Burke was born to Colin and Jeanne Burke in Lloyd Harbor, New York. He was an All-America Honorable Mention as an attackman for the 2015 State Championship Team at Cold Spring Harbor High School, as well as an All-Nassau County selection and the Most Valuable Player of the Nassau County Championship Game. Burke was a member of the 2015 Class C State Championship team at Cold Spring Harbor. 
Burke played 3 years of lacrosse at Fairfield University. As a member of the Stags, Burke achieved many accolades, including 2016 USILA All-America honorable mention, 2016 CAA Co-Player of the Year, 2016 CAA Rookie of the Year, two-time All-CAA and two-time second-team All-NEILA. He left Fairfield ranked fifth in points (144), seventh in assists (55) and ninth in goals (89), and leads the Stags program with 360 shot attempts in his career.
He pursued a graduate degree in ELP at the University of Utah, and was able to play a fifth year of lacrosse because of the NCAA graduate transfer rule. Burke appeared in 6 games for the Utes, recording 51 shots, 15 goals and 16 assists.  The season was cut short after those 6 games due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the spring of 2020, Major League Lacrosse held a virtual draft, where Burke was selected 3rd overall by the New York Lizards. He was the first draft pick in Utah's program history. The season is currently postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
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