Loyola’s Spencer wins Patriot League offensive player of the year for fourth time

April 29, 2019 | WNST Staff


BALTIMORE – Loyola University Maryland’s Pat Spencer became the first men’s lacrosse player in Patriot League history to earn Offensive Player of the Year honors all four seasons in the conference, the League announced on Monday as part of its postseason honors.

In addition to Spencer, Jacob Stover (Goalkeeper of the Year), Chase Scanlan (Rookie of the Year) and Head Coach Charley Toomey (William Lawson Coach of the Year) earned hardware from the conference.

Stover is just the third player in conference history – the U.S. Naval Academy’s Matt Russell (2005-06) and Lehigh University’s Matt Poillon (2012-13) – to earn back-to-back Goalkeeper of the Year awards.

Scanlan, Spencer and Stover were three of five Greyhounds to earn All-Patriot League First Team recognition, joining Kevin Lindley and Ryan McNulty. Cam Wyers was selected to the All-Patriot League Second Team.

Loyola will open play in the Patriot League Championships on Friday, May 3, when it hosts the semifinal round at Ridley Athletic Complex. The Greyhounds will face a quarterfinal winner in a 5 p.m. game.

Spencer is the fourth student-athlete in any sport to win the same award four times in the Patriot League, joining two divers – the Navy’s Kevin Teague (2004-07) and the U.S. Military Academy’s Chelsea Haviland (2003-06) – and four-time softball Pitcher of the Year Lisa Sweeney (2006-09, Lehigh).

The senior will graduate from Loyola this year as the most decorated player in men’s lacrosse history. In addition to his four Offensive Player and All-Patriot League First Team honors, Spencer is currently a three-time USILA All-American and two-time Tewaaraton Award finalist. While he is the only player in NCAA Division I to rank in the top-20 in points (2nd, 6.64), assists (T-2nd, 3.79) and goals (20th, 2.86), Spencer is the all-time record holder in points and assists for both Loyola and the Patriot League.

He currently ranks third in NCAA career points (359) and assists (219). With seven more assists, he will set the NCAA Division I all-time record, and he is 42 points shy of moving into first all-time in points. This season, Spencer has scored 40 goals to go with 53 assists for 93 points.

Stover has put together one of the top seasons in the nation this year by a goalkeeper, checking in third in the NCAA with a .592 saves percentage. The senior, who also won Goalkeeper of the Year honors as a junior in 2018, had 10 or more saves in all 14 regular-season games for the Greyhounds and has a streak of 15-straight with 10 or higher dating back to his career-high 19 saves in last year’s NCAA Quarterfinal.

In Patriot League games, Stover not only tops all goalkeepers with a .600 saves percentage, but he also leads the rest of the conference with a 9.41 goals-against average.

Scanlan has had one of the best rookie seasons of any player in NCAA Division I this year. His 38 goals are tops not only among first-year players, but he also leads all midfielders in goals scored, regardless of academic class. With 38 goals and 13 assists, he has 51 points in his first Loyola season.

The midfielder has scored at least one goal in every game this season, and he has eight contests with three or more goals. With his last goal, an early tally Friday night at Lafayette College, Scanlan broke the record of 37 goals by a freshman set in 2016 by Spencer and tied last season by Lindley. With four more goals, he will set the record for goals by a Loyola midfielder in a season, surpassing the mark of 41 set just last season by Jay Drapeau.

Lindley has been a top-tier scoring threat all season for the Greyhounds, and his 56 goals and 4.0 goals per game average are tops among all NCAA Division I players. On Friday night at Lafayette, he set the Loyola single-season goals scored record, breaking a mark in 14 games that was set in 18 when Eric Lusby did it by scoring 54 during the 2012 season. Lindley has scored a goal in all but one game this season and has eight games with four or more goals.

McNulty has been one of the top long-stick midfielder defenders in the nation this season and was recognized with first-team honors, as well. He has defended many of the nation’s top midfielders and has earned Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors twice. McNulty is second on the team in ground balls with 54, while he also leads the Greyhounds with 21 caused turnovers while also scoring a goal to go with two assists in transition.

Wyers stepped into the starting defense from the outset of his first season at Loyola and has defended the other team’s top attacker throughout the year. The Canadian has helped the Greyhounds outscore opponents by a 205-140 clip this season, and he is tops amongst close defensemen for Loyola with 29 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers.

The Coach of the Year award is the fourth such honor from a conference in his 14 years as a head coach and his first from the Patriot League (his first three came from the ECAC Lacrosse League). Toomey has directed the Greyhounds to an 11-3 overall record and 7-1 mark in the Patriot League this season, and the Greyhounds have been ranked in the top-10 nationally each week, spending a pair of weeks in the top spot.

In his 14 years at Loyola, Toomey has a 145-64 overall record, and he has led the Greyhounds to 99 of those wins since the 2012 season.