Kenzie Kent can say that she has done something that no other NCAA Division I athlete has done in college: the two-sport star has played in four Final Four championships in just three years at Boston College.
In March, the hockey forward led women’s hockey to its third straight Frozen Four, and in late May Kent led lacrosse to its first ever Final Four.
Kent’s prowess in dual sports has led to much acclaim around the nation, including a feature on espnW that involved an interview with ESPN’s (and former BC Football’s) Matt Hasselbeck at Kelley Rink.
But most recently, Kent received her biggest honor: ACC Female Athlete of the Year. The rising senior is the first BC female athlete to garner the award, and she joins high ranks alongside Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, who won the award for the conference’s top male athlete.
Kent’s ride to success has been marked with many achievements in route to ACC Athlete of the Year that lay the foundation. Below is her six-month highlight reel in review.
Feb. 7, 2017: Assists on the game-winning goal in BC’s 2-1 victory over Northeastern to win the Beanpot Championship
Feb. 12, 2017: Scores 100th career point against Vermont (15th player in women’s hockey history to surpass the milestone)
March 5, 2017: Helps BC clinch its third Hockey East Tournament title
March 5, 2017: Selected to the Hockey East All-Tournament Team
March 11, 2017: Notches one goal and two assists to help BC advance to the Frozen Four in a 6-0 trump over St. Lawrence
March 17, 2017: BC falls to Wisconsin, 1-0, in the Frozen Four, but not without high honors. The Eagles end their season with a 28-6-5 record
Kent closes out her junior year of hockey with 107 points—31 goals, 76 assists. She will enter the 2017-18 season 14th in career scoring on the Heights, tied for 10th in career assists, and eighth in career assists per game at .64
April 27, 2017: Posts four goals, one assist in Eagles 17-14 win over Notre Dame to advance to the second round of the ACC Championship
April 30, 2017: One of 12 players selected to ACC All-Tournament team
May 20, 2017: Boasts eight points—six goals, two assists—to lead BC to the Final Four in a 20-14 victory over USC
May 26, 2017: Nets five goals, one assist to thrust BC into its first ever National Championship in a come-from-behind 16-15 win over Navy
May 26, 2017: Leads Eagles with five goals, five assists in a 16-13 loss to Maryland in the NCAA National Championship
May 26, 2017: Awarded 2017 Most Outstanding Player at the NCAA Championship after tying the NCAA Championship game record with 10 total points recorded. Kent is the first-ever student-athlete from a non-championship team to receive the honor.
June 1, 2017: Nominated for the Honda Sport Award for Lacrosse
June 30, 2017: Voted ACC Female Athlete of the Year
Kent led all scorers in the NCAA Tournament and posted a tournament record of 37 points with 21 goals and 16 assists in just five games.
Upon conclusion of the season, Kent boasts a career-best 77 points—39 goals, 38 assists—in a mere 12 contests as she only played in half of BC’s games due to hockey season. In her three seasons, Kent ranks 17th on the Eagles’ career scoring chart with 137 points in just 30 games and sixth in program history in career assists at 58.
So, while the star’s highly-profiled National Championship play earned her national acclaim (she scored more points at Gillette Stadium than the entire Houston Texans team did when visiting the Pats last fall), Kent registered many smaller accomplishments throughout 2017 that paved the way. And they're worth noting.