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June 29, 2013

Ipswich's MacKenzie named All-NE 10 at UMass Lowell

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The business management major was a finalist for the highly coveted Laurie A. Mann Award for the student-athlete of the year and was very active in community affairs. She put her name in the UMass Lowell record books as first in runs, third in all time hits, and third in stolen bases. She was a spark plug at the top of the batting order, and once on base was always a threat to steal.

“This season was so much fun,” said MacKenzie, who is an assistant coach at Merrimack College and also coaching a U-18 Junior Olympics team this summer. “I just relaxed and went out to play, knowing it was my last year.

“My teammates were awesome and that made everything that much more enjoyable. I tried to be a calming influence because I was one of only a few seniors on the field. We had three or four upperclassmen, and the rest were all new so I tried to take on a leadership role.”

MacKenzie began her college career as a centerfielder, but after returning from a concussion she move to left field.

“I was the catcher for one game, and then I switched to second base where I stayed the rest of my career,” said MacKenzie. “I love coaching, and want to be a head coach some place so I’m trying to build up my resume.”

 

 

 

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