CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Loyola University Maryland freshman men's lacrosse player Pat Spencer became he first player in conference history to earn Patriot League Offensive Player and Rookie of the Year honors outright in the same season, the League office announced on Monday afternoon.
Spencer, who leads Loyola into the Patriot League Championships with team-highs of 58 points and 35 assists, was also one of three Greyhounds to earn All-Patriot League First Team honors. Three others were named to the All-Patriot League Second Team.
Loyola was represented on the First Team by Spencer, junior midfielder Brian Sherlock and sophomore defender Foster Huggins. Senior attacker Zach Herreweyers, junior midfielder Romar Dennis and senior defender David Manning earned Second Team recognition.
Spencer and Sherlock were both unanimous First Team picks, and Spencer was the unanimous Rookie of the Year. Spencer is the first player to win both awards in the same season outright; the U.S. Military Academy's Tim Pearson was the League's Co-Offensive Player and Rookie of the Year in 1999.
Spencer, who played high school at nearby Boys' Latin School of Maryland, joined the Loyola starting lineup for the first game of the season and immediately became one of the nation's top point-producers. He has tallied two or more points in all 13 of the Greyhounds' regular-season games and is currently second in all of NCAA Division I with 2.69 assists per game.
On Friday night in the Greyhounds' 12-6 victory over Army West Point, Spencer tied the Loyola freshman record for points in a season, matching the 58 put up by Dave Kasemeyer in 1984. He also moved into a tie for seventh in Greyhounds single-season history with 35 assists, matching Justin Ward's 2013 total.
He has scored 23 goals this year and has eight multi-goal outings to go with nine games that he tallied two or more assists. Spencer ranks eighth nationally in points per game (4.46) and is the only national freshman in the top-30 of that statistical category.
Sherlock, a junior from Long Island, represents Loyola on the All-Patriot League First Team for the third time in as many years after scoring 28 points during the regular-season with 18 goals and 10 assists. Earlier this month, he crossed the 100-point mark for his career, and he now has 105 through 45 games as a Greyhound.
This season, Sherlock has tallied at least one point in 12-of-13 games, and he has scored two or more points nine times. He also has been a consistent player on the faceoff wings for Loyola and has 16 ground balls through the end of the regular-season.
In his first season as a starter on the Greyhounds' defensive unit, Huggins has become the team's top cover defender. The sophomore from Dallas, Texas, has moved into a role of matching up with the opponents' top ball-handler and/or scorer.
Huggins has also shown the ability to put the ball on the ground for Loyola. He leads the team and is seventh in the Patriot League with 13 caused turnovers, a number that matches his 2016 groundball total.
Herreweyers earned a spot on the Second Team after missing significant time during the middle of the League schedule due to an injury. The senior attacker from London, Ontario, has been the team's top goal scorer for the last three weeks, pouring in 12 goals since returning to full-strength. He had a season-high five on Friday night against Army West Point to bring his 2016 total to a team-high tying 23. In 37 career games, Herreweyers now has 19 hat tricks.
Dennis picked up his first career All-Patriot League honors after cementing his reputation as one of the conference's hardest shooters and challenging players to cover in the midfield. He has scored 10 goals and assisted on three this year. He had a key caused turnover and groundball on April 16 against Boston University, gaining possession back for the Greyhounds to set up the winning goal.
Manning returned from a season-ending injury last season to start every game on close defense for Loyola. As one of the League's top interior defenders, Manning has caused 10 turnovers while picking up 16 goals. In his role as a communicator and traffic-director, he has helped Loyola's defense rank among the nation's best this season. As a unit, the Greyhounds currently are 12th in Division I with an 8.15 goals allowed per game average.
Loyola, which has a 10-3 overall record and went 7-1 in Patriot League during the regular-season, enters the Patriot League Championships as the No. 2 seed. The Greyhounds will play Bucknell University, Army West Point or Lehigh University in a semifinal on Friday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m. The game will air nationally on CBS Sports Network.