CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Senior Kara Burke and junior Molly Wolf picked up a pair of weekly honors from the Patriot League Monday, being named the offensive and defensive players of the week, respectively.
This marks the second Corvias Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week award for Burke this year, as she garnered the honor on March 16, as well. This is also the third-straight week the Greyhounds have been honored with the top defensive player accolade, as junior Maddy Lesher picked up the award the past two weeks. This marks Wolf's first honor this season and the fourth of her career.
Burke and Wolf led the Greyhounds to a pair of decisive wins last week, a 15-5 midweek victory at crosstown-rival Towson on Wednesday and an 18-7 win over Colgate to cinch a spot in the upcoming Patriot League Tournament on Saturday.
Burke led the offense by netting nine goals throughout the two games, including a hat trick in each contest. She put up three goals and two assists against the Tigers and then tallied a career-high six goals and two assists for a personal-best eight points against the Raiders. The performance against Colgate matched the high in both goals and points for any Patriot League player this season and all came in the first half as Loyola built a 13-3 lead at the break.
The Timonium, Maryland native is having the best season of her career so far, as she's second on the team and sixth in the Patriot League with 31 goals and fifth in the conference with 41 points - both totals that, in just 13 games, already surpass her previous season bests (31 goals and 37 points in 2014). In addition, on Saturday, Burke became the 25th Greyhound to record 100 career goals, and joined teammates Hannah Schmitt (151 goals) and Annie Thomas (125 goals) as the school's second trio of 100-goal classmates and first since 1987.
Wolf anchored the defense by giving up just nine goals in the two games and stopped 60 percent of the shots she faced. The Baltimore, Maryland native picked up nine saves in the 15-5 win over the Tigers and then turned back six shots, while allowing just four goals, in 48 minutes of play against Colgate. She added five ground balls and a caused turnover in the two games.
For the season, Wolf leads the Patriot League in save percentage for all games (.482) and in conference only games (.579). She also leads the way in goals-against average, allowing a league-low 5.58 goals per game in conference contests.
Loyola will continue conference play on Wednesday when it travels to American for a 4 p.m., game.