Sunday, July 8, 2018

FHS Cameron, MacCallum, A Walsh and E Walsh named Girls Lacrosse All Stars, E Walsh Underclassman of the Year

Please note that the awards are selected by our staff. They are completely separate from the Hockomock League All-Stars. Players are listed alphabetically by position.


Gianna Cameron – Franklin – Goalie
Franklin sophomore Gianna Cameron makes it two years in a row on the first team after another strong season between the pipes for the Panthers, helping them to another Kelley-Rex division title and another perfect season in the Hock. Despite facing one of the most difficult schedules in the state, Cameron backstopped the league’s top defensive unit, which allowed nearly 30 fewer goals than any other Hock team. She finished the regular season with the top goals against average, at little more than five goals per game. Franklin coach Kristin Igoe Guarino said, “Gianna was solid in the cage again for us this spring, and ended the season with a 6.1 GAA. She is a true competitor and we are excited to have her back in net again next year!”

Grace MacCallum – Franklin – Defense
Franklin senior Grace MacCallum is once again on the first team after another excellent season leading the Panthers on defense. The Fairfield University-commit is one of the best in the league at reading the opposing attacks and her vocal leadership helped her fellow defenders stay locked in. With MacCallum at the point of the defense, the Panthers allowed 127 goals this season, which was the best in the league by nearly 30 goals. MacCallum was also selected as a Hockomock League all-star by the coaches. Franklin coach Kristin Igoe Guarino said, “Grace was the biggest leader for us both on the defensive end and off the field. We are going to miss her presence, energy, leadership and passion!”

Annie Walsh – Franklin – Midfield
Franklin junior Annie Walsh, last year’s Underclassman of the Year and two-time honorable mention for Player of the Year, was the leader of the Panthers attack this spring, spearheading the offense and being he team’s primary playmaker. Walsh led the team in the regular season with 56 goals and she added 15 assists for 71 total points, helping Franklin win a sixth straight league title and continue its unbeaten league run to more than 70 games in the process. Walsh was also a major factor off the draw and in the defensive aspects of the game. Franklin coach Kristin Igoe Guarino said, “Annie again was a huge contributor for us all over the field. I am excited for her senior year… the best is yet to come from her!”

Erin Walsh – Franklin – Attack
Franklin sophomore Erin Walsh, the 2018 Underclassman of the Year (see below) followed up her strong rookie campaign with an even better second season on varsity, becoming one of the top offensive threats in the league. The Boston College-commit tied for seventh in the league in points during the regular season, scoring 53 goals and recording 24 assists this spring (both totals good for second on the team), and had a strong playoff showing to help the Panthers get back to the Div. 1 Central/East semifinal. Franklin coach Kristin Igoe Guarino said, “Erin did a great job as an attacker/midfield for us this year. She really stepped up her feeding ability, while also being a threat as a scorer.”

Erin Walsh has been named the 2018 Girls Lacrosse Underclassman of the Year
Erin Walsh has been named the 2018 Girls Lacrosse Underclassman of the Year

"Franklin sophomore midfielder Erin Walsh has been named the 2018 Girls Lacrosse Underclassman of the Year after helping the Panthers clinch a seventh straight Kelley-Rex division title, sixth outright title in a row, and extend their league winning streak to more than 70 games. 
Walsh was tied for sixth in the league in scoring at the end of the regular season with 77 points. She was eighth in the league in both goals scored (53) and assists (24), while playing against one of the state’s most difficult schedules. The Boston College-commit also had a strong state tournament, helping the Panthers once again reach the Div. 1 Central/East semifinal. 
“Erin is one of the most talented attacking players in the league and arguably the league’s best and most creative finisher,” said Managing Editor Josh Perry. “If she gets the ball anywhere near the crease, she is going to find a way to get off a shot. It is a lot of fun watching her attack a defense and find ways to score.”

Continue reading the write up on Erin Walsh and review all the awards for the 2018 Girls Lacrosse

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