Published on October 27, 2013
Maddie MacKenzie pushes through a St. F.X. forward in the AUS championship game Oct. 27 in Charlottetown.
Jason Malloy - TC Media
Published on October 03, 2012
Acadia's Maddie MacKenzie fights to keep the ball during the Axewomen's Sept. 30 trouncing of the St. Thomas Tommies.
Axewoman Maddie MacKenzie has been named to Canada’s national U-20 women’s rugby team.
The native of Peterborough, Ont., will enter her third year at Acadia this fall. She was the Atlantic University Sport conference women’s rookie of the year in 2012 and was named to the all-conference team following the 2013 season.
As a rookie, she had seven tries in eight regular season games, tops in the conference among first-year players. In 2013, she had 11 tries, tied for second on the team and tied for fifth in the conference.
Acadia head coach Matt Durant has described MacKenzie as “an exceptional player with great speed and competitive instinct, and also very coachable.”
The five-foot-nine winger, who is studying toward a bachelor of science degree, will play for Canada in a CAN-AM series against the United States Aug. 20 to 23.
The U-20 women’s national team was undefeated in 2013 and won the U-20 Nations Cup, Canada’s first-ever Nations Cup win.
Acadia alumna Andrea Burk is also part of the national program and is competing with the senior women’s squad this summer at the IRB Women’s World Cup.