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Big Shots: Christian Walsh, Boys' Latin (Md.) 

by Jeff Seidel | Special to Lacrosse Magazine Online
Boys' Latin (Md.) senior attackman Christian Walsh already has three games under his belt with nine or more points this season. He'll play a prep year at Deerfield Academy upon graduation, with hopes of landing at Notre Dame or Duke.

WHO HE IS: Christian Walsh is a senior attackman at Boys’ Latin in Baltimore, long a tough team in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference. He’s going to the Deerfield Academy prep school next year and hopes to play lacrosse in college, with Notre Dame or Duke being his top choices. This is his second year on varsity under long-time coach Bob Shriver. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound senior led the Lakers in scoring last year and is among the leaders this season.

WHAT HE DID: Walsh had a game many people remember when he scored nine goals in a 16-15 overtime victory at St. Paul’s last week. Down 15-13 in the final two minutes, Walsh got both goals to force the overtime. That’s when Wells Stanwick got the game-winner. But Walsh then added a second nine-point performance in a 17-9 rout of Archbishop Spalding – getting five goals and four assists in that one. He also scored 10 points in a 27-17 victory over Friends earlier this spring. The school record for points in a game is 11 – will that mark fall this year?

WHY WE NOTICED: Nine goals is more than many teams score in a game, and it’s even more impressive considering the tough competition Boys’ Latin faces on a regular basis. Five goals was Walsh’s career high before this outburst. The Lakers have a very good offense this season, featuring players like Patrick Foster, Jack Rice, Stanwick and R.G. Keenan (faceoffs). Walsh gets a lot of good fast-break chances in the Boys’ Latin offense, and he’s able to convert.

WHAT HE SAID: "I knew I had scored more than five, but nine, jeez, that’s a lot. And I hit two pipes. I guess it was just my day. Everything just seemed to go right. I had no idea that I had scored nine until a reporter said something to me after the game. Everyone was saying, 'You scored nine goals?' I guess it still hasn’t really sunk in. I guess I was more focused on the fact that we won because if we had lost, it wouldn’t have meant much at all."

WHAT'S NEXT: Boys’ Latin visits St. Mary’s Friday night for a tough road game at 7 p.m.

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