Josh Word exceeds own expectations as track and field athlete at Marquette: Loyola graduate Josh Word (Class of 2014) admitted he’s surprised how his athletic career turned out. A soccer player growing up, Word walked on to the Marquette track and field team and graduated as one of the best sprinters in program history.

“Honestly, I am so lucky to have done so well,” he said. “My freshman and sophomore years were a learning experience for me. As a senior, I wanted to leave my mark. I’m happy with what I did.”

An All-Big East selection, Word (pictured above) helped the Golden Eagles capture the outdoor conference championship by taking third in the 100 meters with a personal-best time of 10.66 seconds and running on the 4×100 relay team that finished second.

At the Big East’s indoor meet this year, Word ran a program-record 6.86 in the 60 and his 22.21 time in the indoor 200 ranks sixth on the all-time list. Outdoors, his 21.49 in the 200 is No. 4 and his 10.66 in the 100 is No. 6.

Heading into his freshman year at Loyola, Word’s main sport was soccer. He said he decided to go out for the track and field team that spring simply to stay in shape during soccer’s offseason. Word was a captain on the track and field team as a senior.

While he walked on to Marquette’s track and field team, Word earned a full scholarship to the university as a Western Golf Association’s Evans Scholar. According to the organization’s website, the scholarship is awarded to caddies who exhibit qualities such as excellent academics and strong character. Word heard about the scholarship and started caddying at Evanston Golf Club the summer before his junior year at Loyola.

A business marketing major, Word will start his professional career at Wintrust in June. The bank was founded by Loyola graduate Ed Wehmer (Class of 1972).

Word, a Chicago native, went to Northside Catholic Academy in the city’s Edgewater neighborhood.

Marta Considine makes Loyola water polo history with national recognition: An aquatics standout for the Ramblers, Bucknell senior Marta Considine (Class of 2014) became the first female water polo player from Loyola to earn All-American honors in college. She totaled 46 points, 48 steals and 32 drawn ejections this season for the Bison.

A four-year contributor at Bucknell, Considine played in 124 of 128 games, starting 65 of 66 as a junior and senior. She finished her career with 114 goals and 53 assists.

Considine, a resident of Wilmette, was a four-year swimmer and water polo player at Loyola, where she garnered All-American awards in both sports.

Brennan Dwyer makes impact in freshman lacrosse season at Northwestern: After a decorated career at Loyola, Brennan Dwyer (Class of 2017) played a role in Northwestern’s first trip to the NCAA Division I quarterfinals since 2015. One of the country’s best programs, the Wildcats (15-6) ended their season with a 19-14 loss to North Carolina on May 19.

Dwyer, a midfielder, appeared in 16 games and finished third on the team with 36 draw controls. In her first college game February 10 against Canisius, she had two assists and four draw controls in the 18-7 win. Dwyer had an assist in Northwestern’s 24-18 win over Richmond in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

A Winnetka native, Dwyer was a four-time All-American at Loyola and two-time US Lacrosse Magazine Midwest Player of the Year.

Photo credit: Jim Naprstek