CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Seniors Kara Burke and Taryn VanThof, in addition to junior Molly Wolf, have been named the final Corvias Patriot League Players of the Week, as announced by the league office Monday.
For their play in the Greyhounds' 14-4 win over Navy in the Patriot League finale on Saturday, Burke picks up her third offensive player of the week accolade, VanThof garners her second midfield honor and Wolf is named the league's top defensive player for a second time.
Burke, a native of Timonium, Maryland, netted a game-high four goals and added an assist in the win. Two of her goals came in a 9-0 run as Loyola built a 12-1 lead just six minutes into the second half. She finished the contest with a hat trick for the sixth-straight game and with at least five points for the fifth game in a row.
VanThof had a stellar all-around game as she recorded two goals, an assist, a ground ball and five draw controls in the victory. She also helped the defensive unit hold the Mids to their second-fewest goals of the season, including just one in the first half before holding Navy scoreless for a span of 27:58. A midfielder from Livonia, New York, VanThof scored all of her points during Loyola's decisive 9-0 run and won three of the first four draw controls of the second half that gave Loyola an opportunity to build an 11-goal advantage.
Wolf had a huge effort against Navy as she registered a season-high 12 saves, while giving up just four goals. She made seven saves and gave up just one goal in the first 40 minutes of play, allowing the Greyhounds to build their 12-1 advantage. With eight second-half saves, Wolf prevented any comeback effort by the Mids. For the season, she leads the Patriot League with 5.60 goals-against average and a .579 save percentage in league contests.
With the win, the Greyhounds won the outright regular-season title in the Patriot League and the right to host the league tournament for a second-straight year. Loyola also set the conference's record for consecutive Patriot League victories at 16 over its first two seasons.
The Greyhounds will host fourth-seeded Boston University, fifth-seeded Lehigh or sixth-seeded Holy Cross in the semifinals of the Patriot League Championships on Friday at 5 p.m. Loyola's opponent will be determined following Tuesday's quarterfinal round.