2019 NLL Draft Spotlight: Tyson Bomberry
Tyson Bomberry - LD
Age: 23 (Birthday is Friday)
Weight: 218 lbs
Hometown: Ohsweken, Ontario
School: Syracuse (NCAA DI)
Current Team: Six Nations Chiefs (MSL)
Junior Team(s): Six Nations Arrows (Jr A), Six Nations Rebels (Jr B)
What the Experts Say
“He didn’t play much this summer, getting into just one game in the regular season then seven in the playoffs with the Chiefs. His game remained robust, but he showed an alarming propensity for getting beaten underneath by opposing forwards, sometimes multiple times in a single game. That will drive coaches crazy. On the plus side, Bomberry is strong and aggressive.“ - Stephen Stamp, IL Indoor
“Bomberry is the most intriguing player in this year’s draft. There have been rumblings New York likes him so much they may take him with the first overall pick. The University of Syracuse alumnus plays an extremely heavy game and can terrorize opponents forwards game in and out. Although, he could improve on his foot speed to help him become an impact player at the next level.“ - Pat Gregoire, Lacrosse Flash
Lacrosse Flash Projected Draft Pick: 10th overall- New York Riptide
A good player hailing from the Six Nations system that also played at Syracuse? What a shocker.
The Arrows have been nothing short of dominant over the past decade, and nearly every player that graduates their program ends up having some form of success in the pro ranks.
Bomberry worked his way through the system, starting with the Junior B Rebels — winning a Founders Cup in 2012 — before making the full-time jump to the Arrows. During his five years in Junior A, he helped the team win three Minto Cups (2014, 2015, 2017).
He featured prominently on the Iroquois Nationals during the 2018 World Field Lacrosse Championships. The team went onto win a bronze medal with the 22-year-old playing long pole.
Collegiately, Bomberry has been a standout with Syracuse. Over 32 games in his first three years, he had just four points, however, he was a beast on the defensive side, grabbing 66 ground balls while causing 29 turnovers.
It was his senior campaign that really proved how disruptive he could be on the defensive side of the ball. He started in every game, finishing with a single assist, 61 ground balls, and 19 caused turnovers. That earned him honourable mention among the 2019 All-Americans.
There have been some rumblings that New York was considering taking the defender with the first overall pick in this draft. If the selections shake out the way we think they will, he’ll still be on the board when the Riptide are up again at No. 10.
New York was able to add a few solid defensive pieces in the expansion draft, grabbing John Ranagan, Dan MacRae, and Mike Manley. They’ll need to keep buidling their core through this draft. Assuming that they take Andrew Kew first overall and then Bomberry at 10, they have six picks in the next three rounds. With several other solid defenders available outside the second round, there’s a real chance to build out from the back. That begins with Bomberry.
He isn’t as flashy or quick as some other names slated to go in the first 25 picks, but he’s hard nosed and no-nonsense. He’s been compared to fellow Syracuse alum and first overall pick Sid Smith. If he can live up to that, the Riptide will be laughing about him falling to No. 10.