Three Men’s Lacrosse Players Earn Inside Lacrosse All-America Honors
BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland’s Pat Spencer and Foster Huggins were named to the Inside Lacrosse All-America First Team, and Jay Drapeau earned third-team recognition, the publication announced Sunday night.
The trio will lead the Greyhounds into the NCAA Quarterfinals when they will face Yale University on Saturday, May 19, at Hofstra University. Loyola won its first-round game last night with a 14-12 victory over the University of Virginia.
Spencer, who earlier in the week was named a finalist for the Tewaaraton Award for the second-straight year, set two Loyola single-season records against Virginia. He broke his own single-season school and Patriot League record with 58 assists, and he snapped the school mark for points of 89, held by Gary Hanley since 1981. With his 33 goals, he 91 points in 2018. Twenty-five of his 32 even-strength goals (78.1 percent) have been unassisted this season, and 55 of his assists have come at even-strength.
Last month, the Loyola junior became the third player in Patriot League history to win three Offensive Player of the Year awards and the first to earn the recognition in his first three years. During the season, he set the Patriot League career records for points and assists, and he also moved into first all-time at Loyola in assists.
This season, Spencer, who was also a first-team honoree last season by Inside Lacrosse, has six games with seven or more points, including three with nine or better. He tied Hanley’s school single-game record with 12 points in a March win at Navy, and he has tallied two or more points in every game of 2018. He has at least one point in all 50 of his collegiate games with two or more in 48 games.
Huggins has been one of the nation’s top players this year as both a takeaway and cover defender. He garnered Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year recognition after earning a record six Defensive Player of the Week honors.
The senior from Dallas, Texas, leads NCAA Division I in caused turnovers (51) and caused turnovers per game (3.19). His 51 takeaways rank fifth in NCAA single-season history. He has 12 games this year with three or more caused turnovers, 14 with two-plus. Last month, he was a
In six-on-six defense, Huggins has held players such as Virginia’s Michael Kraus (one goal during regular-season, one goal in NCAA First Round), Johns Hopkins’ Shack Stanwick (one goal) and Duke’s Justin Guterding (one goal) well below their 2018 averages.
Drapeau was a First-Team All-Patriot League honoree and leads the Greyhounds in goals scored this season. His 41 tallies are the most by a Loyola midfielder in a season, and they rank third amongst national midfielders this year.
The senior from Westford, Massachusetts, has scored at least once in all 16 games this year, and he has two or more points in every outing. Drapeau entered the 2018 season with 36 career goals and four hat tricks. He has built on those numbers this year with seven hat tricks, and his 2.56 goals per game rank 20th in NCAA Division I.
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