The Ethel Walker School Soccer program competes in the Women's Western New England Preparatory School Soccer Association, WWNEPSSA, a division of The New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC). Walkers is a class "C" division competitor, and also competes in the prestigious Founders League. League competitors include Taft, Miss Porter's, Kingswood-Oxford and Kent.
Walker's soccer had a very successful 2014, ending the season 10-8-1, and was ranked #6 in the WWNEPPSA final season rankings for class C teams. 2014 All Founder's League and WWNEPSSA All Star honors were bestowed upon Jianna Footman '15 and Veronica Garcia '18. Walker's soccer has a long soccer tradition, winning the CISAC in 2007 and 2008, and qualifiying for the New England Tournament in 2009 as the #1 seed. In addition, Veronica Garcia '18 was named to the prestigious "Boston Globe All Star Team" in 2013, as an eighth grader. Walker's 2014 MVP Award went to Jianna Footman '15, Most Improved Player went to Aurora Naughton '16, and Coaches Award went to Alexandra Borreil '15.
Past players have gone on to play at Division I, Division II and Division III collegiate programs. Recent players to move on to the college ranks include Carrie Mackie '13 (Ithaca College), and Ryan Rosenstock '11 (Brandeis College). Walker's team members participate in Premier leagues and play for local clubs such as Dutch Football Academy and FSA, among others.
The Junior Varsity team is an integral part of the program. Players have regular opportunity to enjoy healthy competition, improve their soccer skills, and move up to Varsity. Walker's soccer program continues to build momentum, and is attracting gifted student athletes with a strong desire to learn and excel. Please contact Head Coach Todd D'Alessandro directly for information on the Walker's soccer program.
Head Varsity Coach Todd D'Alessandro was an All New England and Parade All American honorable mention player at Farmington High School, All Big East selection at UConn, was drafted by the Boston Bolts of The ASL, and played semi-professionally for The Lowell Red Devils of the LASA League. In addition, Coach D'Alessandro co-founded Premier soccer club The Dutch Football Academy (based here at Walker's), and is their girls' technical director. Coach D'Alessandro is also a Connecticut Olympic Development Program staff coach for the U-16 girls team. Coach D'Alessandro believes in "total football", a style of play that emphasizes the entire team press forward on attack and defense. Coach D'Alessandro says, "It's a difficult brand of soccer because you have to be very fit. We focus on having the ball skills to play attractive soccer, and keep high pressure up for the entire game."
Coach D'Alessandro also played youth lacrosse in the Farmington Valley Youth Lacrosse League. He returns for his second year with the JV lacrosse program.
jinfurna [at] ethelwalker [dot] org
Coach Julie Infurna joined Ethel Walker for the 2011 season after coaching several years on the East End of Long Island. 2012 was her first year coaching the Varsity Lacrosse team and she looks forward to taking the helm of Walker's lacrosse program alongside the rest of the lacrosse coaching faculty.
As a student athlete, Coach Infurna participated in three sports during her high school career excelling in soccer, basketball and lacrosse. She lettered all 4 years in lacrosse where she also co-captained the team her senior year. During this time she earned all state/prep honors, as well as, honorable mention all American credits. At the collegiate level, Infurna focused her energies primarily on lacrosse where she lettered as a freshman at Williams College. She transferred to Cornell University, pursuing a desire to play at the Division I level. While at Cornell, Coach Infurna played all three years at the Varsity level, earning honorable mention all ivy honors as well as the honor of being elected co-captain again by her teammates.
Infurna regularly attends the US Lacrosse Association Convention and holds a Level I coaching certification.
How do you balance academics, athletics, and your leadership roles?
I need academics, athletics and leadership responsibilities to keep me balanced; this variety of activities energizes me and keeps me focused. (I don't balance them, they balance me.)
- Ella, '15