Spring Sports Previews 2019
Spring Sports Previews 2019

Golf

The 2019 golf team consists of three returning golfers from last season's roster and is coached by Darrell Carrington who is in his twelfth season. The team captain is Elise Namnoum, a four-year competitor who will play at the number one and two positions. The team is looking to improve upon its 5-10 record from 2018 with the help of a couple of new experienced players. The season culminates with the Pippy O'Connor Tournament which determines the New England champion. Coach Carrington says, "I look forward to fielding a competitive team in a league filled with many strong programs."

Pictured: Varsity Captain Elise Namnoum '19 of West Hartford

Lacrosse

Dee Stephan, founder and owner of the Dodgers Lacrosse and Field Hockey Club, returns to Walker's to coach the 2019 team. The 2018 season saw much success, with the team winning the Western New England Preparatory School Class C Tournament, and finishing the season with a 7-9 record.

Coach Stephan says, "I'm thrilled to be back at Walker's to continue the excellence in lacrosse and athletics that exists here. We have a strong group of senior leaders that I am excited to help grow and develop as both student athletes and leaders on the lacrosse field." Coach Stephan will be assisted by Austin Lamothe, a 2018 graduate of Trinity College (Hartford) and a four-year member of both varsity lacrosse and field hockey teams.


Softball

The 2019 softball team will be returning nine players from the 2018 roster after graduating one senior last season. Head Coach John Monagan, who is in his 11th season with the team, is joined by assistant coaches Tom Downs in his second season and Kati Eggert in her first. In addition to five seniors, the 2019 returning team includes three juniors and one sophomore.

"We are excited to return a team that was really successful last year," says Monagan. "We suffered a few walk-off losses last year, and I know our group, and especially our seniors, are eager to get back out onto the field. We have some new talent that should mesh well with our returning players. We face a competitive 13-game schedule on the road to competing for the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Class B Championship."

Tennis

Head Coach Brendan O'Dwyer is in his fourth season coaching varsity tennis where he will work with two seniors, including returning captain Daniela Ramirez '19. With only four players returning from the 2018 season, the 2019 campaign will be one built around new players and youth. Last year Walker's competed in the NEPSAC Class C tournament, falling short in the quarter finals 4-3 at Greens Farms Academy. The team finished with a 7-5 record in 2018 and hopes to improve upon this record with new incoming talent.

Coach O'Dwyer says, "With eight new players on the team, this year is going to be an exciting one. I can't wait to see how our new players mesh with and learn from our senior leaders, and I look forward to building for the future with this team."