Lacrosse - Boys 1st Team


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Overview

Lacrosse - Boys 1st Team

Brooks lacrosse enters its sixth season under the direction of head coach and 2015 ISL Coach of the Year Dean Charpentier (Yale ’90) and assistant Tim Benson (Union ’00), the 2014 ISL Assistant Coach of the Year. The past five seasons have seen Brooks rise steadily through the ranks of the ISL, one of the toughest high school leagues in the country. Coming off several seasons of struggle before the transition, the team compiled a record of 8-10 in 2012, 9-9 in 2013, and 10-8 in 2014, and now competes game in and game out against the best teams in the league. Along the way, Brooks has registered victories over ISL powerhouses Belmont Hill and Thayer, as well as over rivals like Groton, Milton, St. Mark’s and St. Paul’s.

The 2017 squad is led by captains Kyle Helfrich '17, Pete Ahonen '17, and Will Gibeley ’17. All three have been honored at the All-League or Honorable Mention All-League level. Experience at both the offensive and defensive ends of the field provide promise, along with an influx of young talent. As always, the program will be built on principles of discipline, both on and off the field, citizenship, and sportsmanship. Only after these principles are internalized by the group and the group learns to work together to achieve goals, will success follow on the playing field.

Before coming to Brooks, coach Charpentier spent ten seasons as the head varsity coach at Berkshire School in Sheffield, Mass., where his teams won over a hundred games, including three straight undefeated league titles. While at Berkshire, Charpentier sent his graduates to such schools as Duke, Denver, Harvard, Fairfield and West Point. Charpentier is a 1990 graduate of Yale University, where he played on three straight Ivy Champions from 1988-90 and captained the team in 1990 to a number two national ranking and an NCAA Final Four. Charpentier also reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament in 1988.

Coaches

  • Head Coach


    Dean Charpentier teaches English and lives in Gardner Dormitory with his wife Lori, daughter, Taylor, and son, JP. A 1990 graduate of Yale University, Charpentier majored in American Studies and captained the Yale lacrosse team to an NCAA Final Four in his senior year. Charpentier has been teaching and coaching in boarding school since leaving Yale, most recently at Berkshire School, where his varsity lacrosse teams won three consecutive league titles without losing a game and where he was named the league’s Coach of the Year three times. Charpentier, who earned a Master of Science in Teaching from the University of New Hampshire, teaches sophomore and junior English, as well as a senior fiction-writing seminar.

  • Tim, a graduate of Union College, joined the English Department after a year of pursuing graduate work at Dartmouth College. Before going to Dartmouth, Tim taught English at Wyoming Seminary Preparatory School in Kingston, Pennsylvania. Tim also coached ice hockey and lacrosse at Seminary. Tim's academic interests include Environmental Literature and Modern American Literature. When not in the classroom, Tim heads to the outdoors. He has worked as a fly-fishing guide in Montana during each of the last several summers. Tim lives in Russell House Dormitory with his wife, Elizabeth, and their brown Labrador, Brooks. It should be noted that it is entirely a coincidence that the dog's name is Brooks.