Spencer’s eight points lead Loyola to 12-7 win over Bucknell

March 23, 2019 | WNST Staff


LEWISBURG, Pa. – Sixth-ranked Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse got eight points from Pat Spencer, a 17 of 23 performance from Bailey Savio on faceoffs and 15 saves by Jacob Stover in goal on Saturday as the Greyhounds posted a 12-7 victory over host Bucknell University at Christy Mathewson Memorial Stadium.

In the game, Spencer moved into the top-10 of career points in the NCAA and rose as to sole possession of sixth-place as he tied his career-high with five goals and added three assists. His eight points moved his career total to 322 and past Yale University’s Ben Reeves (316, 2015-18), Brown University’s Darren Lowe (316, 1989-92) and Tim Nelson who had 320 playing for North Carolina State (1982) and Syracuse University (1983-85).

Savio had a career-best day, percentage-wise, winning 73.9 percent of restarts. He was 10 of 12 in the first half and 14 of 17 in the first three quarters for the Greyhounds. Savio finished with a game-best 10 ground balls.

Scanlan finished one off his career-high with four goals and also had an assist for five points.

Stover made nine saves in the first half and had his ninth-straight game with 10 or more saves, finishing with 15 in the win.

Kevin Lindley dodged off the wing for the game’s first goal, putting Loyola (6-2 overall, 3-0 Patriot League) on the board 3:43 into the first quarter, and Savio sparked the next goal.

He won the ensuing faceoff cleanly and threw it to Spencer who dropped it to Scanlan for a shot that went through the Bucknell goalkeeper’s legs eight seconds after Lindley’s tally. It was one of four times that Savio faceoff wins would lead directly to goals in less than 15 seconds.

Only 55 seconds after Scanlan’s goal, Spencer fed from behind the goal while Loyola was on extra-man, and he hit a cutting Lindley for a goal at 10:04.

Loyola made it a four-goal lead with 30 seconds left in the first quarter as John Duffy split dodged a defender and threw to Spencer on the low left side for his first goal of the day. The Greyhounds added another goal before the end of the quarter as Savio won the draw and threw to Peter Swindell who found Spencer. He redirected a pass to Scanlan for a goal with 17 ticks left in the frame to make it a 5-0 Greyhounds lead.

A faceoff win to open the second quarter on a goal by Spencer on the left wing off a Swindell assist pushed the advantage to 6-0 only 13 ticks into the frame, but Bucknell (2-7, 1-3) would score three of the next four goals to get within four at halftime.

Tom Smith scored unassisted for the Bison at 9:27, but after a Savio faceoff win, Spencer caught a Swindell pass, spun around a defender and nailed a shot from 10 yards out to make it 7-1 Loyola 10 ticks after Smith’s goal.

The Bison, however, got the final two goals of the second quarter as Will Yorke scored unassisted with 8:15 on the clock and Tommy Sopko used a Yorke pass to get Bucknell within four, 7-3, with 1:47 on the clock.

Loyola and Bucknell traded goals one-for-one for the remainder of the game with neither team scoring two in a row.

Swindell and Spencer had goals in the third quarter, Spencer’s coming on extra-man, and Spencer tallied a goal early in the fourth quarter, followed by two goals from Scanlan to secure the win.

Sopko finished with three goals and an assist for the Bison, while Christian Klipstein had 20 saves in goal.

Thanks in large part to Savio’s work at the faceoff dot, Loyola had a 35-25 edge in ground balls. Bucknell took 43 shots to Loyola’s 40.

The Greyhounds return to Ridley Athletic Complex to play their next three games, starting with a 1 p.m. contest on Saturday, March 30, against Colgate University.