New England Lacrosse Journal - April 2017 - 18
Division 2-3 Women
THE NESCAC IS AN OBSTACLE
course. Between traditional powerhouses
such as Trinity and Middlebury, and upstarts such as Bowdoin, Colby College
finds itself in stiff company, trying to get
through on the strength of its defense.
One of those defenders is Jackie Brokaw (Darien, Conn.), a junior who has
helped keep the program in the mix.
Named the league's Rookie of the Year
in 2015, Brokaw has gone on to become
a leader in the back for the White Mules.
"They're in sync and they play so hard,"
Colby coach Kate Henning said. "They do
a good job working together. Jackie does
a great job going out and putting on the
pressure. (Melinda) Edie keeps her stick
up all the time. Georgia (Lubrano), too.
Each plays one-on-one really well."
In her 10th year coaching, Henning has
enjoyed winning seasons each time out.
She took over an improving team in 2008
that has gone on to have several strong
seasons, including a 12-4 mark last spring
that was good for a tie for third place.
Brokaw has been a leader on a defense
that continues to allow less than doubledigit goals per game.
"Everyone is a great communicator,"
Brokaw said. "We don't let the other team
settle at all. Being on our toes, we're going
to cause turnovers."
The Darien High School alumna has
brought a lot more than good communication to the back end of the field.
"She's so athletic," Henning said. "She
has her stick up all the time, and it's hard
to see past her, to see through her. One-
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on-one, she can stay with anyone. She's
just such a great defender."
After last season, Brokaw was the first
Colby defender to be named an All-American since 2012. She also was named to
the All-NESCAC first team and IWLCA
All-Region first team.
Despite the accolades, the Mules defender is regarded as one of the hardest
workers on the team.
"She's not satisfied, which raises the
level of play really for everyone," Henning
said. "She always wants to be better."
Through late March, the Mules owned
a record of 3-3, including 2-2 in the NESCAC, where most of their games have
been close. They were edged by Hamilton
(8-5) and Trinity (10-9), as well in a nonconference game at Salisbury (Md.), 6-5.
That's something Brokaw said she is
By Marisa Ingemi
junior Jackie Brokaw,
Colby uses defense
to make inroads
in the NESCAC
conscious of improving.
"Our goal is to make those one-goal
games not get to us," she said. "It's just
about picking everyone up."
Brokaw also said she is "just able to
play my game" with the strong defensive
unit around her, making it easier for the
Mules to stop opponents. The only time
they allowed double-digit goals was in
their sixth game of the season, a 19-11 victory over Connecticut College.
The Mules were slated to host Wesleyan and Wellesley the first weekend of
April, kicking off a month that will see
them play six of nine games at home
"We're really just playing the best we
can," Henning said. "It's not how many
goals, it's not what we're focused on. Just
pressuring opposing teams much more
this year, we've been in control."
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