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Spencer repeats at Patriot League OPOY

Pat Spencer is the first player in Patriot League history to be named Offensive Player of the Year both his freshman and sophomore seasons.

Pat Spencer keeps making history at Loyola. The sophomore attackman repeated as the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, making him the first player in league history to win the award both his freshman and sophomore seasons.

This season he leads the Patriot League with 5.46 points and 3.54 assists per game this year. Spencer is top in NCAA Division I with 46 assists, which are third in Loyola single-season history. His 71 total points are tied for the fifth most in a Greyhounds’ season. Spencer also leads Loyola with 25 points while shooting .391-percent, helping lead Loyola to another Patriot League regular season championship.

Spencer was not alone on this year’s All-Patriot League awards list, however. Including Spencer, six total Greyhounds earned All-Patriot League honors this season. Senior Midfielder Brian Sherlock joined Spencer on the All-Patriot League First Team while four Greyhounds earned second team honors.

Sherlock is just the fourth player in Patriot League history to be a four-time First Team All-League player, joining Tim Pearson (US Military Academy, 1999-2002), Austin Winter (Bucknell, 2007-2010), and Peter Baum (Colgate, 2010-2013).

Sherlock is third on the team with 20 goals and fourth on the team with 24 points this year. Both are team bests among midfielders. Sherlock has been a three-year Loyola captain and has 92 goals and 46 assists for 138 points in his career. Among active NCAA Division I midfielders, Sherlock is the goal-scoring leader. His 92 goals over his four years ranked 14th in school history.

Junior short-stick defensive midfielder Brian Begley, senior defender Jack Carrigan, senior midfielder Romar Dennis and sophomore attackman Alex McGovern were all second team All-Patriot League selections.

Begley is as consistent as they come when it comes to serving as a short-stick defensive midfielder and is the only at his position to be named to earn 2017 All-League honors. Begley finished with 23 ground balls and six caused turnovers and was a shutdown one-on-one defender. Begley’s impact in the transition game has led Loyola to rank third in national clearing-percentage. Offensively, he has seven goals and one assist this year.

Carrigan once again anchored Loyola’s close defense as a three-year starter. This year he has 21 caused turnovers and 37 ground balls. Down the stretch, as he helped lead Loyola to a Patriot League regular season championship, he had 12 ground balls and six caused turnovers in the final two regular-season games. Over his career, Carrigan has 116 ground balls and 63 caused turnovers, ranking fifth in Loyola history.

Dennis earned Second Team honors for a second-straight season. He had 14 goals and seven assists this year, but a speed, quickness, and athleticism that helps open up the entire offense near the crease. In four years he has 81 points on 52 goals and 29 assists.

McGovern joined Loyola after transferring from North Carolina and made his name known in the very first game this season by leading Loyola in points. This year he ranked second in total points, goals, and assists with 21 scores, 18 helpers, and 39 total points. His 3.0 points per game rank seventh in the Patriot League while his 1.38 assists per game ranked eighth.

Also earning Patriot League honors were Navy seniors Chris Fennell, Matt Rees and Brady Dove as well as sophomore Greyson Torain.

Fennell, the 2015 and 2016 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, was once again one of the elite long stick players in the league and earned First-Team All-Patriot League honors for a third straight season. Fennell is third all time on Navy’s caused turnovers list with 65, and 12 this season. He also had 33 ground balls in 2017 and 125 for his career.

Rees joined Fennell in helping make for one of the league’s top defenses. He too is a three-time All-League selection. He led Navy with 26 caused turnovers to go with 48 ground balls. Rees also contributed pretty heavily on the offense and scored eight goals on the year.

Torain proved to be Navy’s most dynamic offensive player this season. He led the team’s midfield unit with 21 goals to go with 14 interceptions. He also scooped up 28 ground balls on the year. No midfielder scored more points in the Patriot League this season than Torain did.

Dove proved to be the league’s top faceoff specialists and was the only at his position to get all-league honors. He is Navy’s all-time record holder with 626 faceoff wins and stands third all-time in league history. Dove went 158-for-236 this year from the X, winning 66.9-percent of his takes. He also led Navy with 91 ground balls.

Loyola will host the Patriot League Semifinals and Championship game at Ridley Athletic Complex this weekend. The Greyhounds will take on the lowest remaining seed on Friday at 4:30 pm. The Championship game is scheduled for Sunday at 1 pm. Navy will host Holy Cross on Tuesday in the quarterfinals.

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