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2-Sport Star Shines at Boston College



    Boston College Athlete Shines on Ice and Field

    Kenzie Kent, a standout lacrosse and hockey star at Boston College, is a significant part of two final four runs in the same season.

    (Published Thursday, May 25, 2017)

    With two final four runs in the same season, one Boston College student athlete can say she was part of both.

    Boston College women's lacrosse and hockey player Kenzie Kent has helped take both teams to the finals in the same season of her junior year.

    This weekend, the all-star is trading her hockey stick for a lacrosse stick.

    "She sees the field so well," said women's lacrosse head coach Acacia Walker-Weinstein. "In hockey, you have to know what you're doing with the puck before you get it, and that's exactly how she plays lacrosse."

    Kent is said to be one of the most versatile athletes in the NCAA for her performance on the ice and on the field.

    "Kenzie is one of the most dynamic players I've played with, but at the same time, she's so humble," said BC women's lacrosse captain and midfielder Mary Kate O'Neill.

    Kent is a star on an elite Division 1 women's hockey team and a standout in the nation's top lacrosse conference.

    This is the first time BC women's lacrosse has made it to the NCAA's final four.

    "It's a dream, but now that it's here, I think it's just overwhelming and it's amazing," said Kent.

    A dream you can say the Eagles' attacker has been destined for.

    "My mom is a lacrosse coach," said Kent. "We're just a big lacrosse family."

    She has skills on skates, too. The forward finished this season with 26 points, contributing to 28 team wins and only had a week of rest before trading sticks.

    "Coming off of hockey, that was a tough way to end it," said Kent. "We lost to Wisconsin in the semi-finals."

    Win or lose, she's made a profound impression on her teammates.

    "One sport is very, very hard, and she does two with absolute grace," said O'Neill.

    Kent's lacrosse head coach has known her since grade school. The assistance coach is her mother. They both say Kent is a vital part of the team.

    "She's tiny and lean and agile and fast," said Walker-Weinstein.

    The Eagles had practice at Gillette Stadium Thursday afternoon.

    Kent and her teammates are looking for a victory over Navy in the semis Friday at 7:30 p.m.

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