Swarthmore Athlete of the Week: Jackson Brosgol ’24

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Jackson Brosgol ’24, a senior midfielder from Scarsdale, N.Y., showed up for Swarthmore men’s lacrosse when it mattered most. The Garnet found themselves tied, 11-11, with No. 5-ranked Dickinson College on Saturday with two minutes left on the clock. In the final twelve seconds, Brosgol scored the game-winner, 12-11, securing the Garnet’s first win over the Red Devils since 2016 and sole possession of first place in the Centennial Conference standings. Swarthmore bumped up to No. 6 in the national rankings, from a previous No. 11 position, on Tuesday afternoon following Saturday’s upset.

Brosgol continued his offensive success on Wednesday. The senior led the Garnet with three goals and one assist, helping secure a 10-7 win against Ursinus College and defend Swarthmore’s unbeaten conference record. The Garnet clinched a Centennial Conference Tournament berth with Wednesday’s win.

Sophia Vesely: Can you tell us about the team’s win against Dickinson College over the weekend? What does this result mean for the program?

Jackson Brosgol: This was a huge win for the program. Dickinson was ranked 5th in the country [coming into the game] and beat us in the Centennial Conference championship game last year, so this was a game that we all really wanted. This was also a full team win, and everyone played an important role. Drew Tyson ’26 played his usual awesome game in goal, making so many key stops and starting breaks. Matt Martinez ’25 and Jack McHenry ’27 battled with a great FOGO [Face Off Get Off] from Dickinson at the face-off all day. Alex Strauch ’25, Henry Kolyer ’25, Will O’Neil ’27, Liam Halstead ’25, and Lucas Kearney ’27 are great defenders and consistently frustrated the Red Devil’s offense all game. I think our defensive midfield unit, Sam Ginsberg ’25, Ryan Kim ’27, Danny Lowe ’25, Gabe Malcom ’27, and Will Kelly ’25, could be among the best in the country at wearing down offenses, winning ground balls and giving us a chance to win every game. I’m really proud to be part of this group. 

SV: Can you tell us about your game-winner? How did those last twelve seconds feel?

JB: It was really great to be a part of that goal. The defense made a huge stop with 45 seconds left and got the ball down field. Clay Almgren ’26 drew the long stick midfielder, which allowed me and Rex Mabbs ’26 to dodge the defensive midfielders. Mabbs started the play and got their defense rotating. Carter Strauch ’24 draws so much attention from the other team’s defenders when he dodges, which created space for me to shoot and score. After the face-off when Dickinson had the ball, Jack Nicholson ’26 then made a great play and blocked a shot in the final seconds to seal the win. Overall, it was just a really exciting game, and I am glad I got to contribute.  

SV: Which upcoming game are you looking forward to most?

JB: I am sure we are all excited for our first conference playoff game, whoever that may be against. 

SV: What are some of the team’s goals for the rest of the season?

JB: Our goals are to win the conference championship, make the NCAA Tournament, and win the national championship. 

SV: What are some of your personal goals for the rest of the season?

JB: I am a senior, and I don’t have too many games left. I’m pretty focused on enjoying these last few weeks. If we continue to play well and win, that shouldn’t be hard.  

SV: Do you have any pre- or post-game rituals?

JB: On Saturdays, I usually get a breakfast sandwich and ice coffee before the game, and get to the field a little early to do a long warm up. 

SV: Why did you choose Swarthmore, and what are you studying?

JB: Of all the highly academic Division III schools, Swarthmore was the closest to a major city and had my favorite coaching staff that I met during the recruiting process. We are all grateful to be able to play for Coach Gress, Wasson, and Harrison. I’m majoring in computer science and economics.

SV: What is your favorite Dining Center bar?

JB: The pizza bar!

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