BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse senior Kara Burke added another honor to her name on Thursday when she was named to the Capital One Academic All-District II At-Large Team.
The 11 members of the All-District II team were voted on by members of CoSIDA, the College Sports Information Directors of America, and are made up of nominees from the women's sports of bowling, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis and water polo. Burke was the only division I women's lacrosse player to garner honors from the District II area of Delaware, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Burke, a business administration major carrying a 3.539 grade-point average and a 3.8 GPA within her major, has had a career year for the Greyhounds this season. Most recently, Burke scored 14 goals in NCAA first and second victories over Bryant University and Boston College, respectively, 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.
Prior to the NCAA first and second rounds, Burke was named the MVP of the Patriot League Tournament after scoring nine goals and 11 points in wins against Boston University and Navy to lead Loyola to its second-straight league title.
Burke has had a hat trick in all four tournament games, with at least five points in each outing. The senior attacker enters the NCAA Quarterfinal round leading the Greyhounds in points (89) and goals (68).
This season, she was named the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year, to the All-Patriot League Second Team and the Patriot League All-Tournament Team. Most recently, Burke was among 33 attackers, along with teammate Annie Thomas, to receive an invitation to tryout for the 2015-16 U.S. Women's National Team.
Burke will now be on the ballot for Capital One Academic All-America honors.