In background, GW's Walker backs teammates

Mt. St. Joe alumnus in soccer setup role

Alumni report

October 11, 2007|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN REPORTER

George Washington defensive midfielder Joachim Walker (Mount St. Joseph) has had a steady soccer career for the Colonials that began with a trip to the NCAA tournament his freshman year.

Walker, a senior, played in an NCAA game against North Carolina then. Three years later, he is poised for a final Atlantic 10 run at a possible second NCAA tournament berth.

Nothing much has changed about Walker's style of play. He seems willing to remain in the background, taking an occasional shot and concentrating on setting up his teammates for assists or shots.

Sure, he's much smarter these days, becoming a starter after having that role on a limited basis his first three seasons. Walker, 5 feet 11, 158 pounds, has two assists this season, both coming in victories over area opponents, Loyola and Howard, for the 5-4 Colonials, who will open league play this weekend.

Walker scored his only career goal as a sophomore against George Mason, and he has four assists in his career entering the second half of his senior year. Walker's unselfish play has been a primary reason George Washington has turned its fortunes around this season after a 5-9-3 record last year.

As a sophomore at Mount St .Joseph, Walker was the team's leading scorer and co-captain in a season that the Gaels captured the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title.

Masek's many games

Freshman midfielder Sarah Masek (Severn) has played in eight games this season for the Richmond field hockey team, which has extended its Atlantic 10 winning streak to 43 consecutive games with a 2-0 start in the league.

Masek has yet to score a goal or have an assist for the five-time defending conference champs, who beat preseason favorite Temple, 2-1, last Friday. Richmond is 3-9 overall.

Wenderoth sparkles

Senior outside hitter Lindsey Wenderoth (Owings Mills) is one of the top volleyball players for the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, which competes in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.

Wenderoth has started 17 straight matches, is second on the team in aces with 21, third in kills per game with 2.11, averages 4.03 digs and has 15 blocks.

The team is 3-4 in the league and 8-10 overall.

Winning goal

Washington and Lee soccer defender John Lindsay (Loyola) has one goal this season, and it was a game-winner, accounting for one of seven wins for the Generals, who are off to a 7-1-2 overall start and 4-0-1 record in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.

Lindsay, a junior, has started all nine games in which he has played.

Another Baltimore-area player, freshman goalkeeper Ben Bartlett (McDonogh), is a backup goalie on the team and has played in two games.

Vollono awaits turn

Second-year freshman Connecticut quarterback Matt Vollono (Annapolis) has yet to play this season for the Huskies (5-0).

Contact Bill Free by e-mail at bfree7066@hotmail.com or by phone at 410-833-5349.

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