Parsippany senior Krysten Mayers entered the 2013 season with the pressure of living up to one of the greatest single-season performances in school history after scoring 30 goals and dishing out 26 assists and being named the 2012 All Daily Record Player of the Year.
Yet the pressure never fazed Mayers, as she put forth an even better season in her final year in a Redhawks uniform, racking up 42 goals and 26 assists, both tops in Morris County, and leading her team to the Morris County Tournament semifinals and the program’s first berth in a sectional title game.
Those accomplishments make the Cornell-bound Mayers the 2013 All Daily Record Field Hockey Player of the Year.
“I was pressured with knowing that I had to step up because some of the senior players left,” Mayers said. “So I knew that our mids and our forwards had to step it up a little bit and score a lot because you can’t win without scoring.”
Part of stepping up for Mayers was moving into a leadership role after the graduation of four seniors, including All Daily Record first teamers Emma Graham and Mayer’s sister Krystal.
“The biggest change this year was the leadership,” Mayers said. “With my sister not being there I stepped into her role. Being a leader on the field; telling people where to go, what to do, putting the ball where they should be so they know, running corners. I taught them how to play the game better than before and it made us rise as a team.”
On the field Mayers did a bit of everything for the Red Hawks. She was only one of three players in the state to finish in the top 10 in both goals and assists and she also provided plenty of help for a Red Hawks defense that gave up one or no goals 16 times this season.
The unselfishness of her star was something that always stood out to Parsippany head coach Rebecca Lilienthal.
“I think her unselfishness has allowed so many other players to develop fully to their own potential,” Lilienthal said. “She is such a positive force behind them. She is always helping someone get better from a skill perspective and also a confidence perspective.”
In fact Mayers was so unselfish that her favorite moment of the season was not one of her many goals, but an assist to teammate Victoria Rossi with no time left on the clock to send the Morris County Tournament semifinal against West Morris into overtime.
“That was a big moment,” she said. “Because people on the team didn’t think we could come back and tie the game after being down. And when we got that corner, knowing we had to score. I got the ball and dribbled through a few people and saw Tori Rossi on the post, down and ready to score. So I passed her the ball and she scored and everyone got really, really excited that we were going to overtime.”
As she moves on to continue her field hockey career at Cornell, Mayers has left little doubt in the mind of her head coach about where she ranks among the great players in Parsippany field hockey history.
“I have been here for 16 years and she is skill wise without a doubt hands down the best player that has ever played for me,” Lilienthal said. “She is going to be hard act to follow.”