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Of the game-high 16 saves Jacob Stover made in No. 7 seed Loyola Maryland's 16-11 victory over Duke in Saturday's NCAA tournament first-round contest at Ridley Athletic Complex in Baltimore, one stood out as the freshman goalkeeper's most impressive.

In transition, Justin Guterding found himself with the ball and all alone against Stover with the Blue Devils trailing 12-8 late in the third quarter. The sophomore attackman, who entered the game leading his team in points (69) and ranked second in goals (41), threw a few fakes but his shot glanced off of Stover's shoulder and out of harm's way.

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"One-on-ones and the 3-on-2 situations like that, it's fun because, I don't even know how to say it," said Stover, a Hunt Valley resident and McDonogh graduate. "It's fun, it's exciting because you're the last line of defense and when he came down, I knew I just had to make myself big. You have Pat Spencer and you have Zach Herreweyers shooting at you during practice, and they do all their maneuvers and stuff like that to try to make you bite. I just knew that I had to stay big, and it hit right off the shoulder."

As Stover said, he has gained experience in those 1-on-1 situations thanks to a drill the Greyhounds run in practice in which he must turn back teammates like Spencer (Boys' Latin), the freshman who set a program Division I record for points (79) and Herreweyers, the senior who scored six goals against Duke.

"I would say that's a situation he sees an awful lot," coach Charley Toomey said. "… It usually finishes with one of these two guys on the backside in 1-on-1 situations. Not that he makes that save every time, but he's been in that situation an awful lot this year."

Circling back to "Three Things to Watch"

1) Contain Duke's Myles Jones. After watching the 6-foot-5, 240-pound senior midfielder compile five goals and three assists in the Blue Devils' 15-6 rout of Loyola on March 12, defensive coordinator Matt Dwan crafted a plan in which long-stick midfielders Ryan Fournier and Zac Davliakos (Severn) would force Jones to catch the ball further away from the cage and begin his dodges there. Jones also committed a game-worst six turnovers, which Duke coach John Danowski attributed to the Greyhounds' ability to apply pressure.

"Very aggressive," Danowski said. "Did a nice job trail-checking, very aggressive when he had the ball. I think not only Myles, but our offense in general, we held onto the ball a little too much. I think we felt that if we had possession of the ball, we were going to score. I don't think anybody didn't feel that way. But I think we held the ball a little too much, and that was a matter of guys wanting to make plays so desperately."

2) Go 50-50 with Duke's Kyle Rowe. The junior has owned Loyola. After winning 82.6 percent (19 of 23) of his faceoffs and picking up 15 ground balls in that regular-season win, Rowe claimed 74.2 percent (23 of 31) of his draws and corralled 17 loose balls Saturday. But the Greyhounds induced Rowe into two turnovers after his faceoff wins, and many of Rowe's wins involved going backward toward his team's cage rather than igniting a transition or unsettled opportunity.

"In losing a faceoff, we really tried to force them to go back toward their goalie, to not give up the breaks," Toomey said. "We got a couple where I thought we were able to put some good pressure on him right away and though they won the faceoff, we were able to get the ball on the ground."

3) Get to Duke's Danny Fowler. The junior goalkeeper needed to make just eight saves in March against Loyola. Fowler made 10 stops Saturday, but he was at times left vulnerable by a defense that was either too slow to slide or never did at all. Spencer said Loyola wanted to attack the Blue Devils and find gaps in their rotations.

"We wanted to test to see if they had any true slides," said Spencer, who finished with three goals and five assists. "A few times, we got some unsettled situations and we attacked the goal. They had that first slide, but the middle opened up for [Herreweyers], who can finish just as well as anybody. Anytime you get him inside with a look, he's going to be dangerous. So I thought we did a good job finding guys."

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