CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Three Loyola University Maryland men's lacrosse players earned Corvias Patriot League Weekly Awards on Monday, two days after the Greyhounds opened the season with an 11-4 win at then-No. 8 University of Virginia.
Albrecht was the Greyhounds' top goal scorer on Saturday, tallying three goals on five shots. His goal total was one off his career-high. Albrecht's first goal came in transition after he caught and over-the-top feed from Limone and ran from the top of the defensive box to score at 3:56 in the first quarter. He then tallied goals in the third and fourth quarters to help increase the Greyhounds' advantage.
Limone stood out between the pipes against the Cavaliers, making 14 saves while allowing a career-low four goals. He faced a total of 40 Virginia shots, 18 that were put on goal. The sophomore turned all but four away and helped Loyola lead by three or more for nearly 53 minutes of the contest. Virginia's four goals were its fewest since 2005, a span of 172 games. He also picked up three ground balls and recorded his first career offensive point with an assist on an Albrecht goal.
Spencer made a splash in his first collegiate game for the Greyhounds, starting on attack and scoring two goals while assisting on another pair. The freshman from Davidsonville, Maryland, was involved in both of Loyola's first two goals, assisting on Zack Sirico's opening score and then tallying one himself at 8:09 in the first. He became the first Loyola player to score twice in his collegiate debut since Stephen Brundage tallied a pair on Feb. 24, 2001, in an 8-7 in at the University of Delaware.
The awards are the first of Albrecht and Spencer's career, while it is the fourth of Limone's brief career.
Also, Jason Crane was named to the weekly honor roll. Crane was responsible for tracking the Cavaliers' top returning attack,er Ryan Lukacovic, and held him to just one goal. Crane also caused a turnover and picked up two groundballs.
As a team, the Greyhounds moved up to No. 8 in both the Cascade/Inside Lacrosse media and the Nike/USILA coaches' polls.
Loyola returns to the field on Saturday, Feb. 20, for its home opener. The Greyhounds host Johns Hopkins University at 1 p.m. at Ridley Athletic Complex. Go to LoyolaGreyhounds.com/tickets to order tickets.