Student athlete profile - Parker Matthews

Parker Matthews


How long have you played lacrosse?

I started playing lacrosse in fourth or fifth grade, and I've been playing ever since, My older sister (Riley) played, too. I did club lacrosse for a little, and then I stopped when I started playing high school. We have a lot of offseason activities, so I feel like it's just been pretty constant play, with just a couple months off.

What do you enjoy about the sport?

I enjoy the teamwork aspect of it. I'm also a golfer, which is a more individual sport. I think when I come to lacrosse, I just like seeing my teammates, spending a lot of time together. I like the physicality, too, and just putting in the hard work.

How have you evolved as a player?

I've become more physical as I've gotten older and also become more confident. I like to take it to the goal a lot. I've also become more of a leader.

What are you excited for senior season?

I'm looking forward to growing closer as a team, working together and spending a lot of time together. In the offseason we started pretty early (in training), so I think we just have more of a winning mindset this year.

How do you exercise leadership?

Their are four of us co-captains, and I think that that actually encourages the team more and helps pump everybody up when there are more of us speaking as leaders.

How would your teammates describe you?

Determined. I never really miss an offseason workout. I'm ready to put in the hard work.

Any secret talents?

I can wiggle my ears.

Where are you heading next year?

I'm going to Indiana University. My sister's there, and I'm hoping to play club lacrosse.

Why does coach Matt McNiff like having Matthews on the squad?

This is Parker's third full-time year on varsity and second year as a full-time starter. She is a resilient player on the field, demonstrating intelligence and toughness. Off the field, it is hard to find a better student-athlete. She is on the Central golf team and was part of a state championship team. Her grades are outstanding and her volunteer work is tremendous. Parker is the ideal student-athlete and a great person for younger kids to look up to.

- profile by Ken Knutson, photo by Jim Slonoff

Author Bio

Ken Knutson is associate editor of The Hinsdalean