Kingston standout earns scholarship to Howard
Parker earns scholarship at Washington, D.C. school where she plans to major in international relations
Kingston standout Kendal Parker earns scholarship to play lacrosse at Howard University.
Kingston High lacrosse standout Kendal Parker signed her National Letter of Intent to play Division I lacrosse for Howard University at Kate Walton Field House on Wednesday.
Parker will attend the Washington, D.C., school on a partial academic and athletic scholarship. She said she wasn’t sure how much of her tuition the scholarships cover. She plans to major in international relations and that factored heavily into her decision to attend Howard over New Haven and St. Bonaventure.
“I’m studying international relations so D.C. is the best place to do that,” she said.
Parker said chose to study international relations because she wants to do similar work to what she’s previously done — several summer mission trips outside the U.S.
And she’s looking forward to taking the field for the Bisons.
“I’m really excited to play at the next level,” Parker said. “It’s a dream come true, this is what I’ve been doing since fifth grade.”
Parker said she’s following in the footsteps of her cousin Ariana Parker, who played at Division I University of Albany and became an All-American, pointing towards her banner.
Parker, who splits her time between midfield and attack for the Tigers, said she’ll be joining a rebuilding Howard team under new head coach Karli Brentlinger.
“They’re bringing in experienced players,” Parker said.
She said while her final season, which will also be longtime Kingston coach Debbie Eaton’s last season, will be bittersweet. Parker’s already preparing to play at the next level.
“I’m definitely already starting conditioning and working on my stick skills,” Parker said. “I’m just treating every day as if I’m playing at the D-I level already, because it’s going to be a faster-paced game and there’s a lot to work on.”
Heading into her senior year Parker’s scored 60 goals, had 21 assists. She’s also compiled 92 ground ball controls, 42 draw controls and 25 caused turnovers in two years with Kingston’s varsity squad.
Parker credited her success to playing with Logan Brennan, who is now playing at Division I James Madison University, and Caroline Crump, also playing D-I lacrosse for Niagara University.
Kendal Parker signs her letter of intent to attend Howard University surrounded by her family and coach. From left are grandparents William and Marilyn Bucher, brother Jackson Parker, parents LeShawn and Yvonne Parker and coach Debbie Eaton.
Heading into her senior season in the spring, Kendal Parker has a career 60 goals and 21 assists for Kingston.