VanThof, Spencer Named To Tewaaraton Award Watch Lists
NEW YORK -
Loyola University Maryland men's lacrosse senior Pat Spencer and women's lacrosse junior Taylor VanThof have been named to the 2018 Tewaaraton Award Watch Lists, as announced by The Tewaaraton Foundation Thursday evening.
The list includes the top players across all three divisions of NCAA lacrosse and highlight the early contenders for the 2018 Tewaaraton Award.
A Tewaaraton finalist in 2017, Spencer has continued his status as one of the top offensive players in the men's game. He earned first-team All-America recognition from both the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) and Inside Lacrosse a year ago and is a member of the USILA Player to Watch List this year. He is fourth among NCAA Division I active players in points per game (5.0) and second in assists per game (3.05).
On Wednesday, Spencer moved into sole possession of third in career points at Loyola with 190 in just 38 career games; with two more, he will tie Pat Lamon (1983-86) for second. He is also third in career assists (116) and four behind Justin Ward (2011-14) for second. Spencer is a two-time Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year after recording 89 points - tying the school single-season record - as a freshman in 2016 and then 83 last season.
VanThof had a breakout season for the Greyhounds last year and is rated as one of the top-two draw specialists in the NCAA heading into this season. An ILWomen Preseason All-America Second Team honoree, VanThof is coming off a season where she finished second in the NCAA in draw controls per game, averaging 8.59. Her 146 draw controls last year broke Loyola's all-time single-season record, and also the Patriot League's, while her 21 draw controls against Colgate stood as the most in a single-game nationally in 2017 and tied for the second most in all-time NCAA history.
The Livonia, New York, native is currently third on Loyola's all-time career records for draw controls, with 173. She's also accumulated 26 goals, eight assists, 34 points, 23 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers throughout her career. She has earned All-Patriot League First Team and IWLCA All-Mid-Atlantic Region Second Team honors as a midfielder.
Both teams have road games on Saturday, as the men are at Holy Cross for a noon faceoff, and the women take on No. 13 Penn State at 1 p.m.