SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The No. 13 Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team saw its 16-game win streak snapped and its season come to an end Saturday afternoon at the Carrier Dome, as the Greyhounds fell to third-ranked and fourth-seeded Syracuse University, 10-7.
For Syracuse (16-7), Halle Majorana led all players with five points on three goals and two assists.
Burke's three goals pushed her season total to 71, tying the school single-season record set in 2011 by Grace Gavin. It also gave her 17 in three NCAA Tournament games, tying her for third-most in a single Championship. However, Burke is the first player to score 14 or more goals in a Championship in less than four games.
Burke netted the game's first goal at 28:26 before a pair of Orange goals within 56 seconds gave Syracuse its first lead, 2-1, at the 24:02 mark. Burke tied the game at two-all at 18:21 by becoming the second Greyhound in program history with 70 goals in a season.
VanThof then bounced a free-position shot into the top of the net at 16:33 to push the Greyhounds ahead, 3-2. Despite being held scoreless for 17 minutes, back-to-back goals from Syracuse switched the lead back to the Orange, 4-3, with 5:10 left before halftime.
In the final 10 seconds of the half, junior Molly Wolf intercepted a pass in front of the goal and VanThof cleared it. Burke's initial shot was saved by Syracuse goalkeeper Kelsey Richardson, but Annie Thomas scooped the loose ball and put it into the back of the net as time expired, knotting the halftime score at 4-4.
Syracuse started the scoring in the second half at 28:49, before VanThof found Sydney Thomas open in front of the cage at 20:10 for the equalizer.
Back-to-back Orange goals gave either team its first two-goal lead of the day, and Syracuse was in front 7-5 with 15:41 to go.
Schmitt weaved and notched a goal for the 27th-straight game at 12:30 to pull Loyola within one, 7-6, but the Orange soon converted a free position attempt to maintain the two-goal advantage.
Burke tied the program's single season school record with a goal at 6:08, recording her 15th hat trick of the season and 25th of her career at the 6:08 mark, but Syracuse again had an answer to keep the Greyhounds from tying the game, as Richardson came up with the save and Majorana netted her third of the game at 4:04 to give Syracuse a 9-7 edge.
The Orange capped off the scoring in the game with a goal at the 1:26 mark to advance to the NCAA semifinals with a 10-7 victory.
This year's squad was one of the most successful in Loyola history, stringing together a program-best, and the nation's longest, win streak, winning 16 straight, The Greyhounds also tied the school's record for wins in a season with 17.
In addition, Loyola's senior class of Elizabeth Barranco, Kara Burke, Morgan Holleran, Molly Hulseman, Gretchen Mayer, MC McDonald, Julie Morse, Hannah Schmitt, Annie Thomas, Sydney Thomas and Taryn VanThof graduate as one of the most decorated classes in program history, winning three conference championships - the BIG EAST title in 2012 and back-to-back Patriot League Championships as juniors and seniors - and advancing to four-straight NCAA tournaments, including making two quarterfinal round appearances. Through the past four years, they helped Loyola to an overall record of 57-26 and a 30-2 mark in conference games.
The class also combined to score more goals and contribute more points than any other class in program history, finishing with 609 goals, 310 assists and 919 points. Annie Thomas swept the programs game (7), season (51) and career records (148) for assists, while VanThof also owns all three records for draw controls - game (15), season (122) and career (312).
In addition to tying Gavin's single-season school record in goals, Burke also ranks 12th in Loyola's career records with 140 goals. Schmitt concluded her career tied for eighth at Loyola with 212 points and seventh with 171 goals.
Burke's 71 goals rank fifth in Patriot League single-season history, and 92 points this year are tied for sixth. Annie Thomas' 89 points are tied for 10th.