Phillylacrosse, Posted 8/4/21
From Press Release
A pair of highly-decorated Lehigh men’s lacrosse student-athletes are sticking around another year, as long-stick midfielder Teddy Leggett and goaltender James Spence (Springfield-Delco) will be attending graduate school, while returning to the Mountain Hawks’ roster in 2021-22.
Like teammates Crew Cintron, Andrew Eichelberger, Conor Gaffney (Lenape) and Christian McHugh did a year ago, Leggett and Spence will be using the additional year of eligibility granted to all NCAA student-athletes from when the spring, 2020 season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Leggett is enrolled in the Healthcare Systems Engineering Master’s program after earning his undergraduate degree in Bioengineering. A finalist for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award (who was also named a first team Senior CLASS All-American), Leggett has impressed in all areas of his student-athlete experience. Already a two-time captain, he’s been named second team All-Patriot League all three years the awards were given (they weren’t awarded following the shortened 2020 season). As a senior in 2021, Leggett led the Mountain Hawks in caused turnovers (15) and finished second in groundballs (43). With 209 career groundballs, he stands sixth in program history in that category.
Spence is enrolled in the Master’s of Management program after earning his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering. On the field, Spence has started all but one game in goal since arriving on campus. As a freshman and sophomore, he immediately led the Mountain Hawks to back-to-back Patriot League Championship Game, then after the pandemic-shortened 2020 season (in which Lehigh stood 5-1),
Spence put forth his best season to date in leading Lehigh to a perfect league record and NCAA Tournament berth as a senior in 2021. Spence was named an honorable mention All-American by three outlets following the season (USILA, Inside Lacrosse Media and USA Lacrosse Magazine). He finished with a 9.83 goals against average and 56.0 save percentage – good for 15th and 14th in the nation, respectively.
Leggett and Spence will rejoin a highly-talented team that returns its top five scorers from last season, along with the majority of its defense. The Mountain Hawks finished 2020 with a 10-2 record, earning the No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament.