Lyle Thompson, one of the most respected lacrosse players in the world, has chosen to step away from the Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) for the 2023 season. He announced his decision for a 1-year sabbatical on Monday, citing the desire to focus on himself, his family and his community.
The PLL provided its full support writing “we support Lyle as he takes time to focus on family and his health and look forward to seeing him play in 2024.”
His statement can be viewed below:
“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. Nyaweh – Thank You”
Thompson led the PLL in points (44) last season. He also led the league in one-point goals (26). The Cannons, which have undergone a makeover under new head coach Brian Holman, will now continue play without Thompson, until next season.