Imagine for a moment that you’re at the top of your high school potential. You’re a teammate on a perennial high school powerhouse that flirts with a state championship every year. You’re playing for a future MIAA Hall of Fame inductee. Your friends, both younger and older, are committing to Division 1, 2 and 3 schools from Massachusetts to California. This is debatably the best high school girls lacrosse dynasty the state of Massachusetts has ever seen, and your athletic future is in the palm of your hands.
Now imagine laying in the pitch dark, unable to move your body, with your head wedged between two rocks. No person in sight. No next breath guaranteed. Just you.
Which situation would you prefer? Well, Maddie Walter at the young age of 16 already had lived both.