Winter athlete player profiles: Colleen Dorrian dribbles again

By Ryan Mulloy
February 28, 2002

photo by Ryan Mulloy

To come back from a major injury in the sports world, any athlete would make the sacrifices it takes to play again. Colleen Dorrian, a senior on the basketball team, did just that during her four years at Cabrini.

Having played all of her life, Dorrian has had a love for the sport of basketball. She played the game throughout her high school career in hopes of playing college basketball when she graduated. However after that long journey, Dorrian, who had leg problems in high school, suffered a major injury that would keep her from the court.

It would be a long awaited surgery that would correct her nagging injuries. But with no real alternative, Dorrian went under the knife to correct her knee problems in hopes of getting a chance to play the game again.

Dorrian sat out, biding her time for two and a half years, hoping to be back on the court at 100 percent. She watched the basketball team have an amazing season in her freshman year, cheering them on from the sidelines.

“I did not think I could really come back though,” Dorrian said. But refusing to give up, Dorrian stuck by the team for as long as it would take to one day run onto the basketball court.

After the long wait came to an end, she got her chance to come back to the court. Playing both forward and guard, she calls her comeback “one of her biggest accomplishments” in her four years.”

The team played last week in the PAC Semifinals, but came up short, losing the game 49-71. “It’s a shame to end on a loss.” But while she is not pleased about the loss, she is very proud of the team, and the effort they’ve all put forth to help the team.

Now, her Cabrini basketball career is coming to an end. “I have played all my life, but now it seems like it’s over. I’m really going to miss going to practice and the competition. It was all so much fun.”

After college, Dorrian isn’t really prepared for the work of the outside world. “I wish I knew what I wanted to do.” What’s on her mind now though is a rip to Mexico at the end of her school year, which she is very excited about.

Dorrian has worked hard to accomplish everything she had brought to the basketball team. Now, ready to graduate, the advice she offers her teammates is to “have fun and enjoy everything while you can.”

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