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Acacia Walker Weinstein

Acacia Walker will be entering her 10th season in 2022 as the head coach of the Boston College women’s lacrosse team. She took over the position on May 23, 2012.

As either a player or coach, Walker has participated in 17 of the last 18 NCAA Tournaments and was a part of Northwestern’s three consecutive NCAA titles from 2006-08 as an assistant coach.

She has coached two Tewaaraton Award winners, 23 All-Americans and is a two-time IWLCA National Coach of the Year.

BC finally broke through in 2021, winning its first-ever national championship. The Eagles went 18-3 on the season and finished the regular season as the #4 team in the country. Walker-Weinstein then led BC to an upset win over #1 North Carolina in the national semifinal, before beating #3 Syracuse 16-10 in the NCAA Final to win the title. Walker-Weinstein coached the Tewaaraton Award winner Charlotte North, who set an NCAA record with 102 goals on the year. North was also named the IWLCA, Inside Lacrosse and USA Lacrosse Magazine Player of the Year, as well as, the Honda Sport Award winner. BC had five IWLCA All-Americans in 2021 with North on the first team, Hollie Schleicher, Belle Smith and Cara Urbank on the second team and Jenn Medjid on the third team. Walker-Weinstein was named IWLCA National Coach of the Year and the Northeast Region Coach of the Year.

In 2019, she maintained her dominance, pushing the Eagles to their second consecutive undefeated regular season and ACC Regular Season title. Her Eagles shattered records just recorded in the previous season en route to their third straight national championship appearance. Walker-Weinstein produced four First Team All-Americans in Sam Apuzzo, Dempsey Arsenault, Kenzie Kent and Elizabeth Miller, as Apuzzo and Arsenault became the first pair of Eagles to be named finalists for the Tewaaraton Award in the same season. Apuzzo was named Attacker of the Year by both the IWLCA and ACC while Arsenault earned BC's first-ever IWLCA and ACC Midfielder of the Year honors under Walker-Weinstein's guidance.

In 2018, Walker led the team to their most historic season, finishing the campaign with an undefeated regular season record and their second consecutive trip to the NCAA Championship game. She once again received IWLCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year honors as the Eagles shattered records across the board en route to their first ACC Regular Season Champion title. Under her watch, the Eagles raked in numerous awards, including BC's first ever Tewaaraton Award recipient in Sam Apuzzo. A program-best four Eagles were named All-Americans by the IWLCA in 2018, as Sam Apuzzo, Dempsey Arsenault, Elizabeth Miller and Kaileen Hart were honored.

In 2017, Walker was honored as the Division I Intercollegiate Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) National Coach of the Year, as well as the Northeast Region Coach of the Year for leading the Eagles into the best-ever season in program history.

In 2016, Walker became the fastest coach in program history to net their 50th career win, doing so in only 74 games against Virginia Tech on April 16. The Eagles went 10-9 that season and earned a spot in the NCAA tournament. She also coached three players to IWLCA ACC All-Academic team, four players to IWLCA first and second All-Northeast Regional honors and two players to All-ACC honors.

In 2015, Walker led a program that cracked the top three in the national rankings before falling to Loyola (Md.) 19-12 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in May. The 2015 season was highlighted by several accomplishments in the 2015 season. The Eagles finished the season 15-4 overall, their highest winning percentage (.789) since Walker began her tenure as head coach, while recording an impressive 8-0 record on the road last season. Additionally, Walker coached three Tewaaraton Award nominees, including the first Tewaaraton finalist in Boston College history with Sarah Mannelly while Kenzie Kent was named to the IWLCA All-Rookie Team. Three Eagles earned IWLCA All-American Status and the team was honored by the IWLCA for achieving a team GPA of 3.0 or greater under Walker in 2015. Boston College was 5-2 in ACC play during Walker’s third season as head coach.

In 2014 Walker led the Eagles to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament, beating Bryant and Loyola before finally falling to Syracuse. During the 2014 season BC reached a national ranking as high as No. 4. She coached two players to IWLCA All-American honors and four to IWLCA All-Northwest Region honors. She guided the program to a 16-5 overall record and a 3-4 ACC record.

In her first year as a head coach in 2013, she guided the team to program tying record of 12 wins, despite playing the seventh-most difficult schedule in the country. She also led the Eagles to their second-ever NCAA Tournament appearance and coached BC to school records for ACC wins in a season (3) and consecutive games won within a season (8). The winning streak began with victories over then-No. 9 Virginia and then No. 6-Duke with the win over Duke marking the first time BC had defeated the Blue Devils.

Walker spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons as associate head coach for Boston College. In that role, Walker served as the Eagles’ offensive coordinator and played a key role in recruiting, as well as in many other facets of the daily operations of the BC program. In 2012 the Eagles finished the season at 10-8 and 1-4 in the ACC. In 2011, Walker’s first season with the team, BC went 12-7 (1-4 ACC) and reached the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history.

In 2012, Walker helped guide BC’s first-ever ACC Freshman of the Year winner, Stanwick, as well as All-American Kristin Igoe. Stanwick, Igoe, and Rix each garnered All-ACC accolades marking the first time that three BC players earned such honors in the same season. The Eagles also set a program-record with 263 draw controls on the year while scoring 230 goals as a team - the third-highest total in school history.

During the 2011 season, BC set a single-season program records goals scored (232). The Eagles defeated two ranked opponents - No. 7 Virginia and No. 20 Hofstra - on the season while Igoe and Brittany Wilton both garnered All-American honors.

