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Parker Henderer’s has been en route to stardom since earning team MVP honors as an eighth-grader for Haverford Middle School in Pennsylvania, just beyond the borders of the nation’s No. 1 hotspot for the lacrosse, the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tristate region.
Fast forward a year and a half later, and Henderer has become a major Division I commit.
The Haverford School sophomore goaltender has verbally committed to Cornell’s admissions process, a decision first reported when it was made by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Henderer, a lefty, holds his ground well in the cage, has outstanding field vision and clearing ability and field generalship.
Also an outstanding student, he has a 4.0 grade-point average.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Parker on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
I chose to commit to the application process at Cornell because it has a great lacrosse program, a strong sense of community and a rigorous academic program. The campus has so much to offer, it is incredible. Coaches (Matt) Kerwick, (Peter) Milliman and (Chris) Kevlin put a lot of emphasis on integrity and the importance of being an scholar athlete which are things that I value too so I felt very comfortable with them.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I considered Harvard, and visited Princeton and Brown.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I am hard working and determined. I am focused and confident in the goal and do my best to keep the defense working well together.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I remind myself to be patient on outlet passes.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
In fifth grade my friend’s dad, Mr. Ken Morrison, told me that I should play lacrosse instead of baseball because it was more fun. I joined his team and he was my club coach for several years.
That first season, we were all taking turns in the goal. In the third game, it was my turn. I guess I played well, because Mr. Morrison had me in the goal for the rest of the season.
I have never played any other position.
All through middle school and high school, he has always supported and encouraged me. Mr. Morrison really changed the course of my life when he offered me the opportunity to play on his team years ago. I am really happy thinking about playing Division 1 lacrosse and it all started because of him.
Besides lacrosse, I have played hockey (as a defender) since I was 9. I started playing soccer when I was 6 but had to stop after middle school because as a soccer goalie I kept hurting my wrists and breaking or jamming my fingers and then I couldn’t play lacrosse on the weekends which was my favorite sport.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I play for Mesa Fresh 2017 and the Dukes Club.
This past summer I played in Nike Blue Chip and the Adrenaline Blackcard Showcase as well as numerous camps and tournaments.
Any final thoughts?
I would like to thank (Haverford School) Coach John Nostrant who has been an amazing coach for me with Philadelphia Fever, Mesa Fresh and at The Haverford School. I appreciate his guidance and help in the recruiting process.
Thank you to coaches Holmes, Loving and Petrone for all their support and belief in me as a player.
I thank Coach Ebe Helm and Coach Jason Christmas for welcoming me to the Dukes Club and giving me the opportunity to play with another outstanding team.
Most of all I would like to thank my grandparents for their constant enthusiasm, and my mom for always being there for me and my dad for those countless shots in the backyard.
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