Lacrosse - Girls 2nd Team
Lacrosse - Girls 2nd Team
Brooks girls’ lacrosse is rapidly establishing a tradition of excellence in the Independent School League (ISL), one of the most competitive girls’ lacrosse leagues in the northeast.
The team's success is founded on the value of team over individual, a philosophy that can be seen on the field in the form of hustling team defense and a balanced attack. Last year's squad surrendered fewer than seven goals per game, while fifteen different players tallied goals or assists.
The high level of instruction offered, combined with the intense competition of ISL play, prepares Brooks graduates well for the college game. Recent Brooks alumnae have gone on to compete and to earn honors at top Division I and Division III schools in the Ivy League, NESCAC, and the ACC. Former Brooks players are currently on the rosters at Bowdoin, Trinity, Colby, Connecticut College, North Carolina, Virginia, and Northwestern.
In addition, student athletes are fortunate to have access to the exceptional on-campus athletic facilities at Brooks. Athletes at all levels have the opportunity to use the fully equipped weight room to improve strength and conditioning, and a fully-staffed training room is available to treat injuries big and small.
Amy Graham has taught and coached in independent schools for 25 years. A graduate of Groton School, Amy went on to study Environmental Design at the University of Pennsylvania, where she also acted with the PennPlayers, rowed freshman crew and played lacrosse. After college, Amy taught at outdoor science schools in Texas and California, studied dance at Smith College and Harvard College, and eventually landed at Fay School, her middle school alma mater, where she taught in the arts and coached varsity field hockey, basketball and lacrosse, while playing Boston women's club lacrosse. Amy met her husband Mel, an English teacher and coach, while traveling in New Zealand. She earned her M.F.A. in painting from the University of Chicago, while playing Chicago club lacrosse (with Brooks School fac-brat Margie Drinker, never imagining the future connection!), and then accepted a position to teach and coach at Westminster School. After a wonderful nine years in Simsbury, Amy and Mel searched for and found adventure in a year overseas with their three young children to teach at A.P.I.S. in Seoul, Korea. A Fay connection through the Burbank family then brought them to Brooks where Amy and Mel's oldest two children matriculate after finishing up a terrific stint at Shore Country Day where their youngest child still studies. Currently, Amy directs the Robert Lehman Art Center at Brooks, while teaching 2-D design and coaching girls 2nd lacrosse. Amy and Mel live in Russell House with their three children and German shepherd.
Shaunielle A. McDonald graduated from Brooks in 1994 and then went to Boston University, where she majored in Secondary English Education. While at Boston University she served on the Executive Board of the historic Inner Strength Gospel Choir. After college, Shaunielle worked for non-profits in the Boston area teaching health and mentoring Boston Public School students to find pathways to careers in the healthcare field. Shaunielle returned to Brooks as director of the Gospel Choir in 2002. Additionally, she is the director of diversity initiatives, and she directs the Community Service program. Shaunielle, a dorm parent in Gardner House, lives on campus in Bertles House with her daughter, Naimah, and her mother, Miriam, a former trustee.