Lauren Burke finished her four-year career at Cal seventh on the all-time saves list with 156 saves in 39 games, averaging 4.0 saves per game. She is second all-time on the goals allowed career record list, only allowing an average of 2.87 goals per game, which is good for second place. (Both records are as of 4-28-09)
• Set a new Cal program record for goals allowed average in a single season with just 2.68 goals against per game
• Notched 108 saves during her senior season (2008), which was more than double the saves she had during her first three years at Cal
• Combined with Stephanie Peckham for a 2009 team high of 21 saves against Indiana on March 21, 2009
• In 2008, played in four games, grabbing 18 saves to average 4.50 per game and allowed just 11 goals
• 2008 season high of five saves came in the 14-7 win over No. 14 Hartwick
• Made a career-high eight saves at the 2007 MPSF Tournament
• Selected to the 2007 Academic All-MPSF list
• Member of the 2005 U.S. Junior National Team
• Art major
• Parents are Kim Olson and Dennis Burke
Why I Chose Cal
"Many reasons: attending the No. 1 public school in the nation, competing on a Division I water polo team, feeling welcome on my recruiting trip, and experiencing a new place."
From a Q&A with Burke posted April 13, 2009:
CalBears.com: You and your teammate Stephanie Schnugg are both majoring in art. What's your favorite aspect about your major and how did you decide on it?
Lauren Burke: The Art department at Cal is chock full of colorful individuals that inspire and or entertain me on a day-to-day basis. I love to paint, thus my time spent in the studio has been very rewarding. I intended on majoring in architecture, but quickly realized it would be impossible with water polo, so I chose the next best thing: practice of art. I will pursue a career and degree in architecture in my graduate studies.
CalBears.com: Goalkeeper is a unique position. When you first started playing water polo, were you a goalie? If not, how did you end up becoming a keeper?
LB: When I first started, I was put in the cage pretty quickly, because of my height and lack of swimming experience.
CalBears.com: What is your favorite part about being a goalkeeper?
LB: The best part about being a goalkeeper would have to be making saves and being the last line of defense.
CalBears.com: What is one word that can be used to describe you? If one word is too difficult, feel free to use a couple.
CalBears.com: What is your most irrational fear?
LB: When I was but a wee child, I was terrified of storm drains and shied away from ever walking near or over one because I didn't want to fall in. Silly to think this was a big fear of mine, but I am happy to say that I no longer carry this anxiety.
CalBears.com: Fill in the blank: I always...
LB: I always smile.
CalBears.com: Fill in the blank: I never...
LB: I never say never.
CalBears.com: As one of the many Southern California natives on the team, what do you miss about SoCal and what is the best thing about living in NorCal? Do you ever take part in the heated debate between SoCal and NorCal?
LB: Of course I miss the Southern California beaches, but I love the Bay Area - beautiful hills, fresh air and a gorgeous view of the Bay has kept me pretty happy to be in NorCal. I enjoy both places. SoCal will always be my hometown, but I would love to stay in the Bay Area.
CalBears.com: In the last women's water polo Q&A, Stephanie Schnugg wanted the next women's water polo student-athlete to answer: If you could be one of your teammates for a day, who would it be and why?
LB: I think it would be really interesting to be a lot of people on the team. But if I had to choose, I would be Camille Hewko and my day would go something like this...wake up fresh and rested with a big smile on my face, go surfing, catch some waves, sunbathe with out worrying about burning, listen to some happy mellow music on my way back to Berkeley, and hang out with all my favorite people, with lots of energy all day long. Maybe make a candy mosaic while I'm at it.
CalBears.com: What question would you want the next women's water polo student-athlete to answer?
LB: If you could only listen to one artist, musician, band, etc for the rest of your life, who would it be and why?
For a complete listing of past Q&As with the California women's water polo team, click here or look on the sidebar on the main women's water polo page.