NEWTON, Mass. - Kara Burke tied an NCAA Championships record with eight goals on Sunday afternoon, leading the Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team to a 19-12 victory over fifth-ranked Boston College in the NCAA Championships Second Round.
With the win, their program-record 16th in a row, the Greyhounds advanced to their program's 10th NCAA Quarterfinals and will face third-seeded Syracuse University next weekend.
Burke became the third player in NCAA history to score eight goals in a NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championships game and the first since 2003. She matched the record set by the University of North Carolina's Kellie Thompson (vs. UMBC, May 9, 2002) and the University of Virginia's Lauren Aumiller (vs. Georgetown, 5/11/2003).
Burke's 14 goals through two NCAA games are tied for seventh most in one tournament. The 11 players who have scored 14 or more all did so in four games. Her final goal Sunday was her 68th of the season, tying her for second in Loyola single-season history with Mary Beth Akre's 1979 total. She is three from tying Grace Gavin's 2011 single-season record.
Her seventh and eighth goals of the afternoon came in back-to-back fashion and at a critical times for Loyola (17-4 overall). The first of the pair stopped a 4-0 Boston College run that pulled the Eagles within five, 13-8, with 13:31 left in regulation.
Burke's second of the sequence at 9:50, came 27 seconds after the first and off a Taryn VanThof assist following Katrina Geiger's draw control win. That goal pushed Loyola back up seven, a margin that would spread to nine, 18-9, when Hannah Schmitt bookended an Annie Thomas goal with two of her own.
The Eagles (15-4) drew back within six with just over three minutes left, but a Thomas insurance goal provided the final margin.
Loyola, which entered the weekend ranked 13th nationally, raced out to an 8-2 halftime lead as Burke scored three times and Thomas added two goals and two assists before the break.
Burke then scored two of the second half's first three goals with her second starting a three-goal Loyola run that saw the Greyhounds lead 12-3 on a Molly Hulseman tally with 22:28 left on the clock.
Covie Stanwick responded for the Eagles with a goal 28 seconds later, but Burke notched her sixth of the day with 18:18 remaining, taking a Hulseman feed to push Loyola up 13-4.
Caroline Margolis scored 25 ticks of the clock later for Boston College, and then the Eagles had three goals in an 80 second span, capped by Stanwick's second of the game at 13:31, cutting the Loyola lead to 13-8.
Tess Chandler won the ensuing draw control after Stanwick's score, but Molly Wolf made a save on a Kiley Anderson free-position shot, and a Loyola clear led to Burke's goal with 10:17 showing.
Wolf made 14 saves for Loyola, two days after posting 11 in a 21-3 first-round win over Bryant University.
Annie Thomas moved into second-place all-time at Loyola in career points with 289. Her six points also advanced her to third on the school's single-season points chart, giving her 88 this year. VanThof posted a game-high five assists, and she also won six draw controls, while Geiger had five for Loyola.
Chandler led Boston College with three goals, and Margolis had two goals and three assists.
Loyola's 40 goals in two NCAA games this year are the most by a team in back-to-back tournament games since the tournament's inception in 1982. Two teams had previously scored 39 in consecutive games (Northwestern, 2009; Maryland, 2003).
Today's 31 total goals are tied for fifth-most in NCAA Championships history, and the second half's combined 21 goals tied an NCAA record for most in a half by two teams.
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