STORRS, Conn. (April 5, 2007) - Shannon Burke (Camillus, N.Y.) had four goals and four assists as the No. 18 nationally-ranked University of Connecticut women's lacrosse team defeated Boston College, 17-12, Thursday afternoon at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex. Burke's eight points on the day propelled her atop the all-time UConn scoring ranks with 205 points over the last four years.
The previous record was held by All-American Tracy Mullaney who tallied 203 points from 2002-2005. Earlier this season, Burke broke the record for career assists, of which she now has 79, including 34 during the 2007 season (also a record).
With the win, the Huskies improve to 6-4 on the year, while the Eagles dip to 4-7 on the season.
Kristin Link (Slingerlands, N.Y.) joined Burke as a four-goal scorer, while Janet Williams (Reisterstown, Md.) and Kim McGinty (Hungtington, N.Y.) each added three to propel UConn's attack. On the other end of the field, Clare Schwan (Albany, N.Y.) and Katy Ryan were stellar on defense, causing four and three turnovers, respectively. Anchoring the backfield was goalie Jenna Moulton (East Rochester, N.Y.), who finished the day with 11 saves.
McGinty opened scoring at the 27:45 mark as the Huskies jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead over the first 11:33 of the first half. Boston College cut the lead to two at 4-2 before Burke rattled off back-to-back-to-back tallies to put UConn on top 7-2 with 6:20 to play in the period.
Bolstered by two goals from Lauren Costello, the Eagles went on a run of their own, scoring five of the next six goals to pull within one, 8-7, with 1:15 to play. After a free position goal from Link at the :46 mark, the teams headed into halftime with a 9-7 score in favor of UConn.
The Huskies, who came out of the half with the lead for the seventh time this season, opened up a 12-8 lead with the help of two goals from Williams, who scored all three of her three tallies in the second period. The Eagles continued to chip away on the lead, but after McGinty scored off an assist from Laura Trzasko (Plainsboro, N.J.) to make the score 13-9, Boston College was unable to get closer than four the rest of the day.
UConn returns to action Saturday at noon against Rutgers in New Brunswick, N.J. The Scarlet Knights are currently 7-9 on the season with a 1-4 mark in the BIG EAST.