Athlete of the Issue: Erin Walsh

Caroline Cook

A force to be reckoned with in the midfield, the worst nightmare of all her defenders, Erin Walsh ‘10 has led the women’s lacrosse team to victory for four consecutive years. As a starting midfielder and co-captain for the Lady Mats, Walsh has one main goal in mind for this season.

“I would love to have the Miramonte girls win the DFAL Championship. We won it in 2006, 2007, and 2008, and we can do it again if we put our minds to it and work as a team,” said Walsh.

Walsh’s lacrosse career began with the Lamorinda Lightning in 2003, the first year of the girls’ program. Walsh’s oldest brother, Edward, started playing lacrosse in 2002, Miramonte’s inaugural year when it became a CIF sport and inspired her as well as her other two brothers to take up the sport.

“My three brothers are my best friends. We have our differences but that’s what makes our relationship very special. They have definitely toughened me up,” said Walsh. Given that lacrosse is known as the fastest sport on two feet, with the help of her brothers, Walsh developed a love of the game early on.

Walsh gets ready to pass the ball to a teammate during a recent practice.

In addition to playing four years on varsity at Miramonte, Walsh has played for Triple Threat Lacrosse, Blue Dog Lax, and BearLax in the offseason.  Walsh’s plethora of lacrosse accolades began in 2008 when she was awarded DFAL All-League First Team honors as midfielder. Her exemplary skills in the midfield helped to name her Miramonte’s Most Valuable Player as a sophomore. At the end of her 2008 season, Walsh took her game to a national level, earning herself a spot in the US Lacrosse Pacific Region Women’s Division National Tournament (WDNT).

In her 2009 season, Walsh was named Miramonte’s MVP again and became a US Lacrosse High School All-American for defense. In addition, she received DFAL All-League First Team honors for midfield, and recognition by the All-East Bay League 2nd team for her outstanding play at defense and midfield. At the end of the season, Walsh and Miramonte teammate, Alex Seclow ‘11, played in the US Lacrosse Pacific Region WDNT, and ended up as the Cayuga Division Champions. According to Walsh, this was the first team from California to sweep a division in a national tournament.

Apart from her achievements on the field, Walsh is a powerful leader for her teammates and stays true to herself as a way to approach challenges.

“When the going gets tough, I’ve found that taking the time to re-evaluate and make an honest self-assessment of who I am helps me re-focus and get grounded again,” says Walsh.  “Junior year was tough academically and we had a tough lax season last year. Senior year is challenging in different ways, but at least the pressure is off for colleges. Life’s an adventure and I intend to embrace every moment.”

Walsh will take the field with her fellow Midshipmen on the Division I level at the US Naval Academy next year. “Cindy Timchall is the head coach, a superb athlete, and a wonderful person. She has the best win-loss record in collegiate lacrosse, both men’s and women’s. I can’t wait,” says Walsh. In terms of recruitment, Walsh advises aspiring collegiate athletes to start early, and give due diligence, persistence, and determination.

Besides playing lacrosse, Walsh spends her spare time playing the clarinet and watching English Premiere Soccer League games with her family. “I’m a die-hard Manchester United Football Club fan. Go Man U!” Walsh exclaims. In addition, Walsh hopes to play in the Drum and Bugle Corps. at The Naval Academy.

Fun Facts About Erin Walsh

Height- 5’5”
Shoe- Cleats: Adidas Turf: Nike
Theme Song- “Bat out of Hell,” Meat Loaf
Guilty Pleasure- Häagen-Dazs Dulce de Leche
Favorite Food- Marinated Deep Fried Bangus (fish)
Athlete- Ryan Giggs, Manchester United FC
Favorite Color- Blue, Go Navy!
Stick of Choice- STX ATK
Favorite Movie- “Grease,” I know all the songs and I love to sing along!
Fun Fact- I lost my first tooth in Dublin, Ireland