Walker Voted as 2012 Navy Water Polo Team Captain
Aug. 8, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Navy water polo head coach Mike Schofield has announced that senior Jesse Walker will serve as the 2012 team captain in voting done by members of the squad. Walker and his teammates will report for the first practice of the season on August 15.
"I think we are in good hands, with not only Jesse who is very deserving, but the entire senior class. The group is excited about being in charge and they have a really good outlook on how to handle this season," said Navy head coach Mike Schofield. "Jesse is very steady and a very hard worker who never complains and sets a great example with his work ethic. He is one of our three returning starters and we are going to need him front and center this year. He has a very workmanlike approach and never gets flustered or seems to be out of control. He is willing to do whatever is asked without complaining and that is what we need and want out of that role. He has turned into a pretty good player as well and we are hoping for a big year from him."
Walker had his best season a year ago as a junior when he appeared in 28 games, scoring 19 points on 13 goals and six assists. He added 20 steals, which ranked seventh of the squad. He netted one of Navy's biggest goals of the year in a 12-10 win over Brown in the CWPA Eastern semifinals. The tally gave Navy an 11-9 lead with just over five minutes to play to help the Midshipmen advance to the CWPA Eastern Finals for a league-record-tying seventh straight year.
For his career, Walker has played in 46 games, scoring 30 points (21 g, 9 a) with 29 steals.
The Midshipmen went 24-7 overall last year and reached the finals of the CWPA Eastern Tournament for the seventh straight season. Schofield returns three starters and 14 letterwinners, but must find a way to replace five of its top six scorers from last year's team. The Midshipmen will open their season with the Navy Open on Sept. 1-2 in Annapolis.
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