The youngest of four lacrosse-playing brothers, Finlay Thomson ’21 is awaiting his turn to play the sport at a higher level following his commitment to the University of Michigan for 2022.
“Being the last of four brothers ends the long tradition of having a Thomson brother in the St. Mike’s halls,” says Thomson, a newly graduated alumnus of St. Michael’s College School (SMCS). “Growing up the youngest, I always knew I wanted to follow in the footsteps of my brothers, but I never would’ve thought it would go by this fast.”
Thomson and his three older brothers, Tanner ’14, Keaton ’16, and Hudson ’19, each attended SMCS and were members of the school’s lacrosse programme.
“The fourth Thomson brother to suit up for the Gaels, Finlay is one of the most gifted student-athletes to graduate from our programme,” says Angus Dineley ’03, English Department Head and coach of the Blue Gaels Lacrosse Team. “The first SMCS lacrosse player to wear the Michigan ‘M’, Finlay has been great at every level of the sport since he picked up a stick. He’s got tremendous vision, hands, and finish, and, perhaps best of all, he thinks the game better than most. He’ll be an impact player for the Wolverines.”
Thomson’s brothers all went on to attend Marquette University following their time at SMCS.
“As a student-athlete, I chose the University of Michigan not only for its renowned athletic history and athletics department, but also for the university’s academic reputation,” he says. “Further, Michigan is very close to my home which enables my family and friends to watch my games and also hang out to watch a football game in ‘The Big House’ [Michigan Stadium].”
“With respect to my academics, I am very interested and leaning towards completing my undergraduate studies in business at the highly accredited Ross School of Business,” Thomson adds. “I have always enjoyed working with numbers, logic-based problem solving, and I have also been greatly inspired by my father’s work as a bond broker for over 30 years.”
Looking ahead to his future at the University of Michigan, Thomson says, “Michigan will allow me to grow as an athlete, not only physically but as a student of the game, learning and adapting to Coach Conry’s strategy. I look forward to being in the weight room and learning about proper nutrition for student-athletes and I’m especially excited to use the new facility to improve my game.”
Outside of SMCS, Thomson played for the Mimico Lacrosse Club and EDGE Lacrosse.
“I have been playing on the Mimico floor since the age of one,” he says. “It has shaped my love for the game of lacrosse, opened many doors for me, and created a whole new brotherhood that I didn’t think was possible coming from a family of all boys.”
With Mimico, Thomson was part of four provincial championship victories. He also had the opportunity of being captain for Team Ontario where he led the team to three national box lacrosse championship titles and one national field title.
Thomson credits his parents for their support in helping him get to where he is today.
“Growing up I have been fortunate to have a strong passion for lacrosse in my family and very supportive parents who have provided me with so many opportunities,” he says. “My mom has always been my biggest fan and motivator and my dad coached many of my teams.”
Outside of lacrosse, Thomson played competitive hockey at the AA level. He also plays basketball, golf, and took part in various intramurals and activities at SMCS, including outplaying his friends in chess during his lunch periods.
“I will always remember St. Mike’s as the place where I made great memories with friends, made long-lasting friendships with coaches and staff, but most of all I was taught that Double Blue really is a brotherhood.”