Lacrosse phenom Tanner Thomson has earned his ticket to ride.
The 16-year-old Etobicoke athlete has committed to attend Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, on a full lacrosse scholarship.
Recently awarded the 2012 OLA Minor Field Lacrosse “Offensive Player of the Year” Award, Thomson is considered one of the most creative players at the high school level in Ontario, said his St. Michael’s College School Varsity Blue Gaels’ coach Alex Frescura.
Recruited to a few schools, Thomson chose Marquette. He has yet to choose his course of study.
In August, Thomson helped Team Ontario to the national lacrosse midget title, including a 9-5 win over British Columbia in the championship game.
Thomson contributed five goals and seven assists throughout the eight-game championship tourney.
It marked his second taste of national gold as he was also on the Ontario bantam team back in 2010 that also won a national title.
Thomson is the oldest of four brothers who all play competitive lacrosse with the Mimico Mountaineers program.
His Mom, Amanda, said Tanner began playing lacrosse by age 4.
“His Dad (Tim) is an exceptionally talented athlete,” Amanda Thomson said. “All the boys are very talented. Tanner has had some great coaches and teammates that he looks up to. Mimico (Mountaineers) has been a huge resource for him. The Edge travelling Ontario team has given him opportunities to play in the States.”
Thomson’s mother lauded his coaches: Mimico Mountaineers’ coach John Grimes, son of Councillor Mark Grimes, The Edge coach Marc Burton, and the Gaels’ Frescura.
Thomson will join the Marquette Golden Eagles lacrosse program in 2014. The team competes in the renowned Big East Conference.
Until then, Frescura said the Gaels will look to “attackman” Thomson to help them again reach the podium at the 2013 OFSAA Championships.