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Spencer Sets NCAA Record As Men’s Lacrosse Beats Syracuse In NCAA First Round

Courtesy of Loyola Maryland Athletic Communications

 – Loyola University Maryland's Pat Spencer had three goals and six assists on Saturday, setting a NCAA career record in the process, as he led a Greyhounds' 7-0 run that put them in front for a 15-13 victory over visiting Syracuse University in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Championships at Ridley Athletic Complex.
Spencer's sixth and final assist of the game, coming on a P.J. brown goal with 11:02 left in regulation to tie the game at 12-12, pushed his career total to 226, breaking the NCAA record of 225 set from 2012-2015 by the University at Albany's Lyle Thompson.
During the first half, Spencer moved past another former Albany player, Connor Fields (2015-18), for sole possession of second-place in career points. Spencer now has 369 points, passing Fields who had 364, and is behind only Thompson's 400.
As a team, Loyola turned a 12-8 deficit into a 15-12 lead with a 7-0 run that spanned more than 17 minutes in the third and fourth quarters. The win advanced the Greyhounds to the NCAA Quarterfinal where they will play the winner of tomorrow's game between Penn State University and UMBC. Loyola will play that team on Sunday, May 19, at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut.
The Orange (9-5 overall) took a 12-8 lead on a David Lipka goal with 3:31 to play, but Loyola (12-4) went man-up on the ensuing faceoff as a Syracuse player was called for a slash.
Spencer threw a skip pass to Aidan Olmstead on the low right side, and he finished his shot low for his second goal of the day. Loyola went on extra-man again with a push on the sidelines after the Greyhounds won the next faceoff. At the end of that opportunity, Olmstead threw across the crease to Chase Scanlan, and he scored his second of the day to bring the Greyhounds within two, 12-10, with 1:48 left in the third quarter.
Less than two minutes into the fourth quarter, Spencer tied Thompson's assist record with a feed to Kevin Lindley for a crease finish, and he then found Brown in space on the top left where he scored from with 11:02 on the clock, tying the game at 12-12.
Brown had the go-ahead goal with 8:19 on the clock, using a John Duffy pass to make it 13-12. His second tally of the game matched his season-high from April 20 at the U.S. Military Academy.
Dan Wigley added to the lead just over 30 seconds later, dodging from 'X' and beating Syracuse goalkeeper off-hip at the near pipe. That goal pushed the score to 14-12 with 7:46 on the clock.
Over the next six-plus minutes, Jacob Stover had a save on Syracuse's lone shot on goal, and Cam Wyers and Ryan McNulty both caused turnovers for the Greyhounds as they held the Orange off the board.
Spencer added his third goal of the game with 1:11 left in regulation, providing extra padding to the lead. The Orange scored the game's final tally as Stephen Rehfuss used a Nate Solomon assist to finish a transition run with 21 ticks on the clock.
Stover finished the game with 17 saves, one off his season-high and two off the most in his career.
Bailey Savio's play at the faceoff 'X' was also critical for Loyola during its comeback. Syracuse won 7 of 10 first-quarter faceoffs and 10 of 18 overall in the first half, but Savio won all six restarts in the third quarter, 4 of 7 in the fourth and finished the game 18 of 31 with 10 ground balls. During the 7-0 run, Savio won 5 of 7 faceoffs.
Syracuse opened up a 3-1 lead in the first quarter as Brendan Curry struck first before John Duffy used an Olmstead assist to score Loyola's first of the game 5:23 into the game. Pat Carlin and Peter Dearth, however, had goals over the next four minutes to give the Orange a two-goal advantage.
Loyola reeled off three in a row as Olmstead tallied one off a Spencer pass, and Duffy and Spencer both scored unassisted to put Loyola in front, 4-3, with 1:14 left in the first quarter. Nine seconds later, Brett Kennedy picked up a ground ball off the faceoff and scored to even the score for Syracuse, but Scanlan used a Spencer feed to tally a goal with less than 15 seconds on the clock, and Loyola led 5-4 at the end of the high-scoring first quarter.
Syracuse came out with three goals in the first four minutes, 16 seconds of the second quarter with Jamie Trimboli, Jacob Buttermore and Solomon scoring to make it 7-5 Orange.
Spencer tallied his second unassisted goal at 9:52 for Loyola, but Rehfuss came back with a tally of his own at 6:01 to stretch the lead back to two, 8-6, with 6:01 left in the second quarter. This time, it was the Greyhounds' turn to score off a faceoff as McNulty grabbed a ground ball dodged inside of five yards and scored underhanded to make it a one-goal game at 5:53.
Curry notched his second of the half with 4:27 on the clock, and the game was 9-7 in Syracuse's favor going into halftime.

Coming out of the break, Solomon and Timboli scored at 11:20 and 9:14, respectively, for Syracuse before Lindley tallied his first at 8:39 in the third quarter, but Lipka's goal with 3:31 to go in the stanza made it a four-goal lead for the Orange.
Syracuse had a 28-16 shot-advantage in the first half, but the Orange ended up outshooting the Greyhounds just 49-45. Similarly, Syracuse had 31 first-half ground balls to Loyola's 19, but the game ended with that statistical category tied at 44-44.
Spencer's three goals, six assists and nine points led all players. Olmstead finished with two goals and two assists, while Scanlan and Duffy each had two goals and an assist. Lindley and Brown each scored twice, as well for Loyola.
In addition to his positions on the NCAA career charts, Spencer broke his own school single-season points record (94, 2018) and is the first Loyola player to post 100 or more in a season (now 103). He also broke his own single-season assists record (59, 2018) and now has 60 this season.
Savio had 10 ground balls to lead all players, but Spencer also contributed a career-high seven. John Railey finished with four ground balls and a caused turnover, while McNulty posted four and two; Wyers had three ground balls and two caused turnovers, and Stover had four off the ground, too.