by Jeff Seidel | Special to Lacrosse Magazine Online
WHO SHE IS: Nicole Perrone is a three-year letterwinner for Brookfield (Conn). The senior attacker for the Bobcats is headed to Western Connecticut State University and will play for its NCAA Division III women's lacrosse team. Perrone said she would like to become a math teacher. She began playing lacrosse in eighth grade. She also plays volleyball and was a member of the Brookfield's cheerleading squad.
WHAT SHE DID: Perrone has had a big season, but came up with one of her best games at the right time. She posted six goals and two assists in last Friday's 20-11 victory over Immaculate High School in a Southwest Conference playoff game. Immaculate had beaten the Bobcats, 15-8, in the regular season, but Brookfield turned it around in this playoff game. The victory improved Brookfield's record to 16-4 this season.
WHY WE NOTICED: Perrone has been a big part of her team's offense this season. She has a career- and team-high 76 goals and 22 assists through last weekend's games, as the Bobcats made it to the SWC finals. Perrone has stepped up her game this year after scoring 36 goals as a junior. She has played a big role in helping Brookfield made its third straight trip to the SWC finals. Perrone, playing with more self-confidence as a senior, owns a major role in the offense.
WHAT SHE SAID: "It's been a really good year. I know one of my main goals for the team was to be a lot closer than what we were last year and to work more as a team. I think we've accomplished that. I think we're a lot closer and we're all more concerned with winning as a team than individual things. That can really tear a team apart, but this team's been great."
WHAT'S NEXT: Newtown High on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Pomperaug High (a netural site ) in the SWC finals. The Bobcats have lost to Newtown each of the last two years in this championship game and hope to break that spell.
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