The women's lacrosse head coach sat down to discuss the Eagles' 9-0 run and what lies ahead
Head coach Acacia Walker discusses what the Eagles need to do to keep their hot start going
The Eagles take on the Orange in the Carrier Dome on Saturday, Feb. 28
The BC women's lacrosse head coach discusses the teams' season opening win vs. JHU
The Eagles take on the Blue Jays in Baltimore, Md. on Saturday, Feb. 14
Acacia Walker enters her third season in 2014-15 as the head coach of the Boston College women's lacrosse team. She took over the position on May 23, 2012.
As either a player or coach, Walker has participated in 12 of the last 13 NCAA Tournaments and was a part of Northwestern's three consecutive NCAA titles from 2006-08 as an assistant coach.
In her first year as a head coach in 2013, she led the Eagles to their second-ever NCAA Tournament appearance and coached BC to school records for ACC wins in a season (3) and consecutive games won within a season (8). The winning streak began with victories over then-No. 9 Virginia and then No. 6-Duke with the win over Duke marking the first time BC had defeated the Blue Devils.
She guided the Eagles in matching a program record for wins in a season (12) while playing the seventh-most difficult schedule in the country based on the RPIs of a team's top-10 opponents faced. Also in 2013, she tutored All-ACC performers Covie Stanwick and Mikaela Rix and helped attract over 2,000 fans to the Newton Field in a single season for the first time in program history.
Walker spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons as associate head coach for Boston College. In that role, Walker served as the Eagles' offensive coordinator and played a key role in recruiting, as well as in many other facets of the daily operations of the BC program. In 2012 the Eagles finished the season at 10-8 and 1-4 in the ACC. In 2011, Walker's first season with the team, BC went 12-7 (1-4 ACC) and reached the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history.
In 2012, Walker helped guide BC's first-ever ACC Freshman of the Year winner, Stanwick, as well as All-American Kristin Igoe. Stanwick, Igoe, and Rix each garnered All-ACC accolades marking the first time that three BC players earned such honors in the same season. The Eagles also set a program-record with 263 draw controls on the year while scoring 230 goals as a team - the third-highest total in school history.
During the 2011 season, BC set a single-season program records goals scored (232). The Eagles defeated two ranked opponents - No. 7 Virginia and No. 20 Hofstra - on the season while Igoe and Brittany Wilton both garnered All-American honors.
A former player herself, Walker continued to play at the elite level after her collegiate playing days competing on the U.S. Women's Senior National Lacrosse Team from 2002-12. She won a gold medal with the team at the 2009 World Cup in Prague, Czech Republic and was also a member of the 2010-11 U.S. National Team that was undefeated on American soil.
Prior to working with the Eagles, Walker was the associate head coach at the University of Massachusetts. During her tenure, Walker acted as the offensive coordinator, handled recruiting responsibilities and helped lead the team to two consecutive Atlantic-10 Conference championships. She also handled travel, budget management, video breakdown, and camps.
From 2005-08, she was an assistant coach at Northwestern, where the Wildcats won three consecutive NCAA National Championships and three consecutive American Lacrosse Conference titles.
Walker graduated from the University of Maryland in 2005 with a degree in American Studies. She played for the Terrapins and captained the team in her senior year. She was an IWLCA All American as well as an All-ACC selection. In 2005 she won the University of Maryland M Club `James H. Kehoe' Award, and in 2004 and 2005 was a Tewaaraton Candidate, the award given to the male and female Collegiate National Player of the Year.
At age 15, Walker was the youngest member of the World Championship Under-19 Team that won gold in Perth, Australia in 1999.
Walker hails from Annapolis, Md. and currently resides in Boston, Mass.
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