A decision on whether sophomore Grant Limone, freshman Jacob Stover or junior Sam Beazell will start at goalie for No. 17 Loyola Maryland in Wednesday's afternoon matinee at Georgetown has not yet been made. But coach Charley Toomey knows what he is looking for from whoever mans the cage.
"We're looking for the guy who's going to spark the defense," he said Tuesday morning. "Obviously, every coach wants consistency, but this isn't pinned on one position. This is on the defensive end, and we're looking for a spark right now. At some positions, your depth chart isn't quite as deep as it is, and quite honestly in our goal position, we feel good about those guys that we have. It's a tricky situation. I know everybody wants to get in there and get this fixed quickly, but we have to give whoever is in there a better opportunity to get his feet under him. That's just something, we haven't done a great job defensively."
Limone, who has a 9.20 goals-against average and a .491 save percentage in seven starts for the Greyhounds (4-3), surrendered five goals without making a stop in the first quarter against Patriot League rival Navy on Saturday and was promptly pulled for Stover. Stover, a Hunt Valley resident and McDonogh graduate, made four saves and allowed five goals in the final three periods of a 10-9 loss to the Midshipmen.
"I was encouraged because he did everything that we see in practice," Toomey said of Stover. "He made a few saves, he was very good in the clearing game and for a freshman, he played with poise. I just thought that we started to play better in front of him. He didn't give anything up that I wouldn't expect him to save. He saved all the things we would have hoped. But again, we had breakdowns in our defense where guys stepped up from about 14 yards with their hands free and they went in, and it was no different from what I saw from Grant."
The outlook is not as clouded for senior attackman Zach Herreweyers (11 goals and five assists in 2016), who is not expected to play after suffering a head injury with 13 minutes, 23 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Junior Jordan Germershausen, who replaced Herreweyers in that game, is poised to start against the Hoyas (1-6).
"He does it every day in practice," Toomey said of Germershausen, who has scored two goals this spring. "He plays extra-man for us, so it's not like he doesn't play in games. He has started games here for us. … We see it every day in practice, and you just hope it translates on game day when he gets that opportunity to go out there in the first quarter."