BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland senior Kara Burke scored a career-high six goals to lead the 16th-ranked women's lacrosse team to an 18-7 win over Colgate Saturday at Ridley Athletic Complex. With the win, the Greyhounds (9-4, 5-0 Patriot League) extend their win streak to eight-straight games - 13-straight in Patriot League contests - and clinch a spot in the upcoming Patriot League Tournament.
Three Greyhounds also hit career milestones throughout the game, with Burke becoming the 25th player in program history to record 100 career goals, senior Hannah Schmitt netted her 150th career goal and classmate Annie Thomas recorded her 250th career point. Schmitt is tied with Suzanne Eyler '03 for eighth place in Loyola's all-time career record book with 151 goals, while Thomas is fifth in career points with 252.
Burke, Schmitt and Thomas also joined Andi Holthaus (184 goals), Kathy Barden (124) and Anne Allen (177) from the Class of 1987 as the only two trios of classmates to all reach the 100-goal plateau throughout their careers.
Burke led all players with a personal-best eight points today, as she tacked on two assists to go with her six goals.
Seniors Molly Hulseman and Thomas each contributed five points, as Hulseman netted three goals and added two assists, and Thomas had a game-high five assists.
Schmitt tacked on a hat trick and added an assist for four points, while redshirt senior Taryn VanThof and junior Maddy Blakeman contributed two goals each. Freshman Hannah Savage, the first rookie to score this season, and sophomore Cami Whiteford rounded out the scoring with one goal apiece.
For Colgate (6-5, 3-2 Patriot League), Megan Ark and Taylor Fischer both scored twice.
Behind four-straight goals from Burke and a fifth Greyhound goal from Blakeman, Loyola (9-4, 5-0) opened the game with a 5-0 advantage and never looked back.
The Raiders halted the Greyhounds' run with back-to-back scores at 14:33 and 12:34, but Loyola responded with a six-goal run with goals from Blakeman, Schmitt (two), Burke, Hulseman and VanThof to take a commanding 11-2 lead with 5:52 left to play in the half.
Colgate converted a free-position shot at 4:09 on the clock, before Hulseman and Burke closed out the half with a pair of goals to give Loyola a 14-3 lead at the break.
Hulseman, VanThof and Schmitt tallied goals to open second-half play before a 4-1 run by Colgate moved the score to 17-7. Savage, assisted by classmate Margaret Filippelli, closed out the game with a goal to account for the final score of 18-7.
In goal, junior Molly Wolf stopped six shots while giving up four goals in 48 minutes of action.
VanThof led the team with six draw controls, while senior Sydney Thomas had two ground balls and two caused turnovers.
Senior Julie Morse and Wolf shared game-high honors with three ground balls apiece.
Loyola will be back in action on Wednesday when it travels to American for a 4 p.m., draw.