May 22, 2009
Providence, Rhode Island - Brown senior goalie Jordan Burke (Potomac, MD) has earned the highest honor for a collegiate goalie, winning the USILA Ensign C. Markland Kelly, Jr. Award as the National Division I Goalie of the Year. Burke is the second goalie in Brown lacrosse history to be named the USILA Division I National Goalie of the Year, joining All-American Greg Cattrano, who earned the award in 1997.
"Knowing Jordan, concerning the honor of being named the NCAA Division I Goalie of the Year, he will recognize the contributions of his teammates and Coach Errol Wilson," said Brown head coach Lars Tiffany. "This modesty and unselfishness define Jordan. But let there be no doubt that Jordan has been simply exceptional in the goal at Brown University for the past three years. As our last line of defense, he has lead this team with his play and his outstanding leadership skills."
Burke was selected the USILA First Team All-American goalie after leading Brown to a 12-4 record and a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 12 years. The 12 wins are the second most in Brown lacrosse history. Burke played 951:50 out of a possible 968:17 minutes this season.
Brown lacrosse has featured two prior first team USILA All-American goalies, Dick Alter in 1966 and Cattrano in 1997. Jordan is now the tenth player at Brown to earn first team All-American honors, joining George Arminger (1966), Alter (1966), Bill Aliber (1983), Bill McComas (1988), Jay McMahon (1991), Andy Towers (1991, 1993), Darren Lowe (1992), David Evans (1994, 1995) and Cattrano (1995) previously being named USILA first team All-Americans.
A second team USILA All-American in 2008, Burke is the first player in Ivy League Lacrosse history to win back-to-back Player of the Year awards, being named Ivy Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009. He is also a two-time New England Player of the Year (2008, 2009), and a finalist for the Tewaarton Award as the National Player of the Year.
A Commerce, Organization and Entrepreneurship/Business Economics concentrator, who will graduate on Sunday, Burke's accomplishments go beyond the playing field. He is a finalist for the Lowe's Senior Class Award for achievement on the field, in the classroom and in the community, and was named a New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Senior Scholar Athlete.
Burke was the Ivy League leader in saves per game (12.33) and save percentage (.617), fifth best in the nation. He was named the Ivy League Player of the Week for the second time after making 18 saves, including seven in the fourth quarter, in Brown's 11-9 win over #2 Cornell.