Field Hockey Player of the Year: Alyssa Parker, Glenelg, midfielder, senior

Field Hockey Player of the Year: Alyssa Parker, Glenelg, midfielder, senior (Amy Davis, Baltimore Sun / December 1, 2011)

Alyssa Parker

Glenelg, midfielder, senior

Parker repeats as The Baltimore Sun's Player of the Year after another outstanding season.


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Bound for national champion Maryland on a full scholarship, Parker was simply an irrepressible force for the two-time Class 2A state champion Gladiators. This season she mesmerized fans and opposing players with her moves and befuddled defenses as she scored 37 goals and handed out 36 assists.

"Alyssa Parker should be Player of the Year. Enough said," said Towson coach Holly West, one of many to nominate her.

Parker finished her four-year career with 114 goals and 108 assists, making her only the second player in National Federation history to reach 100 goals and 100 assists.

A member of the U19 High Performance Team, Parker said she has never played for a stat.

"If it happens, it happens," Parker said of the milestone during the season.

And she accumulated those numbers despite sitting when games got lopsided.

"She's a natural," Glenelg coach Ginger Kincaid said. "She's Alyssa. She has some athletic cunning that can't be copied. She makes things happen. She turns something into nothing. It's nothing I can coach. And it's nothing she practices. It's just the things she does."

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