It has been just over a year since The News started this feature series recognizing the great work of some of our amazing student-athletes, and today we add another name to that list. Eleanor Wenners is a sophomore from New Hampshire who has spent two seasons lifting the Field Hockey team to two appearances in the NEWMAC Tournament games while starting nearly every game both years. While Wenners mainly plays defense, she did manage to get one shot on goal every game for the past 14 – a very consistent player.
As the youngest of three sisters, with one playing field hockey at College of the Holy Cross, the game has always been a big part of Wenners’ life. Her teammates at the College see that come through in the way that she plays. One of her teammates said, “Eleanor has had some awesome defensive saves the past few games, and in general has been playing really well on defense.”
The News interviewed Wenners to learn more about what it takes to be an exceptional student-athlete.
TWN: What is your favorite memory from playing field hockey over the years?
EW: The first few weeks of the season are always incredibly special. There is something magical about working hard in the August heat, enjoying getting to know your teammates during team meals, and being out on the turf together.
TWN: Have you faced any adversity as your season has progressed? If so, how were you able to overcome those challenges?
EW: With any season, there is going to be adversity, whether that be injuries, tough games, cold and rainy practices, or fatigue. Our team motto this year is “Win or Learn.” I think that motto has helped us grow through challenges this season. As a team, we have learned every step of the way through our victories and struggles. I think uplifting and leaning on each other also helps us overcome obstacles.
TWN: Who is someone you look up to and why (can be a field hockey player or someone else)?
EW: My two older sisters are two athletes and people I have always looked up to and admired greatly.
Wenners is a political science major who enjoys a scoop or two of Wellesley Fresh’s Graham Central Station. Wenners also wanted to give a special shoutout to Sadie G and Quinn P for being Wellesley Field Hockey’s biggest fans and for not missing one home game this season. The News also extends our support to Wenners, and we’re excited to see her play in over her next two years at Wellesley!