SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ — Expectations are at an all-time high for the Scotch Plains-Fanwood boys’ lacrosse team this season. One of the reason for the optimism is senior midfielder David Walker, a Rutgers commit, who absolutely dominated the competition in Wednesday’s season opener. His electric performance is why he’s this week’s Yeti MMA Athlete of the Week

On Opening Day against Cranford at Wexler Field — the Cole’s Cup game — Walker had one of the best Opening Day performances in the state, albeit without scoring a goal. The senior won a staggering 12 faceoffs and collected a game-high nine ground balls. 

Walker’s breakout game helped the Raiders go onto blowout Cranford, 13-3, to improve to 1-0 on the season. Raider goalie Riley Guma notched 14 saves and Richie Nardone and Robert Gordon each scored hat tricks in the contest. 

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Walker’s Rutgers commitment is indicative of his talent on the lacrosse field. Rutgers, the No. 1 nationally ranked lacrosse team in the country as of last week, draws many of the northeast’s most elite lacrosse players. It’s certainly not a stretch to put Walker in that classification.

With much hype surrounding them, Walker and the Raiders next hit the field Saturday at Princeton, a perennial public school power. The game starts at 9:30 a.m.

Each Yeti MMA Athlete of the Week honoree is invited to submit an essay entitled, "What It Means to Be a Student-Athlete." The winning submission will receive a $1,000 TAPintoSPF-Yeti MMA scholarship in June 2017.

The Yeti MMA Athlete of the Week is sponsored by Yeti MMA and its owner, David Martin. Located at 2507 Route 22 West in Scotch Plains (next to Bowcraft), the facility offers training in a variety of disciplines: boxing, kickboxing, Brazilian jiu jitsu, Muay Thai, wrestling, and strength training. Call (908) 858-5558 and mention the TAPintoSPF-Yeti MMA Athlete of the Week and get a 15% discount on a one-year membership. For more information, email