SARACUSE NY – Last week, the National Junior College Athletic Association inducted Six Nations lacrosse stars Cody Jamieson and Sid Smith into the NJCAA Lacrosse Hall of Fame for 2016. Also inducted were Jeremy and Jerome Thompson.
“A lot of people will say that Junior College is for people who messed up. But I was extremely humbled and honoured for this award,” Jamieson tweeted following the ceremony. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without the coaches and people at OCC. And to go in with a great class including one of my best friends (Sid) was something I’ll never forget.”
Jamieson played two years at Onondaga Community College in 2006 and 2007. In 2007, he led the nation in goals (65), assists (51) and points (116). He currently ranks third all-time in school history with 237 points on 122 goals and 115 assists. Jamieson was a two-time NJCAA All-American and helped the Lazers capture back-to-back NJCAA Lacrosse Championships in 2006 and 2007, and to a perfect 33-0 record.
Jamieson transferred to Syracuse University in 2008 and helped bring home the 2009 Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship Title with the game-winning goal in overtime against Cornell. He was named to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament team that year. During his senior year at Syracuse, Jamieson collected USILA Honorable Mention All-American honors. Jamieson was the first overall pick in the 2010 National Lacrosse League Draft for the Rochester Knighthawks and went on to sign the longest contract in NLL history; inking a 10-year deal with the Knighthawks on December 23, 2010.
Sid Smith began his college career at Onondaga Community College in 2006. He was named a 2006 NJCAA First-Team All-American as he helped anchor a defence that allowed 4.4 goals per game. In 2008, Smith transferred to Syracuse University where he was an USILA Honourable Mention All-American on an Orange defense that posted a 7.62 team goals-against average. In 2009, Smith collected USILA Second-Team All-American honours being part of a Syracuse defence that ranked fourth nationally in scoring defence with a 7.38 team goals-against average. In 2009, Smith was drafted sixth overall by the Toronto Nationals in the Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft and was a member of the 2009 championship. Smith was also selected first overall by the Rochester Knighthawks in the 2009 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft and was a member of the 2012, 2013 and 2014 NLL champion Rochester Knighthawks.
Also inducted were Jerome Thompson who won two National Championships in 2007 and 2009 with the Lazers. In both seasons Thompson was named NJCAA First-Team All-American and collected Junior College Offensive Player of the Year in 2009. Thompson ranks seventh all-time in school history with 196 total points on 98 goals and 98 assists. Thompson was a member of the Iroquois world team where he helped lead the team to the bronze medal last summer. He was initially drafted by the Buffalo Bandits and was recently traded to the Georgia Swarm. Along with his three brothers, Lyle, Myles and Jeremy, Jerome is the face of Nike Lacrosse and one of the biggest ambassadors of the game.
Jeremy Thompson who won two NJCAA National Championships with Onondaga in 2007 and 2009. The two-time NJCAA All-American tallied 116 points on 62 goals and 54 assists for the 31-0 Lazers during his time with the team. Thompson transferred to Syracuse as a junior in 2010 where he earned USILA Second Team All-American honours as a midfielder and face-off specialist. Thompson was named USILA Third Team All-American in 2011 and was taken sixth overall in the MLL Collegiate Draft by Hamilton Nationals. Thompson played 5 years in the NLL and was selected ninth overall in 2012 NLL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Bandits.