ty, arrives as a freshman at Albany this fall. Miles and Ty are in their second year.

Check out the video below. I'm officially getting kind of excited for this movie now, which is endorsed by US Lacrosse, among others. The movie is billed as an underdog sports movie in the mold of "Hoosiers" and "The Mighty Ducks." Crooked Arrows features a Native American high school's unlikely run to a prep school lacrosse league championship. Learn more at crookedarrows.com.

I caught up with Lyle earlier this summer in Baltimore, and we talked about his college future and his family's lacrosse legacy.

"Miles and Ty are the other attackman and they're off-ball players," Lyle said of his older brother and cousin, both returning sophomore attackman at Albany. "I can help out by being a feeder, drawing a lot of attention, drawing some doubles and hitting the open man."

The Danes need somebody to do that in the absence of Brian Caufield, the team's go-to offensive creator as a senior last year (9g, 22a while missing some time due to injury).

"My job is going to be to fill his spot," the 6-foot, 175-pound Lyle Thompson said. "I'm excited to get on the team, start playing and see what I can do. I think I'll be a big part of the team as a freshman."

Of being the latest Thompson to play collegiate lacrosse — oldest brother Jerome was a JUCO Player of the Year, Jeremy Thompson went to Syracuse and is with the MLL's Hamilton Nationals, and Miles will be with him at Albany — Lyle said with a smile, "I don't think of it as pressure. They push me to do better than them. I think my dad expects the most out of me because I'm the youngest."