BALTIMORE - Shannon Aikens and Kara Burke have been named to the IWLCA/Zag Sports Academic Honor Roll, while the Loyola University Maryland women’s lacrosse team was honored as an All-Academic Team, as announced by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association.
The IWLCA honored 256 student-athletes from 80 different institutions with inclusion on the academic honor roll. All student-athletes were nominated by their schools and have achieved at least junior status academically and had a cumulative academic GPA of 3.50 or greater.
Aikens, a speech pathology major from Baltimore, Maryland, played in five games as a junior last season before being sidelined with an injury. She finished the year with five points, scoring four goals on six shots, including notching her first career hat trick against Bucknell.
Burke, a business administration major, had a breakout senior season, leading the Greyhounds with 71 goals to tie the program record for goals in a season. The Timonium, Maryland, native also added 21 assists for a team-best 92 points and was named the Corvias Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women’s lacrosse. After leading Loyola to a second-straight Patriot League title, she was named the Tournament MVP, and then followed it up with eight goals in the first round of the NCAA Championships to tie an NCAA record for goals in a tournament game.
As a team, Loyola was one of 85 schools nationally to earn the Academic Honor Squad distinction, meaning the squad carried a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the year.