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Burke Earns Select Sector SPDR National Player Of The Week From ILWomen

May 12, 2015

BALTIMORE - Kara Burke was named the Select Sector SPDR National Player of the Week, as selected by ILWomen, on Tuesday following a record-tying weekend of play for Loyola University Maryland in the NCAA Championships First and Second Rounds.

Burke scored 14 goals in victories over Bryant University and Boston College, helping Loyola advance to its 10th NCAA Quarterfinals where it will play at Syracuse University on Saturday.

In the weekend's opening game, Burke scored six goals and had two assists as the Greyhounds (17-4 overall) defeated Bryant, 21-3. She then tallied eight goals and a pair of helpers Sunday in Loyola's 19-12 victory over fifth-seeded Boston College.

Burke's eight goals Sunday tied the NCAA record for goals in a tournament game, and she became the first player to score that many 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.

Against the Eagles on Sunday, Burke scored three times in the first half and then tallied two of the second half's first three goals. Her seventh and eighth goals of the afternoon came in back-to-back sequence and at a critical time for Loyola. They ended a 4-0 Boston College run that saw the Eagles draw within five, 13-8, with 13:31 left in regulation.

The senior from Timonium, Maryland, contributed to 45 percent of the Greyhounds' 40 goals during the weekend with her 14 goals and four assists. She connected on 58.3 percent of her 24 shots against the Bulldogs and Eagles.

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).