The student profile below appears in the Summer 2023 edition of the Brooks Bulletin, a publication mailed three times a year to alumni, parents and friends of the school. View the full issue and peruse an archive of the magazine on The Bulletin page.
Molly Driscoll ’23 stands out on a lacrosse field, and it’s not just because her red hair makes her easy to discern from teammates.
She’s one of the region’s best lacrosse players, and she’s made her name as a two-time All-ISL designee, this year’s NEPSAC Class C Player of the Year honoree, and as a Boston Globe Athlete of the Year. She also earned All-America honors in 2022.
Next year, Driscoll will take her game to the highest levels of college lacrosse when she suits up for Boston College. Last year, the Eagles made it all the way to the NCAA championship game —their sixth consecutive appearance in the national championship game. Boston College won the national championship in 2021 and has established itself as a lacrosse powerhouse.
Driscoll, who grew up in nearby Middleton, Massachusetts, also played field hockey and ice hockey at Brooks. She says she chose Brooks because she wanted to stay close to her home and family, and her choice was sealed when she visited campus. She’s drawn, she says, to the school’s layout on Main Street, and the significance that Brooksians place on traversing Main Street and seeing each other frequently.
She grew to love her group of teammates who played field hockey, ice hockey and lacrosse with her. That consistent group, Driscoll says, taught her how to be a better, calmer athlete. “It was so nice to transition from season to season and always have something to do; to always be playing games,” Driscoll says. “Traveling with that same group each season was just so special.”
Driscoll reveals that she expected to play ice hockey, not lacrosse, in college, and gives much of the credit to Brooks for preparing her to play lacrosse at a high level. “Playing against a lot of good teams in the ISL and in the NEPSAC, and having great coaches here at Brooks, has definitely prepared me,” she says. “Brooks helped me so much, and I’m excited to move on to the next level and focus on one sport and try to excel in it.”
"Brooks helped me so much . . . "
Driscoll is also excited for her new academic horizons at Boston College. She was drawn to mathematics courses at Brooks, and she plans to enroll in the business school at Boston College. She calls her Brooks teachers “kind,” and says she felt supported in her learning by the Brooks faculty.
“I’ve always been a student who, if I had questions, would immediately go to teachers for help,” she says. “Thinking ahead to college, I feel confident using my professors as resources as well.”
After a summer spent working at a local mini-golf course, scooping ice cream and training for preseason lacrosse, Driscoll will head off to the Heights to begin the next chapter of her athletic and academic career.
“I’m excited to learn about things I’m passionate about,” she says. “I’m excited to play lacrosse with amazing teammates and have a high level of competition around me.”