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Athlete of the Week: 10 questions with Eileen Dooley, Loyola lacrosse

Eileen Dooley is a senior and All-State attacker for the Ramblers, who have advanced to the state’s final four. The Evanston resident will play for and attend Marquette University next school year.

1. Do you have any pregame rituals or superstitions?

Honestly, not really. If it’s an away game, we all just listen to music on the bus. But for me, not really. I’m pretty boring.

2. Why is Marquette a good fit for you?

I wanted to stay in the Midwest. It’s a quick, hour drive. My sister (Maeve, Loyola 2022) is a freshman there who also plays lacrosse.

3. How did you get into lacrosse?

I’ve done camps since kindergarten but I started club in fourth grade. I just love being part of a team — my club team and my high school team. It’s so much fun going on trips and tournaments with the high school team. I love being with everybody. The club team has awesome coaches that have shown so much support.

4. What is your favorite thing to do off the field?

Probably just hang out with friends. I go to the beach, tan. I also do a lot of babysitting, which I really like to do.

5. What is your dream job?

I think I’m majoring in business, so something in business, but I don’t really know. Maybe a lawyer. I have a lot of friends whose parents are (lawyers) and it seems like a really cool job. I always hear about interesting cases and I feel like I could be passionate about that.

6. If you could play another sport, what would it be?

I played basketball my freshman year and tennis up to junior year. I stopped tennis just to focus on lacrosse so I’d probably just continue with that. I’ve played since I was young with my dad and sister and it’s super fun.

7. What is your favorite TV show right now?

Right now, I’m watching “Selling Sunset” on Netflix. They just came out with a new season and it’s fun to watch. My all-time favorite is “Gossip Girl.” I’ve watched the entire thing like three times.

8. If you’re in Walgreens with a couple bucks, what are you buying?

Trolli gummy worms. It’s my favorite candy. They are so good.

9. What is something people don’t know about you?

I have celiac disease, which is like a gluten allergy, so I’m just on a super strict, gluten-free diet. I was diagnosed in fourth grade, but there are usually like substitutions for most things.

10. How has your senior season gone and what will it take to win a state championship?

The start of the season was a little bit slow. The games in Illinois we won but didn’t play our best. Our trip out to (Washington,) D.C. we went 2-2 and played all right. We came back and went out again to Colorado and went 2-2 again there. Since then, we definitely played better. Our team now is a completely different team. We have improved so much. Since the Colorado trip, we played two Ohio teams, two Massachusetts teams and Illinois teams and haven’t lost. We’ve been a whole different team. Now, it’s the playoffs. We just got a huge win against new trier. … So we’re super excited. On more practice until (the state finals), we just gotta lock in and get it done.

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