Alyssa Parker, a senior midfielder who helped lead her Glenelg (Maryland) High School field hockey team to its second consecutive Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association Class 2A state title with some slick on-field play, also earned some individual national accolades along the way.
Late in the first half of Glenelg’s state championship matchup with Poolesville (Maryland) High School on November 12, Parker dribbled through five defenders and scored an unassisted goal to give the 18-1 Gladiators a two-goal lead. Glenelg went on to secure both a 3-0 win and the state title, while Parker finished the game with a goal and an assist.
Glenelg, which outshot Poolesville 20 to 2 in the title game, outscored its opponents 152 to 8 this year.
Parker concluded her career with 114 goals and 108 assists, the latter of which ranks second all time in the National Federation of State High School Associations’ National High School Sports Record Book. The national record of 117 assists was set by Chantae Miller of Buffalo (New York) Williamsville North High School from 2004 to 2007.
Parker was selected The Baltimore Sun field hockey player of the year as a junior in 2010. A team co-captain that season, she collected 38 goals and 38 assists as she helped lead the squad to a 19-1 record and to the state title.