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Loyola Greyhounds freshman goalie Jacob Stover emerged as one of the team’s top players. After taking over the starting job, Stover played a key role in helping Loyola reach the NCAA Division I national semifinals. He went 10-2 as the starter and allowed 7.80 goals per game with a .569 save percentage. Stover, the son of former Ravens kicker Matt Stover, earned three letters at McDonogh, where he was named to the MIAA A conference First Team in 2015.
PressBox: How did you get better as the season progressed?
Jacob Stover: I watched a ton of film, and I stayed after practice to take shots [from other Loyola players]. I became more comfortable in the cage once I knew I had earned the trust of my teammates. Coach [Charley] Toomey and I would watch film and figure out the tendencies of each offensive player we were playing against. I worked harder to learn the defensive calls and sets, so I could vocally lead the defense during games. I started to enjoy the games more and had fun playing, which allowed me to be more relaxed and focus on the ball.
PB: As a former goalie, what type of advice did Coach Toomey provide during the season?
JS: Coach Toomey and I would meet before practice on Monday’s to discuss the defensive breakdowns and goals allowed during the most recent game. He really helped me break down and fix my goalie form. He also helped me process my decision-making while I was in the cage and gave me confidence in my ability. He always said, “Go enjoy the moment and ignore all the distractions that can prevent you from being at your best.” He told me before the semifinals game to block out everything above the top pipe of the goal.
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