A former player herself, Walker continued to play at the elite level after her collegiate playing days competing on the U.S. Women’s Senior National Lacrosse Team from 2002-12. She won a gold medal with the team at the 2009 World Cup in Prague, Czech Republic and was also a member of the 2010-11 U.S. National Team that was undefeated on American soil.

Prior to working with the Eagles, Walker was the associate head coach at the University of Massachusetts. During her tenure, Walker acted as the offensive coordinator, handled recruiting responsibilities and helped lead the team to two consecutive Atlantic-10 Conference championships. She also handled travel, budget management, video breakdown, and camps.

From 2005-08, she was an assistant coach at Northwestern, where the Wildcats won three consecutive NCAA National Championships and three consecutive American Lacrosse Conference titles.

Walker graduated from the University of Maryland in 2005 with a degree in American Studies. She played for the Terrapins and captained the team in her senior year. She was an IWLCA All American as well as an All-ACC selection. In 2005 she won the University of Maryland M Club `James H. Kehoe’ Award, and in 2004 and 2005 was a Tewaaraton candidate, the award given to the male and female Collegiate National Player of the Year.

At age 15, Walker was the youngest member of the World Championship Under-19 Team that won gold in Perth, Australia in 1999.

Walker hails from Annapolis, Md. and currently resides in Boston, Mass.

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Sam Apuzzo

Sam Apuzzo, one of the most decorated athletes in Boston College history, remains with the Eagles as a graduate assistant coach following her graduation in 2019. While on head coach Acacia Walker-Weinstein's staff, Apuzzo will be working towards her Master's degree in sport administration through BC's Woods College of Advancing Studies.

During her career with the Eagles, Apuzzo helped lead the team to three consecutive national championship appearances and two back-to-back undefeated regular seasons during her junior and senior years. She holds the all-time program records for career points (390), goals (278) and draw controls (444), and is tied with teammate Kenzie Kent for the fastest number of games to reach 100 career points (25). She ranks fourth all-time in assists with 112. She holds the first (129), third (124) and fourth (119) single-season point records as well as the first (94), second (88) and third (80) single-reason goal records. Her 191 draw control wins as a senior also marks the best in single-season program history, paving the way for the team to reach the 400-draw win milestone for the first time. Over her career, she had four 10-point performances, headlined by a nine-goal contribution against Navy (Feb. 24, 2018) and multiple eight-goal outputs.

Apuzzo reigns as BC's only Tewaaraton Award recipient (2018) as a three-time nominee (2017, 2018, 2019) and a two-time top-five finalist (2018, 2019). She also claimed the Honda Award for Lacrosse in 2018 and was a finalist again in 2019. She was a three-time IWLCA First Team All-America selection (2017, 2018, 2019), a two-time IWLCA Attacker of the Year (2018, 2019), a two-time Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-American (2018, 2019), a three-time NCAA All-Tournament Team selection (2017, 2018, 2019), a three-time All-ACC First Team selection (2017, 2018, 2019), a three-time All-ACC Tournament Team selection (2017, 2018, 2019) and the ACC Attacker of the Year honoree in back-to-back years (2018, 2019).

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Jennifer Kent

Jennifer Kent is in her 12th year in 2020 as an assistant coach for the Eagles. She focuses her attention on the defensive end but also plays a crucial role in individual development.

In 2019, Kent's defense held off 10 nationally-ranked opponents during the regular season en route to their third consecutive NCAA Championship appearance. Under her guidance, defender Elizabeth Miller earned First Team All-American recognition for the second consecutive season.

In 2018, she helped coach the team to their sixth NCAA appearance in a row and second consecutive NCAA Championship game appearance.

In both the 2014 and 2015 seasons, Kent was a member of the coaching staff that advanced to at least the second round of the NCAA Championship Tournament. In that time, she helped Mikaela Rix and Covie Stanwick twice receive IWLCA All-American honors while guiding Sarah Mannelly to an All-American nod in 2015 as well as the first ever Tewaaraton Award finalist in program history.

In 2013, Kent assisted the Eagles to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament, beating Bryant and Loyola before finally falling to Syracuse. During the 2014 season BC reached a national ranking as high as No. 4. She helped coached two players to IWLCA All-American honors and four to IWLCA All-Northwest Region honors. Kent and the women’s lacrosse coaching staff the program to a 15-6 overall record and a 3-4 ACC record.

In 2013, the Eagles had a milestone year, earning their second NCAA berth in program history, and the defensive end was a large part of that success.

A native of Norwell, Mass., and a graduate of Thayer Academy – where she was inducted into the Thayer Academy Sports Hall of Fame in 2001 – Kent was a four-year letterwinner at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. She played soccer, basketball and lacrosse for the Mules. In lacrosse, she was a two-year captain, MVP, and leading scorer. Kent earned Brine/IWLCA 2nd Team All-American honors in her senior season in 1990.

Upon graduation from Colby, Kent joined the staff at the Hyde School in Bath, Maine where she taught and coached lacrosse and soccer, eventually becoming the Dean of Students and Athletic Director. Her accolades at Hyde include the 1995 Maine State Championship in lacrosse.

After leaving Hyde, Kent became the varsity lacrosse coach at Norwell High School in 1998 where she won back-to-back state titles in 2005 and 2006 and was named Massachusetts Coach of the Year in 2005. In addition to her coaching duties at Norwell, Kent was also the co-director of Norwell Youth Lacrosse and the co-director and owner of Xtreme Lacrosse and Soccer camps.

Kent has significant ties to Boston College, as her four siblings are alumni of BC – Michelle Lally O'Grady `89, Rob Lally `90, Doug Lally `91, and Greg Lally '96.

Kent currently lives in Norwell with her husband Jeff, and their six children: Alicia, Callahan, Kenzie, Parker, Addison and Bailey.

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