Walton, who joined the Yale staff in 2000, has been an inspiration to the Bulldogs. After her sophomore year at Yale, she was involved in an automobile accident which put her career on hold. She overcame a coma and physical injuries with hard work and dedication. As a sophomore, Walton led the team in goals (17) and scoring (35), received NFHCA Mid-East Region First Team All-America and first team All-Ivy honors. As a freshman, Walton was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year, as well as NFHCA Mid-East Region First Team All-America and second team All-Ivy. She tied the school record in scoring with 39 points. Walton was also a standout lacrosse player, receiving first team All-Ivy honors in 2000 and being named Ivy League Rookie of the Year. In January 2003, Walton received the NCAA Inspiration Award, which honors individuals who overcome life-altering situations. She delivered a powerful speech about the new challenges in her life to an audience of more than 2,000. She also is the recipient of the ECAC Valor Award and won Yale's inaugural Amanda Walton Award.