CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Three Loyola University Maryland student-athletes earned Corvias Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse weekly honors after the Greyhounds won a pair of games last week.
Foster Huggins was named the Defensive Player of the Week; Jacob Stover, Goalkeeper of the Week; and, Pat Spencer, Rookie of the Week. The trio was integral in helping the Greyhounds win 10-7 on Wednesday at Georgetown University and then 14-3 Saturday afternoon in Patriot League action against Bucknell University.
Huggins held his two marking responsibilities without a point in the games while totaling six ground balls and three caused turnovers. Against Georgetown, Huggins defended Preseason Second Team All-American Craig Berge, holding him scoreless and limiting him to only one shot.
The sophomore from Dallas, Texas, then marked Bucknell’s leading scorer Will Sands and did not allow him to record a goal or assist. Sands entered the game second in the Patriot League in points and points per game. Huggins also had two caused turnovers and two ground balls against the Hoyas, as well as four and one, respectively, versus the Bison.
Stover made the first two starts of his collegiate career against Georgetown and Bucknell and helped lead the Loyola defense in games that they averaged just five goals allowed. Stover made nine saves on 16 shots on goal Wednesday against the Hoyas and allowed only seven goals.
Three days later, the freshman from Hunt Valley, Maryland, yielded a single goal in more than 49 minutes of action between the pipes. Stover made 12 saves against the 13 shots on goal he faced against Bucknell. Overall, he saved 72.4 percent of shots-on-goal faced, and he had a 4.39 goals against average during the week.
Spencer picked up his third rookie of the week honors of the season while pacing the Greyhounds’ offense with a combined three goals and eight assists. The Davidsonville, Maryland, freshman scored a pair of goals and assisted on two more in the 10-7 victory at Georgetown with one of his goals counting as the eventual game-winner.
He then had a hand in half of the Greyhounds’ 14 goals Saturday against Bucknell. Spencer racked up a career-best six assists and also scored once in the win. He had two caused turnovers, as well, on the ride for Loyola. This season, he leads Loyola in goals (14), assists (23) and points (37) through nine games. He is tops in the Patriot League, fifth nationally and first among national freshmen in assists per game (2.56), and his 4.11 points per game are second in the League, 15th in Division I and also tops among all freshmen.
The awards are the first of both Huggins and Stover’s careers, the third for Spencer.
The Greyhounds return to action on Sunday, April 3, at 12 noon when they face Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, on a national CBS Sports Network broadcast.