So this is it — the final post in our summer BC Interruption Awards series. We’ve enjoyed recognizing the best of the 2016-2017 Boston College Athletics season. You can relive the full slate of awards right here.
Our final and biggest awards of the year are for male and female Athlete of the Year. Yesterday we announced Harold Landry as male athlete of the year, and while he had a monster season (made even better by the fact that we’re going to get another one), it’s probably a good thing for him that we broke out the Athlete of the Year award into male and female categories.
2016-2017 BCI Female Athlete of the Year
Winner: Kenzie Kent
Kenzie Kent had one of the most impressive seasons of any Boston College athlete in recent memory — male or female. She’s probably got a case for National Athlete of the Year, if that’s a thing. The fact that dual-sport Division I athletes are so rare in the first place makes her worthy of consideration on its own, but her level of production in both sports has made her pretty darn newsworthy.
Kent is a star on the BC women’s hockey team, putting up a 9-17—26 line in 39 games and helping the team advance to the 2017 Women’s Frozen Four. Kenzie Kent put together a goal and two assists in the NCAA quarterfinal against St. Lawrence, scoring the game-winner and leading all players in scoring. The Eagles would fall 1-0 in the final seconds to #1 ranked Wisconsin in the NCAA semifinal.
While the BC Women’s Hockey team was making their postseason push, the BC Women’s Lacrosse team’s regular season was already well underway. After joining in the middle of the season, Kenzie Kent led the women’s lacrosse team on a strong playoff run. She was 3rd on the team in scoring after playing half a season, and against top competition in the NCAA tournament, she absolutely went off.
Kenzie Kent was named Most Outstanding Player of the 2017 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Tournament, the first player to ever win the award while playing for a losing team. Her 10 points — 5 goals and 5 assists — tied a championship game record.
Fortunately the Heights will be graced with both its male and female athletes of the year for another season, as Kenzie Kent and Harold Landry will both be returning for their senior years.
After advancing to the Final Four in two different sports this season, here’s hoping Kenzie can lead the Eagles to a couple national championships next year!