Lindsey Walker, a 2011 graduate of Suffern and member of the girls lacrosse team, was injured in the second explosion at the Boston Marathon on Monday.
Walker is currently a sophomore at Tufts and a member of the women’s lacrosse team. She was in attendance, along with some of her teammates, to cheer on friends in the race.
Walker was named an all-American as a senior, notching 41 goals and 13 assists for the Mounties.
This season Walker leads the team in assists (eight) and is third in goals (11) and points (19).
It was Walker’s father, Greg, who played a vital role in saving a referee George Beisheim’s life two weeks ago after he collapsed at a Suffern youth lacrosse tournament.
Fortunately, Lindsey was released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.
Below is the story by my colleague Ned P. Rauch.
The father of a Tufts University student from Suffern said Tuesday that his daughter is anxious to get back to her normal routines after suffering injuries in the second blast at the Boston Marathon.
Lindsey Walker, 19, a sophomore lacrosse player at Tufts, suffered significant cuts to her legs and back and experienced some hearing damage after the explosion Monday. Her father, Greg Walker, said she has been released from a hospital and is expected to recover fully.
“After practice Monday, a bunch of girls went to watch some of their classmates from Tufts who were running,” Walker said. “They were down there where the second explosion occurred. When it happened, there was panic. Everyone went in different directions.”
Walker, who was careful with his words to spare his 6-year-old child the pain of understanding what happened, said a Tufts medical student quickly assessed his daughter’s injuries.
“(She) brought her (Lindsey) back to an apartment and helped clean her up a little bit. Lindsey was covered in her own blood as well as blood from other people,” Walker said.
Doctors X-rayed Lindsey and found no shrapnel. A pair of blue jeans and a thick sweatshirt appear to have prevented her from suffering more serious injuries, Walker said.
The Tufts and local Suffern communities have provided a lot of support since the tragedy, he said. Tufts lacrosse postponed Tuesday’s game to allow Lindsey and another teammate also injured in the blast to attend. The Ramapo school district also plans to send Lindsey a package, Walker said.
Walker said his daughter, a chemical engineering major, wants to return to class.
“She’s interested in getting back into the normal routine and moving forward,” Walker said.
Meanwhile, confusion, sadness, compassion and perseverance were among the feelings other runners and spectators said were swirling through their minds a day after the explosions.
One runner, Steven Joseph, 51, said the violence reminded him of the marathon he ran in Israel in 2011, when a bomb blast killed a woman before the race started.
“It’s just beyond senseless,” said Joseph, who recently moved to New York City after spending 10 years in Nyack.
Another, Vernessa Poole, 41, of White Plains, said the explosions conjured memories of the terrorist attacks in New York City, where she works as a lawyer, more than a decade ago.
“I’m really sad. It feels like 9/11 all over again,” she said. “Just that people are coldhearted enough to do this.”
She said she could not help but notice a heavy police presence in the city’s train and subway stations as she returned to work on Tuesday.
Luke Maher, another student at Tufts and a former track star at Carmel High School, joined his girlfriend for the last 2 miles of the race.
“It’s just such an odd feeling to be in a huge, huge group of people and still feel so helpless and so scared,” he said.
Tim Sabo, a 29-year-old Suffern native who moved to Boston a month ago, said he is still trying to “decompress.”
“We were trying to figure out what our next move was going to be, trying to understand what was going on,” Sabo said. “I’m still trying to comprehend, still trying to understand.”
Vickie Cox of Rye finished the race just a few minutes before the first explosion.
“They told me to run and I thought, ‘Oh my God, I can’t run, but I better,’ ” she said.
She mustered the energy to find safety, then endured a sleepless night before driving back to Westchester. She took the day off on Tuesday to rest and collect her thoughts.
“I get a bit emotional,” she said. “First, for my own close call, and, secondly, for those innocent people.”
Cox, Poole and Joseph have all run multiple marathons and said Monday’s shocking violence would not keep them from racing again. They all said they would like to return to Boston to run through its streets, to celebrate with its residents, to show that fear has not won.
“Nothing would make me happier than to go back and do it again,” Poole said.
Joseph has run in 32 marathons. Monday marked the fifth time he had completed the Boston race.
“The thing that goes on in my mind over and over again about Boston is that everyone comes out,” he said. “There’s tons and tons of people all over the course. All these little kids, their hands open for high fives, or giving you an orange slice or a cup of water. In thinking about that 8-year-old boy, I know I passed him, 50 minutes before his life ended.”
Joseph is registered for the New York Marathon in November. He said that boy, Martin Richard, would be on his mind the next time he sees a kid standing at the edge of the course, waving for a high five.
“I’ll make an extra effort to slap that kid’s hand,” he said.