Burkinshaw Shines in First College Start For Virginia

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Freshman goalie Patrick Burkinshaw came into Virginia with high praise and high expectations. An Under Armour All-American, Burinshaw was ranked as the number 1 goalie and number 12 player overall in the 2018 recruiting class. 

Even with the high rankings and praise, it means nothing once you step foot on campus. Every man has to prove themselves no matter how many stars you had next to your name in high school.

The Madison, CT native and Brunswick school product was coming into a goalie room at Virginia headlined by Alex Rode who broke onto the scene last season as a freshman in 2018. It was evident that Burkinshaw would have to prove himself if he wanted to get a shot at playing meaningful minutes as a freshman. 

Many thought it might be a year or two before Burkinshaw really got to showcase his talents since he would be behind a goalie such as Rode, who made 142 saves with a .493 save percentage as a freshman, and started in 12 out of 15 games. 

Virginia started the 2019 season with a 1-2 record, with loses to Loyola and High Point and a win over Lehigh. After that 1-2 start head coach Lars Tiffany made a change in goal and started the freshman Burkinshaw on the road against Princeton. 

Burkinshaw showed his prowess right away racking up 14 saves in the first half alone. Coming back in the second half Burkinshaw made 14 more to help lead the Cavaliers to a 12-11 overtime victory. His biggest save of the game was the one that helped force the overtime period. 

In the win, Burkinshaw faced 55 shots from the Princeton Tigers offense. The Tigers gave him and the Virginia defense all they had with Michael Sowers leading the charge.

24 saves is very impressive for a freshman in his college debut, especially against a high caliber offense. But it was more than just his personal numbers that made Burkinshaw’s performance even more impressive. 

By the conclusion of the game Burkinshaw had already broken three records. Burkinshaw broke the school record for saves in a game by a freshman and the school record for most saves in a first career start. The freshman goalie also broke the record for most saves by a goalie in the Class of 1952 Stadium, Princeton’s home field. He also put himself amongst the best as Burkinshaw has the the national single-game save record for the 2019 season. 

After just one start as a college freshman Burkinshaw is already garnering attention across the country, and looks like he may be starting a few more games for Virginia, at the least. 


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