Parent follows in mother’s athletic footsteps

Worcester State Athletics

Michaila Parent set field hockey records for points and goals in a season for Worcester State.

By Marvin Pave Globe Correspondent 

Worcester State Athletics

Michaila Parent

A junior forward, Parent set records for points and goals in a season for Worcester State, regular season field hockey champions in the Little East Conference for the first time and in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference for the second straight year.

After 16 games, Worcester State was 13-3, and Parent had tallied 17 goals and 11 assists. Her 76 career points ranked eighth in program history, an impressive total considering she transferred after freshman year at St. Joseph’s College in Maine.


“Michaila is our most fit player and one of the fastest I’ve ever coached,’’ said Worcester State head coach Alexa Carlson, whose team is top seed in the Little East Conference tournament. “She’s tenacious and will do anything to score, and she recovers well to get back quickly.’’

A chemistry major, Parent, 20, sings at Mass with her older sister, Desiree, and their father, Douglas, at St. Anne Church in Southborough.

A three-sport athlete at Westborough High, Parent set school single-season and career field hockey scoring records, and was a team captain and Mid-Wach C league MVP. She was also home schooled.

Her mother, Annette (nee Brow), scored seven goals and had an assist against Bridgeport University in 1983 for Bentley University, NCAA Division 2 field hockey records for goals and points in a game that still stand. She is enshrined in Bentley’s Athletic Hall of Fame for field hockey and softball.

Q. What has been your mother’s influence in your development?

A. She never pressured me and wanted me to be sure I wanted to play field hockey. Once I made the varsity my freshman year of high school, she would talk to me after each game. I definitely inherited her speed and the way she let her shot go.

Q. What have you worked on to improve?


A. This summer I did interval training, long distance running up and down hills near the high school, and played multiple sports, and came into the pre-season in the best shape of my life.

Q. Why did you choose chemistry as your major?

A. I always liked chemistry going back to middle school. I anticipate my major will help me get into MCPHS University [formerly Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science] and lead to a career as a physician assistant.

Q. Have you worked in the medical field?

A. This summer I worked as an assistant to Dr. John Shufflebarger, an orthopedic surgeon at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Worcester, for which I received patient-care hours, a prerequisite for graduate school.

Q. What was your home school experience?

A. I started home schooling in kindergarten for a number of different reasons, one being better nutrition, and did that through high school. My mom taught me and my sister through middle school, and then I worked out of a syllabus through the Seton Home Study School. In addition, I took science courses in middle school and high school.

Q. Were you and your sister high school teammates?

A. Yes, in basketball and lacrosse. We’re really close and that helped us click on the field and the court. She works hard in everything she does and that influenced me to do the same.

Q. You are currently working at Sky Zone in Westborough, an indoor trampoline park. What do you do?

A. I’m a lead court monitor, making sure everyone follows safety rules and dealing with issues that may arise. I also teach an exercise class there.

Q. How do you balance field hockey, academics, and your work?


A. I don’t like to procrastinate. I keep an agenda book that includes homework assignments, exam dates, my work schedule, and my practice and game schedules. I’ll sometimes do homework in the locker room before practice.

Q. What is your pre-game ritual?

A. I’ll say a prayer and then write something on my wrist to inspire me. The day we won the Little East Conference title, I wrote “Bud,’’ in honor of coach Carlson and “10,000’’ for a song I like called “10,000 Reasons.’’

Q. You’ve kept a journal for eight years. What does it include?

A. I document how things are going, the highs and the lows, on and off the field. It helps clear my head, and I like looking back how I handled certain situations.


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