AOTW: Mackenzie Sweeney, freshman field hockey player

The Beacon: Female Athlete of the Week Sept. 22 – Sept. 28 Why Mackenzie Sweeney was selected: Sweeney registered both her first and second career goals in field hockey game against Eastern to help the Colonels win 6-3.

Kirsten Peters, Co-Sports Editor

Name: Mackenzie Sweeney

Year: Freshman

Major: Sports Management

Hometown: Millville, Pa.

High School: Millville Area HS

Position: Forward

Driving force for your decision to come to Wilkes?

As soon as I stepped onto campus, I knew that I loved the atmosphere and everything the campus had to offer while not being so far from home, but still far enough. After meeting with Coach Myers about field hockey, I knew I wanted to play for her.

Post graduation plans in terms of a career?

I have no idea what career path I want to go down, but hopefully Wilkes will help lead me to what I want do.

Favorite building on campus?

The SUB because I spend a lot of my time there when I’m not in my dorm.

What came first? The chicken or the egg?

The chicken.

Hopes for this season as a Colonel?

As a Colonel, I hope that Wilkes makes a name for itself in academics and athletics by setting new goals and getting recognized for student, faculty and staff accomplishments.

When/Why did you first begin playing?

I began playing field hockey in seventh grade and have played every year after. My mom played in high school and I wanted to follow in her footsteps.

Favorite thing to do during practice?

Play competitive games with my teammates because it’s fun yet productive.

Coke or Pepsi?

Definitely coke.

Other interests or hobbies off of the field?

Taking naps, hanging out with my friends, hiking, hunting and, most importantly, playing with my dogs.

Most influential person in your life?

My parents would have to be the most influential people in my life because I’ve always worked hard to make them proud. They always give me their all, so it’s only fair that I give them my all.

Favorite professor?

My favorite professor is my English professor, Thomas Hamill.

Favorite meal to eat on campus?

Which wich.

A quote you live your life by?

“Full send.” – Derek Schneider

What does “Be Colonel” mean to you?

Having school spirit and taking pride in my school.

Anyone to give a shout-out to?

I would like to give a shout out to my whole field hockey team for supporting me, my coaches for getting me to where I am today, and to my parents and family back home for staying by my side throughout everything that I’ve been through.

-Compiled by Kirsten Peters, Co-Sports Editor