UNC Men's Lacrosse Bio
26 Kieran Burke
Burke Burke 922396

General:  Returning starter in the goal...in 2013, he became the first freshman to start in goal for UNC since Paul Spellman in 2002...2014 preseason honorable mention All-America selection by Face-Off Yearbook.

2013 (Freshman):  Had a spectacular freshman campaign...started all 17 games for the Tar Heels in goal...posted a 12-4 goalkeeper record and a .545 save percentage...allowed 10.07 goals per game...finished with 199 saves and 166 goals allowed...his 199 saves were the seventh most in a season in school history...also had 50 ground balls, the third highest total on the team...was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Week on three occasions - March 26, 2013, April 9, 2013 and April 16, 2013...won the award on March 26 after a 10-save, 5-goals allowed performance versus Dartmouth and a 15-save, 8-goals allowed effort in a win at #1 Maryland...captured the award on April 9 after making a season-high 23 saves and posting a .767 save percentage in a 10-7 win at Virginia...garnered the award a third time on April 16 after making 12 saves and allowing only five goals in lopsided win at Hofstra...won the program's Jay Gallagher Award as the team's outstanding freshman...named to All-ACC Tournament Team after posting 29 saves in games against Duke and Virginia...his 23 saves versus Virginia were the most by a Tar Heel goalkeeper since Paul Spellman had 25 in a 10-6 win at #2 Maryland in 2003...had a season-high seven ground balls in opening game of his career versus Air Force...allowed a season-low five goals versus Dartmouth and Hofstra...also excelled against Johns Hopkins with 14 saves in an 11-10 overtime win over the Blue Jays.

Prep:  Graduated in 2012 from St. Anthony's High School in Dix Hills, N.Y. ...helped St. Anthony's win the 2010, 2011 and 2012 CHSAA championships...captain of high school's 2012 lacrosse team... starting goalkeeper for the varsity team his sophomore through senior years...named the 2011 Catholic School Goalie of the Year...2011 Under Armour All-America Games participant.

Personal:  Kieran Joseph Burke is the son of Brian and Grace Burke...was born in June 1994 in Huntington, N.Y. ...communication studies major...has two older brothers who both played lacrosse at UNC, Brian (2005-08), a defenseman, and Sean (2007-10), a midfielder...his dad, Brian, played football at Cornell.

Catching Up With Kieran Burke

About Lacrosse

The best thing about being a Tar Heel lacrosse player is being a Tar Heel lacrosse player.

My favorite thing about playing for Coach Breschi is his relationship with the guys.

Since last year the aspect of my game I've worked on the most is my voices.

My best friend on a college lacrosse team other than Carolina is Jack Lang (Siena).

My greatest strength as a lacrosse player is my ball stopping abilities.

More About Kieran

My favorite lacrosse bus trip movie is This Is the End.

My favorite sport other than lacrosse is golf.

My favorite singer or musical act is Red Hot Chili Peppers.

The teammate who makes me laugh the most is the retired AO.

My teammates would be surprised to know one of my hobbies is hacky sacking.

Personal Favorites

My dream vacation spot is anywhere that doesn't get me hit.

My favorite tailgate food is Moe's.

My favorite beverage is Dr. Pepper-Cherry Coke mix.

My favorite food made by a relative is sausage bread.

And Here's Some More

In a perfect world my dream job would be a professional golfer.

My favorite class at Carolina is Air & Sea Power.

The celebrity I'd most like to hang out with is Kenny Powers.

My most cherished possession as a kid was lazy bones.

The most interesting person I've met at Carolina is Colonial Colonel Sanders A.K.A. Sunshine.

Kieran Burke's Stat Lines

Year   GP/GS     MIN     GA   SVS  PCT   GB     SF

2013    17/17    989:31   166   199   .545    50    611

Totals  17/17    989:31   166   199   .545    50    611

2013 Goals Against Average:  10.07

Career Highs:  Saves:  23 vs. Virginia, 4-6-2013;  Save Percentage:  .767 vs. Virginia, 4-6-2013;  Ground Balls:  7 vs. Air Force, 2-8-2013.

Position: Goalkeeper
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 215
Year: Junior
Hometown: Fort Salonga, N.Y.
High School: St. Anthony's
Major: Communication Studies
Experience: 2 Letters
Burke Photos:
UNC North Carolina Men's Lacrosse

NCEMC Touchstone Ad 2016