Stephanie Parker, Catholic, lacrosse

Q&A --

May 30, 2007

Stephanie Parker has a knack for scoring goals on lacrosse and soccer fields. The midfielder was second in points for the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland C Conference lacrosse runner-up Cubs (16-1) with 33 goals and 11 assists. Next year, Parker will play soccer and possibly lacrosse at Frostburg State, where she plans to study accounting. She plays club soccer for the Baltimore Bays, who will play for a title this weekend. Parker, 18, also set a school record in the triple jump in indoor track. She graduated last week with a 3.4 grade point average.

How did you get started in sports?

I started in soccer kind of late, at like, 11. All my friends at school were doing it, and it turned out to be really natural for me. I started to like it and I moved on to bigger and better teams. When I came to Catholic, I had never played lacrosse before, and I decided to play it to keep in shape. I did indoor track to keep in shape, too, and it worked out pretty well.

Which is your favorite sport?

My favorite is soccer, definitely, because I just have a passion for it. Lacrosse, I really like the game. The only problem is I cannot stand the whistle blowing. In soccer, you can just go at it and that's what I wish you could do in lacrosse.

How did you become the big scorer in lacrosse?

I really don't know. I'll go take a shot and everybody will be like, "You have a great shot," and, to be honest, I don't know. I just go in and I go for it. They say, "You have great aim," but I really didn't plan it.

What do you enjoy about playing for the Bays?

When I was younger, I started to develop skills faster and I would be one of the best players on the team. I always talked about getting on a team where everyone would be at my skill level and it would be that competitive. Eventually I came to the Bays, and it's such a different game when everybody is committed and at the same skill level.

What is your career goal?

I think I want to major in accounting because I really like math and I like numbers. My grandmother is a CPA and I like what she does. I always would say, "What should I do if I like math?" She would tell me, "Be an accountant." And I like money [laughs].

Why did you choose Frostburg?

I really wanted to go to UMBC or somewhere closer [to home], but then I thought about it and going away is a really good experience and I think I need to do that. ... I'm looking forward to playing soccer and being on my own, having my own responsibilities.

KATHERINE DUNN

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