Not content to be a vocal leader on just the field hockey and lacrosse teams at Dulaney, Kenzie Brown added another sport to co-captain — indoor track — as a senior.
Brown made her mark by encouraging and guiding her Lion teammates to play the right way, even if it meant getting their attention by yelling loud and often.
The 2012 Towson Times Athlete of the Year said she was not shy about getting a message across to her teammates.
"You know right away on the field, I was the one screaming," Brown said. "I was always telling people what to do and where to go."
Whatever the sport, her coaches say they greatly benefited from a forceful and vocal presence.
"Kenzie always had something to say," Dulaney girls lacrosse coach Kristi Korrow said. "No matter what was going on, she always tried to push everybody to be on the same page. And she really wanted to do it. She is that type of athlete."
Brown led the lacrosse team in goals, earned First-Team All-County honors in field hockey and proved to be a workhorse for the indoor track team by running in two individual events and two relays.
The 5-foot-9 Brown plans to major in child psychology at Marquette University next season after earning an athletic scholarship to play lacrosse in the Wisconsin school's fledgling program. She leaves Dulaney with a 3.85 grade point average.
"She is one of the better athletes we have had at our school," Dulaney indoor track coach Chad Boyle said. "She was at the top of her sport in three vastly different sports. She is so well-rounded, and these days and you don't get that a lot. A lot of athletes focus on one sport."
The four-year varsity lacrosse player dominated games from her attack wing position, earning First-Team All-County honors this spring while leading the 11-5 Lions with 64 goals and ranking second with 37 assists for a whopping 107 points.
Brown turned down scholarship offers from Duquesne University and the University of Vermont to attend Marquette.
She made goalies uneasy with a left-handed rocket developed while playing for eight years in the Lutherville Timonium rec program and another six for the Towson and Rome lacrosse clubs.
"I remember her coming in as a freshman for the first time and I was like, 'Wow,'" Korrow said. "I put her shot up against anyone's in the county. With her speed and accuracy, she could put the ball wherever she wanted to. It was always hard to save."
Brown's ability to shoot from or near the 8-meter arc was unusual.
"I shot a lot farther out than most of the girls," Brown said.
She started for three years at midfield, also receiving All-County honors during her junior season at that position.
In field hockey, Brown, a midfielder, helped Dulaney to a Class 4A North state semifinal berth.
"She was the backbone of the team," Dulaney field hockey coach Kendra Zeller said. "She was the crucial link to either assisting us offensively or defensively. And her energy carried us all the way to a state semifinal this year. She would come in with the attitude of 'States, states, states.'"
Zeller said when she was evaluating how her Lions would mesh with each other entering the postseason, she turned to Brown for advice.
"Kenzie was a crucial factor in how we wanted the defense and offense to react," the coach said.
As a senior, Brown also decided to join the track team to help stay in shape for lacrosse, eventually running the third leg on the runner-up 1,600 relay squad that finished a mere 1.2 seconds behind Hereford in the Baltimore County championship meet.
Besides that stellar effort, she was just as valuable to the Lions for her leadership skills.
Boyle didn't hesitate to make her a team captain despite limited track experience.
"She is very mature and had the respect of a lot of the people in the school," he said.