Pat Spencer Reflects on His Time on Lake Avenue
Four-time US Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-American, four-time Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, three-time Tewaaraton finalist and 2019 winner, a current member of the Northwestern Men's Basketball team: this impressive resume belongs to Boys' Latin alum, Patrick Spencer '15.
This fall, we were fortunate enough to catch up with him, as well as Bob Shriver '69 (former BL varsity lacrosse coach and current middle school science teacher), and Cliff Rees (current varsity basketball coach). As the three of them chatted, Spencer reflected on his time competing on Lake Avenue, and the coaches spoke about Pat's contributions both on and off the field and court. Click here to watch the video.
Every day, from freshman through senior years, Spencer traveled from Davidsonville to Lake Avenue, a one hour trip each way, to attend Boys' Latin. During his time at BL, he participated in both basketball and lacrosse, however, he did not make varsity in either sport until his junior year. This was uncommon in the MIAA, especially for such a stellar athlete. Coaches Shriver and Rees both believed that Spencer’s time on JV enabled him to learn many valuable lessons, develop leadership skills, and help him become the remarkable player he is today.
In Coach Rees' words, "[Pat] did exactly what we told him to do on each respective team: learn how to be a leader. When he came in [on varsity] his junior year, he did it leaps and bounds above anything that we could have possibly expected."
Despite the long trips to and from school and playing JV as an underclassman, Spencer never gave up, nor complained. He was motivated, supported his teammates, worked hard to perfect his craft, became one of the greatest lacrosse players of this generation, and is now playing Division I basketball at the highest level for Northwestern University.
Throughout his journey, Spencer valued his family, his friends, and his time on Lake Avenue. "I've been lucky enough to have two incredible coaches here, and without them, I wouldn't be where I am today," he says. "I'm thankful for the people that have been supportive all along: the coaches, family members, and friends. It's been an incredible journey, and I'm so lucky to still have these people behind me today. Those relationships mean so much, and I think that is why BL is such a special place."
Recently, Northwestern University did a promotional piece on Pat. His competitive spirit and sportsmanship continue; we couldn't be prouder. Click here