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Posted at 12:52 PM ET, 12/16/2010

Glenelg's Parker commits to Maryland

By Greg Schimmel

Glenelg junior midfielder Alyssa Parker verbally committed to play field hockey at The University of Maryland on Wednesday, the same day she was named The Post's All-Met Player of the Year.

Parker called Maryland Coach Missy Meharg shortly before she played in Glenelg's 58-41 basketball win over Centennial to tell Meharg she would be joining the seven-time national champions in time for the 2012 season.

"I told her on the phone and she was so excited," Parker said. "She said 'Oh, you made the right decision!'"

Aside from the obvious field hockey tradition at Maryland, Parker said she liked the idea that her mother, Jean, and her high school coach, Ginger Kincaid, would be able to attend most of her games. She said she had a great experience when she visited the College Park campus last weekend and also in October.

"The coaches and the girls at Maryland were all so nice, and they just made me feel so at home when I went to visit," Parker said. "I'm just as excited as they are."

She was so confident in her decision, and knew it was what both her mother and Kincaid wanted, that she didn't even tell them until after she talked to Meharg.

North Carolina - whom Maryland beat in double overtime in the national championship game on Nov. 21 - also recruited Parker heavily, and Parker called Tar Heels Coach Karen Shelton to let her know she would be staying closer to home.

"It was really hard to say no to North Carolina because they're great too and they have really nice facilities there," Parker said. "It just works out better for me at Maryland."

Parker scored 38 goals and 38 assists this season and led Glenelg to its first-ever state championship.

By Greg Schimmel  | December 16, 2010; 12:52 PM ET
Categories:  Field hockey, Glenelg, Maryland  
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Greg: 38 goals AND 38 assists? That's astounding!

Posted by: bs2004 | December 16, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

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