BALTIMORE - Fresh off a season in which he tied the school’s single-season record for points, Loyola University Maryland’s Pat Spencer was named the nation’s top freshman by Inside Lacrosse. His classmate, goalkeeper Jacob Stover, earned the No. 9 slot in the publication’s rankings.
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Spencer capped his stellar season by scoring 18 points in three NCAA Tournament games. The Davidsonville, Maryland, native tallied 89 points during his first collegiate season, scoring 37 goals to go with 52 assists.
He tied Gary Hanley’s single-season school points record set in 1981, and he finished one off Justin Ward’s 2014 record of 53 assists. Spencer scored two or more points in all 18 of the Greyhounds’ games, and he had four or more points 14 times.
Spencer averaged 6.3 points over Loyola’s last 10 games of the season, scoring 63 points on 24 goals and 39 assists. He finished the season ranked second nationally in both points (4.94) and assists per game (2.89). He was named the Patriot League Offensive Player and Rookie of the Year, becoming the first player in conference history to earn both honors outright.
The product of Boys Latin School of Maryland was named to the All-America Second Team in voting that took place before his run in the NCAA Championships.
Stover became the Loyola starter between the pipes on Wednesday, March 23, against Georgetown University, helping to spark a 10-game winning streak that carried the Greyhounds into the NCAA Semifinals. He made his collegiate debut against the U.S. Naval Academy four days prior and was the starter in goal from that point forward.
He finished the year ranked sixth in the nation on goals-against average (7.80) and eighth in saves percentage (.569). Both totals checked in as second in the Patriot League statistical standings.
Stover, who prepped at nearby McDonogh School, made 112 saves while allowing 85 goals in just over 654 minutes of action. He had seven double-digit saves efforts while posting a season-best 16 in the NCAA First Round against Duke University.
Including Spencer and Stover, the Patriot League had eight of the 25 freshmen included in the rankings.
The Greyhounds finished their season with a 14-4 record, posting the third-most victories in school history while advancing to the NCAA Semifinals for the fourth time as a Division I program.