With the U22 team traversing four age groups, there is a greater opportunity to draw from a larger pool of players. When opponents look at the U22 Thunderhawks roster, they might think “That’s a big family!” Or “I feel sorry for the parents!,” but really, the four Wilsons on the team are not related.
Three of the Thunderhawk Wilsons are defenders, and one is an offensive player, all having their own unique personalities.
The two younger Wilsons, Aaron and Kris, are both originally from Niagara Falls, but have played for the Thunderhawks their whole careers. Aaron is a defensive player who uses his size to control his opponents and limit their opportunities in the defensive zone. Kris, also a large body, has the offensive skills to not only put the ball in the net, but set heavy picks for his teammates, allowing them the space to tally some points for the team.
Nathan Wilson, a 6’2’’ inch body, has unfortunately been sidelined for the first part of the season from a badly sprained ankle. This however, hasn’t stopped him from limited participation in team practices, learning team concepts and remaining a welcome addition to the defensive core.
Finally, Brett Wilson, smaller than his teammates, provides speed and aggression that can’t be matched. Brett is often the player providing that big hit which makes observers squeamish, opponents wince and teammates cheer. He is in his last season of eligibility, and is hoping this season will get him a second provincial championship on his lacrosse resume.
The weekend of June 3 saw the Wilsons compete in the John McCauley tournament in Brampton. The Thunderhawks went undefeated during the round robin games and met a strong opponent, Cambridge Highlanders, in the finals. Although the Cambridge team was physically larger, the tenacious play by the Thunderhawks offence and smothering play by the defence limited the Highlanders to only one goal, while tallying 11 for the gold.
All the Wilsons can be seen June 28 at 8 p.m. in the Meridian Credit Union Arena in Virgil when they take on a league opponent, the Hamilton Bengals. Go Thunderhawks!