Williams signs lacrosse letter of intent
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
Nick Williams grew up playing football and baseball.
The Watauga senior played football on the varsity level and baseball on the junior varsity level for the Pioneers. He played a key role on Watauga’s defense at outside linebacker, and on offense at wingback.
It was his performance on the lacrosse field that earned him a letter of intent.
Williams signed his letter to play lacrosse at Alderson-Broaddus College, a Division II located in Philippi, West Virginia. Williams is the first boys’ lacrosse player to sign with a college since head coach Chris Wallace took over the program.
“It is nothing short of a miracle what he did when he came in,” Wallace said. “It was amazing in his first year playing how he picked it up so quickly. He’s just a great athlete, so that helped in his transition to this.”
Lacrosse is still relatively new to Watauga. Williams is still relatively new to lacrosse. Last season, when Williams was a junior, was his first carrying a lacrosse stick instead of a baseball bat. He played junior varsity baseball his freshman and sophomore seasons, but was talked into playing lacrosse by friend Dominic Hamilton.
“I came out because one of my friends, Dominic Hamilton, talked me into playing,” Williams said. “I thought why not, it will keep me in condition for football.”
Williams plays the attack position. He scored 37 goals for the Pioneers, who finished 6-6 last season.
Williams also plays the “X” position, which puts him behind the opponents’ goal. Such as hockey, Williams looks to either work his way around to score a goal, or to pass the ball to somebody who will.
“I’m an attack, so I’m the goal scorer,” Williams said. “I usually play X, which is behind the goal, so I come around dodge and try to put the ball in the net. Or I’ll stay out front and try to get around my defender and shoot.”
Williams likes the physicality of lacrosse. Players wear shoulder pads and a helmet just like football, which appealed to Williams.
“It’s just as physical as football,” Williams said. “And I get to carry a stick, so that’s not bad.”
Williams and Hamilton went to some lacrosse showcases in the summer, where coaches started to notice him. Several colleges showed interest, including Pfeiffer, Belmont-Abbey, Limestone and Wheeling Jesuit, but he settled on Alderson-Broaddus.
“We were in some tournaments and one of them was up in Maryland,” Williams said. “We played up there for a week and played about seven games in two days in 100 degree heat, so that was fun. When the coaches saw me there, we have been in contact ever since. He came down and watched me play in person and decided to offer me a scholarship.”
The fact that Alderson-Broaddus had Williams’ major also played a role in his decision. Williams plays to study pre-dentistry as an undergrad.
“This just seemed to be the best package, the best fit,” Williams said. “It also has my major.”