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Boys' Latin grad leads lacrosse, basketball teams to notable seasons

On Boys' Latin's unbeaten national championship lacrosse team in 2014, Patrick Spencer's role was to blend in with ¿ rather than stand out from ¿ a slew of talented seniors.

On Boys' Latin's unbeaten national championship lacrosse team in 2014, Patrick Spencer's role was to blend in with — rather than stand out from — a slew of talented seniors.

"There was remarkable talent around him," said Boys' Latin coach Bob Shriver, who retired following the 2015 season. "We had six Division I middies."

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The Lakers also boasted the top Division-I recruit in Shack Stanwick, whose graduation left a void on the attack unit that Spencer was destined to fill.

The 2015 Baltimore Messenger male lacrosse Player of the Year met the challenge, ironically, by using basketball skills to hone his craft with a stick.

A Baltimore Sun All-metro pick, Spencer often played point guard for the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference champions on the court by skillfully running the offense.

“The similarities from basketball to lacrosse were almost eerie,” Shriver said.

Spencer had the same role for the lacrosse team, leading the 15-5 Lakers in goals (41) and assists (49).

“He was drawing everybody’s No. 1 defenseman and put up remarkable numbers,” Boys’ Latin offensive coordinator Gene Ubriaco said. “Patrick was our go-to guy. We used him in so many different ways. The most important thing is he brought stability to our offense. Any time we needed a goal or a big play, Patrick would be the guy we went through. He makes everybody else better.”

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Spencer will play for the South All-Stars in the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Game July 3 (8 p.m.) at Towson University’s Johnny Unitas Stadium.

The game will be televised on ESPNU and features five other players from the Baltimore area, including Loyola Blakefield’s Ryan Conrad, Calvert Hall’s Timmy Kelly, McDonogh’s Jacob Stover and Alex McGovern of St. Paul’s.

St. Paul's goalie AJ Barretto was also selected to play, but is committed to fulfilling summer military obligations prior to his first year at West Point.

“There are so many more guys are deserving to be selected,” Spencer said. “It’s an incredible honor. I just want to go out, enjoy the atmosphere and have fun.”

Spencer, who chose Loyola University Maryland over Villanova and Fairfield universities, said he felt more comfortable this year as a leader compared to his junior campaign when he was a co-captain, scoring 30 goals and adding as many assists in his first season as a starter for the 18-0 Lakers.

"I took on more of a leadership role," Spencer said. "I pushed the guys to do the right thing and to understand what needed to be done for us to be successful."

Spencer had some eye-catching games, starting when he scored the game-winner in Lakers’ 9-8 double-overtime victory over Gilman on April 18.

He had outstanding efforts against Loyola Blakefield as well, totaling seven goals and seven assists in a two-game sweep of the Dons.

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“He had so many remarkable games, but his performances against Loyola were impressive,” Ubriaco said. “I don’t think we have ever beaten Loyola twice in one year. He really came up big in both Loyola games.”

Shriver said when his Lakers went through a drought in a game, Spencer often helped them quench their thirst for goals.

“Patrick kick-started our offense when it was stuck in the muck,” Shriver explained.”He was ridiculously gifted with both hands. Then you add that to his size and considerable athleticism. That’s a pretty good combination to have.”

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