One on One: Will Walker ‘11 - Attack - Phillips Andover Academy
Will Walker '11 of Philips Andover Academy (MA) is one of the top attackmen in the country (12th on ESPN Rise's Top 2011 attackmen and 36th overall) and one of the highest rated players in New England. Walker, a native of Scituate, MA , will be attending Harvard next year to play for Head Coach Chris Wojcik and the Crimson. Walker will join his brother Jack on the Crimson lacrosse team, who upset UMass on Tuesday night,11-9, at Harvard Stadium.
Walker was an Under Armour All-American Underclassmen as a junior in 2010 and has career stats of 68 goals and 46 assists (114 points) in 44 games played. Walker and Phillips Andover get their 2011 regular season started on Wednesday(4/6) as they travel to take on Belmont Hill. Game time is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
We caught up with the star attackman this week for a One on One interview:
When did you begin playing lacrosse?
I began playing lacrosse in 7th grade. My brother Jack, who currently plays at Harvard, had encouraged me to switch to lacrosse from baseball, and so I decided to do so.
What other sports do you enjoy?
Besides lacrosse, I also play right wing on the hockey team at Phillips Andover. I also enjoy bass fishing in the summer.
Who are some of the people you look up to most in your life?
I have always looked up to my brother Jack. I followed him to Andover, and am now following him to Harvard. He has helped me enormously throughout my career and has essentially taught me all I know about lacrosse.
Who are some of your favorite lacrosse player or teams?
I would have to say my favorite player is Ned Crotty. He really epitomizes the "quarter-back" position behind the net at attack. As for favorite teams, I would have to say Harvard, Duke, and Johns Hopkins, in that order.
How did your summer lacrosse experience help with developing your game?
For all of my summer ball, I played for Coach Justin Walker in the Top Gun Fighting Clams program. Justin has done wonders for me in my career in terms of coaching and exposure. Everyone on the Clams gets better every summer by playing with top talent in every tournament, and that has really developed my game personally.
How did you end up choosing Harvard? How did the recruiting process go for you?
The recruiting process was a bit crazy. With the early exposure and contact, I began talking with schools seriously in the fall of my junior year. Eventually, I really narrowed down my top choices to Harvard, Duke, and Brown. In December of my junior year, I made a verbal commitment to Duke University. However, in the month of August, prior to my senior year, I withdrew my commitment to Duke and made a verbal commitment to Harvard. In the long run, I really found that I wanted to stay local, close to my family, and with my brother Jack playing for Coach Chris Wojcik at Harvard. Justin Walker and the Top Gun Fighting Clams organization helped me dramatically in my recruiting process and gave me all of the exposure and guidance that I needed.
What has your experience at Phillips Andover Academy meant for you both academically and athletically?
I began going to Phillips Andover as a freshman in the fall of 2007. Andover has been a great experience both academically and athletically. Athletically, Andover provided me with the opportunity to make a strong impact on the lacrosse program as a freshman, which really helped me to develop. Academically, all of the teachers at Andover have encouraged me to work hard and seize opportunities.
What are your goals this year for your team?
My goal for our team this year is to win New England East D1, and strive to go undefeated, giving us a shot at the New England Championship. We have a very difficult schedule this year, but we have great talent and depth, and I believe that we can compete with anybody.
Who are some of the better teams that you guys face this year?
Our biggest games this year will be Brewster Academy, Deerfield Academy, and our rival Phillips Exeter. Each program has some great players and our team looks forward to the high level of competition we will see this spring.
What have your teammates and coaches meant to you over the years at Andover?
Since freshman year, I have been very positively influenced by both Coach Carr and Coach Moreland on and off the field. As for my teammates, they have been unbelievable each season. Andover has a knack for finding hard working, good kids, and that's exactly what I have noticed in our lacrosse program throughout my career.
What are your biggest strengths as a player?
I would say my biggest strengths as a player are my quickness and creativity.
What is something that you need to continue to work on to become a better player?
I need to work on my outside shooting and overall strength to become a better player.
Tell us one thing that is unique about you or that most people do not know?
I can grow a mean mustache, but that's it; no other hair grows on my face.
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