On today’s Lax Goalie Rat Podcast episode, Coach Damon sits down to chat with Syracuse women’s goalie Kimber Hower.
Kimber earned the starting role for the Orange in 2022 taking over for long-time Cuse great Asa Goldstock. Hower split time with Delaney Sweitzer at the start of the year but would eventually secure the starting gig when Syracuse faced off against Duke at the mid-point of the season.
In 2022, Hower finished with an 11.72 GAA, .373 save % with 193 saves and helped lead the Cuse women’s squad to an NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals birth where they would eventually lose to Northwestern.
Kimber played her high school lacrosse for Brighton High School in Cottonwood Height’s, Utah. Howard was named state MVP and a two-time all-state 1st-team athlete.
Hower was certainly a hot commodity coming out of Brighton High School. She was rated the No. 4 incoming freshman goalie and the No. 29 incoming freshman overall in the nation by Inside Lacrosse and even earned an invitation to the 2019 U.S. U19 Women’s Training Camp.
Kimber started her college career at North Carolina and uniquely enough decided to graduate high school a year early to attend UNC as a 17-year-old.
She would spend her freshman year as a redshirt learning behind UNC greats Elise Hennesey and Taylor Moreno. As she spoke about on the podcast this was imperative for her learning how to adjust to life as a D1 college athlete.
During her time at UNC Hower served as the primary backup to All-American and National Goalie of the Year Taylor Moreno.
However, Kimber realized that her dream was to be a starting goalie at a D1 college program and knew that that dream wouldn’t be recognized at UNC. So she made the decision to enter the transfer portal and she would take her talents to the Carrier Dome to play with the Orange.
Kimber is a huge advocate for mental health, especially as it pertains to student-athletes. She has even written an article on her own struggles with mental health in the past and how she fell out of and back in love with the sport of lacrosse.
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