Loyola alums contribute to lacrosse history at Marquette: The five Ramblers — Alex Gambacorta, Laine Dolan, Erin Dowdle, Mary Dooley, Madison Kane — on the Marquette women’s lacrosse team’s roster experienced nothing but success in high school. From when Gambacorta arrived at Loyola as a freshman in 2010 to when Dooley and Kane graduated in 2017, the Ramblers won state championships every season.
In Marquette’s first five years, the Golden Eagles finished with five losing seasons. That changed this year. Not only have they guaranteed themselves a winning season, they qualified for their first Big East tournament by beating UConn 15-14 on Saturday at home. A loss would have ended Marquette’s season.
“We all knew what was on the line, and we embraced the pressure,” said Gambacorta, a senior captain and member of Loyola’s Class of 2014. “We didn’t doubt ourselves for a second. We knew we were going to win.”
Marquette (10-7) plays top-seeded Florida on Thursday in Gainesville in the first round. The Gators beat the Golden Eagles 18-6 on April 14.
“We are out for redemption,” said Kane, a freshman. “The first time we played them it was not our strongest game. We know we can hang with them, and we are ready to show what we can do. I don’t see why we can’t win.”
After playing four years and earning two All-American honors at Loyola, Kane said being part of building a program at Marquette was enticing.
“It’s a different mentality,” she said. “You are constantly proving yourself to everybody, but that’s what is exciting.”
Whatever happens next, Gambacorta said she’s proud of what’s accomplished in her four seasons with the Golden Eagles.
“I was a freshman with players who started the program,” she said. “That’s what makes [Saturday’s win] so special. We’ve grown immensely. It’s an unbeatable feeling.”
Marta Considine leaving legacy at Bucknell: After a standout water polo career at Loyola, 2014 graduate and Wilmette native Marta Considine made her mark with the Bison. The senior utility player was selected to the Collegiate Water Polo Association’s all-conference second team, the only Bucknell player to earn that recognition. Considine led the team with 48 steals and totaled 46 points (33 goals, 13 assists). A two-year starter, she finished her career with 114 goals.
At the CWPA tournament, Considine scored two goals to go with three steals in the Bison’s 9-4 win over Brown in the fifth-place game Sunday. She was named to the all-tournament second team.
During high school, Considine was a two-time all-state selection and helped the Ramblers qualify for two state tournaments. They took third her freshman season.
Photo: (top row, left to right: Laine Dolan, Erin Dowdle, Mary Dooley. bottom row, left to right: Alex Gambacorta, Madison Kane)