The Landmark Conference is full of talented student-athletes and the "Friday Focus" is just one way fans can get to know them. This week the conference introduces Ellen Walker, Scranton women's soccer player.
Walker is a senior midfielder for the Royals. She has played in 56 games with 41 starts over the last three and a half seasons. Walker has four goals including one so far this season when she scored from 30 yards out on a direct free kick against Marywood. During her career, the Royals have won two Landmark Championships and racked up a 15-0-4 record in conference play.
Senior, Women's Soccer
Why did you choose to attend Scranton?
I visited many different schools during my search for a college that would fit me both academically and athletically. As soon as I stepped on Scranton's campus and had an overnight stay, I knew it was where I had to be. The students I met welcomed me immediately and I was drawn to the family-like environment. The small classroom sizes were a perfect fit for me academically.
What does it mean to you to be a NCAA Division III student-athlete?
I had the opportunity to visit Division I and Division II athletic programs and quickly realized I would only be a number. Division III athletics is the perfect combination for academics and athletics. A Division III athlete allows you to be part of a family.
Who has been the most influential person during your athletic career? Why?
My dad has been the most influential person in my athletic career since I can remember. He's my biggest fan and comes to almost every game. From driving me to tournaments all over the country to supporting me in my college career. Without him and the opportunities he has provided me with I wouldn't be the athlete or person I am today.
What do you like most about competing in the Landmark?
What I like most about competing in the Landmark is that every team we play becomes an instant rivalry.
What is something most people do not know about you?
Most people don't know I was a competitive equestrian before I started traveling more for soccer. The horse life is something I plan on getting back into once I graduate college.
Who was your favorite athlete as a child and why?
When I was younger I idolized Mia Hamm and the Women's US national team. I would watch them on tv and aspire to be them when I was older.
What do you want to accomplish this season?
I want to be a leader and role model for my team and hopefully win the Landmark conference and get to the NCAA tournament. It'd be awesome to complete my last season as a competitive athlete going deep into the tournament.
Favorite food: ice cream
Favorite TV show: Game of Thrones
Favorite book: Looking for Alaska
Favorite movie: Saving Private Ryan
Favorite class you've taken: Logical and Rhetorical Analysis
Favorite place to visit: the beach
Favorite sport (besides soccer): snowboarding
Favorite holiday: Christmas
Can't live without: my family