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Burke ties record in upset of Boston College

Loyola was unseeded but their offense, particularly Kara Burke, has been unstoppable through two NCAA Tournament games.

Loyola was unseeded but their offense, particularly Kara Burke, has been unstoppable through two NCAA Tournament games.

Dominant does not even begin to describe the kind of day Kara Burke had. Perhaps marvelous, amazing, unbelievable or brilliant – no, they still don’t really tell you just how great she was as she scored eight goals to lead the Loyola Greyhounds women’s lacrosse team past the sixth-seeded Boston College, 19-12 on Sunday. With the win, Loyola returns to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament, where they’ll play Syracuse, a team they just beat 9-8 in Syracuse, on May 2.

Loyola took control early in the game, taking a 7-1 lead with more than seven minute remaining in the first half.

Annie Thomas (John Carroll), who had an impressive four-goal performance of her own, opened up the scoring just 44 seconds into the game off a free position shot. Then, Burke (Dulaney) doubled the Loyola lead not long after. Burke scored six goals against Bryant to lead the Greyhounds to the game against Boston College. Her eight-goal effort ties an NCAA tournament record.

Boston College was able to get on the board at the 22:20 mark in the first half when Sarah Mannelly broke loose from the defense but five-straight goals gave the Greyhounds a very solid first-half lead.

Eight minutes after Mannelly’s goal, Burke scored off a feed from Annie Thomas and then Thomas netted one of her own a few seconds later following a controlled draw by Taryn VanThof.

Kara Burke tied an NCAA Tournament record, becoming just the third player in history to score eight goals in a game.

Kara Burke tied an NCAA Tournament record, becoming just the third player in history to score eight goals in a game.

Loyola scored four of their five goals in just three minutes. Burke made it a hat trick in the first half off another free position shot and VanThof followed with her first goal of the game not long after. Hannah Schmitt completed the run with her 54th goal of the season and first of three goals in the game.

Tess Chandler was finally able to end a 15-minute run by the Eagles but Loyola made sure they got the momentum back before halftime when Emily Clark (North Harford) scored just her second goal of the 2015 campaign.

Loyola carried the momentum out of the break and continued to pour on goals. Burke sandwiched a goal by Caroline Margolis with two more before Sydney Thomas and Molly Hulseman added scored to make it a 12-3 Loyola lead with 22:28 remaining in the game.

It wasn’t until 38 minutes into the game that Covie Stanwick (Notre Dame Prep) finally score her first goal of the game. She wasn’t marked by the Greyhound defense and managed only two goals in the contest, taking the top Eagle option virtually out of the game for long periods of time. Stanwick was only able to rip off three shots in the entire contest.

Burke responded to Stanwick’s goal with her sixth goal of the game.

It was only a matter of time for the high-powered Boston College offense to get going. At 17:33, Margolis sparked a four-goal run but once again after Stanwick scored, Burke scored in response. This time, she scored two goals, her 67th and 68th of the season.

Loyola’s offense just would not be denied in the game. The Eagles were building momentum but Burke’s goal sparked a 5-1 run over a five and a half minute span. Schmitt and Thomas scored in the run as well.

The Eagles scored three more times in just a 42 second span but Thomas ended the Boston College momentum with the final goal of the game with 2:40 remaining. There wasn’t enough time left for an Eagles comeback anyway.

Loyola got a huge boost from goalkeeper Molly Wolf (Bryn Mawr), who finished the game with 14 saves. Also helping Loyola was a big first-half advantage on draws as well as successful free position shots. Loyola missed only two free position shots while Boston College went just 1-for-8 in those opportunities, largely because of Wolf’s efforts.

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