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Karen Mallegol Driscoll

Class of 1992

A three-sport DCL All-Star and captain who was a key cog in the 1990 girl’s soccer state championship, Karen Mallegol Driscoll went on to a decorated soccer and lacrosse career at Connecticut College.

Mallegol and her family moved to Concord from Maryland in second grade, settling in on Bartlett Hill not far from downtown. She and twin brother Scott were part of a large group of kids in the neighborhood always playing games of some sort. After attending Alcott and then Sanborn, Mallegol arrived at CCHS in the fall of 1988.

In soccer, Mallegol lettered three times for Karyn Hesse, playing forward and halfback. The highlight came in her junior year when the team ripped through the state tournament and overcame heavily favored Sutton, 2-1 in the state finals at WPI to earn the program’s third state title. A senior captain in 1991, Mallegol was named the team’s Unsung Hero and earned DCL All-Star honors and an All- Scholastic by the Middlesex News and Lowell Sun.

In basketball, Mallegol lettered three times as a pesky guard for long-time head coach Dick DiMare, and was a key member of DCL championship teams in 1990 and 1991. The 1991 team led by All-Scholastic Usrula Roach, captured the North Sectional Championship and advanced all the way to the storied parquet floor of the Boston Garden before bowing to North Attleboro. As a senior captain in 1992, Karen was named All-DCL and won the league’s 3-point contest.

Mallegol took up lacrosse as a freshmen and quickly excelled at the sport, earning three varsity letters under head coach Donna Gilbert. A two-time DCL All-Star, Mallegol was second in points on the 1991 team that went undefeated and won the Eastern Mass Division II title. Playing attack wing, Mallegol was the leading scorer and captain of the 1992 squad and graduated with over 120 career points.

“The biggest influences over the years were my teammates who showed dedication, commitment to excellence and a drive to succeed on the playing field as well as in school,” said Driscoll. “Support from my parents, Andre and Annie, and brothers Scott and Andre was invaluable. Playing Concord youth soccer for so many years built a strong core group of amazing soccer players, starting out in U10's all the way through senior year at CCHS. The many dedicated parent coaches in the early years, my dad included, made soccer in Concord and Carlisle so successful.”

Following graduation Mallegol headed off to Connecticut College, where she was a four-year starter in both soccer and lacrosse. In soccer, her Camel teams were ECAC semifinalists in 1993, 1994, 1995.

Mallegol played left back and was a senior captain in 1995. On the lacrosse field, Karen led the Camels to a sparkling 47-12 record in her years, including an ECAC Championship in 1994 and the NCAA Division III Quarterfinals in 1996, the first women's team in school history to reach the NCAA’s. Karen was a two-time captain who played in the midfield. She led her team in assists in 1996 and capped her storied college career by being named Honorable Mention All-New England as a senior.

After graduation, Mallegol coached lacrosse at Lincoln-Sudbury and Tufts University before working as an IT consultant for eight years. She married former Connecticut College lacrosse All-American Bobby Driscoll, and now is at home in Marblehead, MA with three children: Shea (5), Ryan (2) and newborn Bryn.