La Verne shot an incredible 288 as a team, 15 strokes better than second place Redlands. The Leopards also erased an 8-stroke overall SCIAC championship deficit and now it in first place after three of seven SCIAC rounds. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, who had the lead, shot 317 as a team.
Spencer and DiGiamarino were the only players to shoot under par on the day, carding a 3-under 69 and a 2-under 70, respectively.
Austin Matzaganian and Jason Brown also posted solid scores to add to the lead. Matzaganian posted a 2-over 74 and Brown was right behind with a 3-over 75. Matzaganian is tied for fifth overall and Brown sits in eighth place.
The Leopards return to action tomorrow for the second round.