Burns sisters win awards at Iowa: Corey Burns capped her soccer career with Hawkeyes by being selected as the team’s co-Defensive Player of the Year. Her sister, sophomore Devin Burns, was named Iowa’s Offensive Player of the Year.
An All-American at Loyola, Corey (Class of 2013) started 18 games this season and helped Iowa (9-8-2, 4-5-2 Big Ten) post seven shutouts. The redshirt senior was selected to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team and named Academic All-Big Ten for the third time.
Devin (Class of 2016) followed her sister to Iowa after earning All-American honors with the Ramblers. This season, she played in all 19 games, starting 18 of them. The striker led the Hawkeyes with nine goals to go with five assists. Four of her goals were game-winners. Devin was an Academic All-Big Team selection.
“Nothing either one of them do surprises me,” Loyola head girls soccer coach Craig Snower.
Both Corey and Devin have dealt with serious injuries during their careers. Corey tore an ACL three games into her junior season at Iowa, while Devin had two ACL tears during high school.
“It was great to see them healthy and play so well together,” Snower said. “They showed what they are capable of this season.”
Snower said Corey is looking into playing professionally, most likely somewhere in Europe.
Corey and Devin’s sister, Loyola senior Riley Burns, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer for Iowa. She missed her entire junior season after breaking her foot during the preseason.
Jack Morrissey putting up final shot soon: After a record-setting career at Loyola, Jack Morrissey (Class of 2014) will play his final game at Division II Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, on Feb. 24.
Through Sunday, the 6-foot-1 senior guard has played in 21 of the team’s 24 games and is second on the Badgers with 25 3-pointers, converting 34.7 percent of them. He scored a season-best 15 points, going 5-for-9 from 3-point range, in a 83-74 loss to Benedict on Dec. 18.
In his first three seasons, Morrissey played in 83 of 84 games, making eight starts as a junior. As a freshman, he appeared in all 28 games, averaging 6.9 points. He shot 39.2 percent behind the arc.
Morrissey remains Loyola’s all-time leader in 3-pointers and is the second in career points. As a senior, he was named the Catholic League’s MVP and helped the Ramblers capture a Class 4A sectional championship.