By Katherine Dunn
6:00 AM EST, February 20, 2013
When Kenzie Brown finally whittled her college lacrosse list down to a few schools a couple years ago, she found herself drawn to the new program at Marquette.
“The whole time I was looking at colleges, I wanted to get away from the East Coast,” the Dulaney graduate said. “Marquette was the perfect school for me. I wanted a school that was in an urban area. It has a brand new program. It’s such an honor to be a part of a program that’s just beginning. It seems like such an amazing thing to start a family and make a fresh start with everything -- and I just love Wisconsin.”
When she got to Milwaukee, Brown knew it wouldn’t be easy to get a new program – with 27 true and red-shirt freshmen -- off the ground much less on the winning track, but the Golden Eagles didn’t need much time to earn their first win. The only Marylander on the roster was a big part of it.
A midfielder, Brown led the team with five goals and two assists in a 12-11 win over Coast Carolina in just their second game.
“Everyone rushed the field and we were having so much fun,” Brown said. “It wasn’t a big team. It was Coastal Carolina and they’re a first-year team too, but a win is a win and it wasn’t just the win, it was the way we were playing together as a team and our coaches were so proud of us. We’re still growing as a team, but it’s a little taste of victory for us.”
Marquette coach Meredith Black said three things made Brown stand out in the recruiting process -- being 5-foot-9, versatile and left handed. Against Coastal Carolina, she was impressed with Brown's ability to score but even more so with her determination.
"She is the most positive person I've ever met," Black said, "and I think that, in addition to everything else I've mentioned, is why she's going to be successful. She doesn't give up. She doesn't let down. She works harder than anyone else I've seen and the whole time, she's super positive and believes in herself and her teammates. It's not a question -- she just knows it's going to happen for everybody."
Brown, an two-time All-Baltimore County selection at Dulaney, said she’s thrilled with the opportunity to contribute right away. She might not have had that chance at the other programs she considered, Ohio State, Vermont and Duquesne.
“We’re slowly realizing that this is an opportunity that we need to take advantage of,” Brown said. “I don’t know if that’s one of the reasons why I chose Marquette, but I am getting more playing time than I would have at the other schools. That’s what I appreciate and I’m taking advantage of every second of it.”
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