When Kayla Treanor joined Boston College lacrosse’s coaching staff as an assistant in 2017, Kenzie Kent had other things on her mind. Kent, a two-sport athlete at BC, missed the first 12 games of the 2017 lacrosse season while leading BC women’s hockey to the Frozen Four. One year later, Kent redshirted the lacrosse season in favor of playing a complete slate of hockey games.
Although Kent and Treanor’s overlap at BC went in fits and starts, the two will team up for good, as Treanor, hired in June as the head coach of Syracuse women’s lacrosse, announced Kent’s hiring as an assistant coach on Thursday.
Kent has spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Harvard after graduating from BC. While she wore the maroon and gold, Kent was named a first-team All-American by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association in 2019 after leading the nation in scoring with 127 points. Her 75 assists that season still mark a BC single-season record.
In her time at BC, Kent was a starring member of BC’s “Big Three,” which also included powerhouses Sam Apuzzo and Dempsey Arsenault. Kent finished her career on the lacrosse field with 131 goals, 133 assists, and a .809 shots-on-goal percentage.
In addition to leading the Eagles to two National Championship games on the lacrosse field—one in 2017 and another in 2019—Kent led BC women’s hockey to three Frozen Fours in her time.
Kent will join an already booming Syracuse squad which contested BC in the 2021 National Championship Game. The Orange are fresh off a 17–4 season, capped off by Syracuse’s third trip to the NCAA Tournament title game in program history.
Treanor’s hiring was a result of the departure of longtime Orange head coach Gary Gait, who announced his decision to take over the reins of the Syracuse men’s program following John Desko’s retirement. Kent is the first official addition to Treanor’s staff since her hiring.
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