Junior attackman Pat Spencer, a Tewaaraton Award finalist last year for the Loyola Maryland men's lacrosse team, was named a nominee for the 2018 honor Thursday.
Junior attackman Pat Spencer, a Tewaaraton Award finalist last year for the Loyola Maryland men's lacrosse team, was named a nominee for the 2018 honor Thursday. (Ulysses Munoz / Baltimore Sun)

The Maryland and Loyola Maryland men's lacrosse programs had two players each selected among the 25 nominees for the Tewaaraton Award on Thursday afternoon.

Senior midfielder Connor Kelly and sophomore attackman Jared Bernhardt represent the No. 3 Terps (10-2, 3-1 Big Ten). Kelly leads the team in goals (36), assists (29) and points (65) and ranks seventh in Division I in points per game (5.4). Bernhardt ranks second on the team in goals (30) and points (42) and is tied for eighth in the nation in man-up goals (seven).

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The No. 8 Greyhounds (10-3, 7-1 Patriot League) are represented by senior defenseman Foster Huggins and junior attackman Pat Spencer. Huggins leads the country in caused turnovers per game (3.4) and was named the conference's Defensive Player of the Year. Spencer, a Davidsonville resident and Boys' Latin graduate who was a finalist for the Tewaaraton last season, ranks third in Division I in assists per game (3.7) and fifth in points per game (5.9) and became the first player in Patriot League history to win the Offensive Player of the Year award in each of his first three seasons.

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No. 7 Johns Hopkins (9-3, 3-1 Big Ten) has a semifinalist in senior midfielder Joel Tinney. He leads the team in assists (28) and points (43) and ranks 15th in the nation in assists per game (2.3).

Towson (5-7, 2-2 Colonial Athletic Association) is represented by junior short-stick defensive midfielder Zach Goodrich. He leads the team in caused turnovers (15) and has 26 ground balls and two goals.

Maryland and Loyola Maryland are tied with No. 4 Denver, No. 5 Albany and No. 13 Virginia for the most nominees. The Pioneers have senior faceoff specialist Trevor Baptiste and sophomore attackman Ethan Walker, the Great Danes are represented by sophomore faceoff specialist TD Ierlan and senior attackman Connor Fields, and the Cavaliers have sophomore midfielder Dox Aitken and sophomore attackman Michael Kraus.

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