After a year to remember for junior Kenzie Kent, the dual-sport athlete is getting what may be the biggest individual honor of her career.
The Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association, the consortium of writers covering the Atlantic Coast Conference, has selected Kent as the Female Athlete of the Year for the Atlantic Coast Conference, winning the Mary Garber Award. She joins Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, who was named the ACC Male Athlete of the Year.
Kent had a year to remember on the Heights. She became the fifteenth member of the 100 point club in women’s hockey during the 2016-17 season. She currently is fourteenth in points (107) going into her senior year.
Kent was a force as well on the lacrosse turf. She netted 77 points in 12 contests, good for 31st in the country in points despite only playing half the season. She tied a BC record for the fastest to 100 points at 25 games.
Kent was interviewed during the year by ESPN’s Matt Hasselbeck, also a former BC athlete.
Kent has played in four different NCAA Final Four events, three in hockey, one in lacrosse. Two of those events occurred during the year, as Kent led both the lacrosse and women’s hockey teams to their respective national semifinal, and, in the case of the lacrosse team, final rounds.
Kent received 11 votes in the poll, beating Duke women’s golf’s Leona Maguire with seven votes and Florida State softball’s Jessie Warren.
BC Interruption also named Kenzie Kent its Female Athlete of the Year Tuesday.