|Title:||Volunteer Women's Soccer Goalkeepers Coach|
Suffolk alum and four-year letterwinner for the Rams, Melissa Brouillette, returned to the University to join the women’s soccer coaching staff as a volunteer goalkeepers coach in 2015 and enters her fourth season in 2018.
Brouillette’s third season featured something that no other Suffolk team has done before, take down conference powerhouse Lasell. Not only did the Rams defeat the Lasers, but they shutout them out thanks to goalkeeping from Julia Fieldsend, while seniors Alexandra Nagri and Jennifer Martin each scored one goal apiece to lock up the victory. The win pushed the blue-and-gold to a 4-7 league ledger, good for the eighth seed in the GNAC tournament. Unfortunately Suffolk could not repeat history in the quarterfinals as it fell to the Lasers to end their season 7-9.
Martin and Nagri, who lifted the Rams to the historic win over Lasell, were rewarded for their efforts in their final seasons with all-conference accolades. Martin earned a spot on the second team, while Nagri was placed on the third team. Nagri, who became the second-ever Ram to eclipse the 100-point milestone, also shined in the classroom as the double major became the first-ever women’s soccer player to earn a spot on the Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District Team.
The pair’s leadership helped guide the Rams to their second straight USC Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award following up its 2016 silver recognition with a bronze honor in 2017.
In 2016, Brouillette helped Suffolk to the GNAC post season for the first time under Lloyd and first since 2014. The Rams surprised the field as the tournament’s seventh seed, taking down second-seeded Johnson & Wales, before taking Albertus Magnus to double overtime before being eliminated with less than four minutes remaining until the contest would be decided by penalty kicks. Along the way, Suffolk played in the second-most amount of contests (21) in the program’s young history with three student-athletes earning All-GNAC recognition in juniors Jennifer Martin (first team, all-tournament team) and Alexandra Nagri (second team) and senior Shannon Simmons (all-sportsmanship and all-tournament team).
Coming straight off graduation, Brouillette turned in her cleats for a coaching whistle in 2015. In her first year in a new role with the Rams, the squad narrowly missed the playoffs after going 4-15 overall and 3-8 against conference competition to open the Lloyd era.
While donning blue-and-gold, Brouillette competed in 68 games in net for the Rams, playing over 6000 minutes on the field to boast career goals-against average and save percentages of 2.04 and .794, respectively. Overall, the goalie from Shelton, Connecticut, earned 24 wins in between the pipes. Brouillette capped off her career as captain in 2014 when she was also named the team’s Most Valuable Player.
Brouillette graduated from Suffolk in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations.