Culver Military Academy Prep lacrosse player Ethan Walker ’16 has been named the All-USA Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year by USA Today High School Sports and American Family Insurance. Playing at the attack position, Walker scored 108 goals and 53 assists during his senior season against one of the strongest schedules in the nation. Culver finished sixth in the national Super 25 rankings.
In addition to Walker’s honors, CMA defenseman Liam Duff ’17 (Lake Bluff, Ill.) was named to the All-USA First Team, giving Culver two players on the elite national unit. CMA was one of just three teams to have two players make the top 15-man roster. The others were Boys Latin and Georgetown College.
In the article naming Walker (Peterborough, Ontario) the Player of the Year, Casey Vock of 3dRising.com said:
“The Denver commit has a lightning-quick release, is elusive off the ball, able to find spots to quickly receive and shoot the ball with incredible velocity and accuracy. This season he also showed tenacity and a flair for the acrobatic, using his fearless attitude to get to the cage in a variety of ways and using his skilled hands to bury the ball in tight space.”
Head coach Jon Posner told Vock that Walker “was consistently guarded by the other team’s best defender but always managed to find a way to get it done. He might be one of the best at getting guys on his back and going underneath.”
In three seasons at CMA, Walker scored 325 goals. During his senior campaign, he helped the Eagles score nearly 14 goals per game, making CMA one of the most high-powered offenses in the nation. He also helped lead the Eagles to the Inter-Ac Challenge championship title, scoring two times in the final against Haverford.
A University of Delaware commit, Duff helped keep opponents under 5.5 goals per game this season. His defensive abilities were recognized when he was named the Most Valuable Player at the Inter-Ac Challenge tournament.