Under the Helmet: Riley Walsh

On the heels of the season opening scrimmage against Portland State University, the Pilots have shifted their focus to pushing hard over the next two weeks in preparation for their match-up against an unfamiliar opponent in former MCLA Division II national champion, the University of Montana Grizzlies.
In this edition of Under the Helmet we look closer at one of the vocal, on-the-field leaders of the current Pilots squad.  Over the past two seasons Riley has developed into one of the corner stones to the Pilots’ success.  Riley has a knack for both finding the back of the net as well as dropping dime passes on a regular basis, making him an absolute nightmare for opposing defenses.  The Pilots will look to Riley to be the quarterback of the offense this season, orchestrating on the field positioning and helping the team get the most out of each offensive possession.
Hailing from the Bay Area, he might be sad the 49ers got bumped a little earlier than he would have liked, but Riley has his eyes set on a championship of an even greater magnitude:  the illusive PNCLL championship.  Riley would be an excellent addition to any team, we’re just glad he plays for the Pilots.  Lets find out what #4 does off the field?  Lets
Full Name: Riley Walsh
Date of Birth: May 26th, 1993
Hometown: San Leandro, CA
Year: Junior
Major: Civil Engineering (Environmental Track)
Position: Attack
Jersey Number: 4

Q: What is your favorite Food?
A:I guess I’m the same as every 20 year old male…. Pizza.


Riley exhibiting immaculate form on his way to another goal against a poor little Logger

Q:  Who is your go-to musical artist?
A: Recently I have been listening to the Dirty Heads but my favorite band for sure is Sublime.

Q:  Favorite movie? Why?
A: I don’t know if I can pick just one but one of my top movies would probably be Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is one of my favorites because who wouldn’t want to be like Ferris? He is the guy that does it all, he skips school and ends up rocking out on a parade float, between driving a beautiful Ferrari.

Q:  What is your favorite eatery around the University of Portland?  What do you usually order?
A: I think my favorite place to eat near school would be ChaChaCha. Its a good mexican food place, where I typically get a chicken burrito mojado style(covered in sauce).

Q: When did you start playing lacrosse?  What was your initial motivation?
A: I started playing lacrosse in 7th grade because my mom’s friend that played at Notre Dame suggested I try it out after I stopped playing baseball.

Q: What has been one of your greatest accomplishments as an athlete? 
A: Hitting the game winner against Western Washington last year in overtime in what I would consider our biggest win of the year.

Q: Describe an embarrassing athletic moment.
A: In the fall when we scrimmaged against PSU Rosie passed me the ball on the clear and I was running in the open field and thinking way too much and tripped over my own feet and face planted in the middle of the field. My defender picked up the ball and ran down the field and by the time I got up Coach Jake was laughing so hard I thought he was going to fall over.

Q: When are you the most nervous while you are competing? 
A: The first time I get the ball thrown to me I get nervous but usually one run against my defender and I feel much better.

Q: Which game are most looking forward to this season? Why?
A: I’m very excited to play against UNR this year because I will be playing against one of my best high school friends who is their goalie.

Q: How would you give away $50,000?
A: I would like to donate it to The South Africa Lacrosse Project. They bring lacrosse to Africa and teach kids that are poverty stricken how to play lacrosse. I believe this is great because I grew up playing sports and they provided me with great lessons. I think it’s important that all kids should participate in sports to learn those lessons, no matter what country or financial standing.

Q: If you could have super power, what would it be?
A: I would like to be able to transport like Night Crawler from the X-Men. It would be very useful on the lacrosse field because I could just transport in front of the goal and have a one-on-one with the goalie all day.

Q:  What would be your dream job, and why?
A: My dream job would be to have my own Sustainable Design engineering firm. My dream would be to design LEED certified building’s similar to Shiley Hall on the University of Portland campus.

Come out and support your Portland Pilots in their home opener against the University of Montana Grizzlies at 1pm on Saturday February 15th.