With her name now etched in the record books at Boston College, dual-sport athlete Kenzie Kent has no doubt she made the right decision to become an Eagle.
“I reached greater heights than I ever thought I could,” she says.
Kent stars for one of the most elite women’s hockey programs in NCAA Division I, making her third straight Frozen Four appearance, and she led the NCAA championship game in women’s lacrosse, its first appearance in program history, where she set the record for points in a single tournament. With that feat, Kent became the eighth-leading scorer in program history (138 career points) and earned the school record for most games played (157).
“Every year you push yourself even harder, and you surprise yourself at what you can do,” she says.
A very humble Kent claims she was “just good” before coming to BC but that the world-class coaching from Acacia Walker-Weinstein (women’s lacrosse) and Katie Crowley (women’s hockey) and BC’s elite academic program are what drives excellence.
“Being surrounded by great players, great people, great students,” says Kent, a Norwell native, “just being placed in that group makes you be better than you thought you could be.”
Growing up, Kent looked up to coach Walker who, as a player and a coach, led teams to the NCAA tournament 14 of the last 15 years, and also to three straight national championships as an assistant coach. And let’s not forget coach Crowley, who won multiple Olympic medals with the U.S. National Women’s Team.
“Once you get solid, amazing coaches, it makes the recruiting so much easier. People will say ‘I want to be coached by her,’” says Kent.
“When you have a coach like that who’s been through it all and who knows what it takes to be a student-athlete,” she says, “you follow everything they do, because they’ve been there at the highest level.”
Kenzie also cites facility enhancements as a game changer. With the new $52.6 million indoor Fish Field House giving varsity sports like women’s lacrosse a chance to practice despite inclement weather, “it’s seriously going to help us with the ultimate goal of winning a national championship,” says Kent.
And that’s the dream: a national championship trophy, which would be a first for both the women’s hockey and the women’s lacrosse programs.
“This is my last shot at this. I’m doing everything I can to make sure this year counts,” she says. With high-caliber mentors behind her and top-notch facilities, Kent says that the last piece of the puzzle is “instilling confidence in all my teammates.”
“That’s what’s going to bring us all together to win the national championship.”