UMBC transfer Stockton thriving at Jacksonville
Had Bobby Stockton elected to remain at UMBC, the senior midfielder would have led the team in goals this season.
Instead, Stockton’s 14 goals pace Jacksonville, the school to which he transferred after the 2010 campaign.
“The transition so far has been good,” Stockton said last week. “I’m liking my team. We haven’t started up as well as we wanted to yet, but we’re about to get into our conference now, so this is where the season starts. I think we’re going to be good.”
Stockton, who hails from the Jacksonville area, registered 12 goals and three assists for the Retrievers last spring, but decided that a parting of ways was best for him and coach Don Zimmerman.
“It’s just that me and the coach didn’t see eye-to-eye on some things, and I think I just needed a change,” Stockton said.
The Dolphins are 3-5, which doesn’t sound great but is somewhat better than UMBC’s 1-4 mark thus far. Stockton, who said he’s still tight with a few of his former teammates, including senior attackman Jamie Kimbles, said he was aware of the Retrievers’ struggles.
“I haven’t been following them as much as I should, but I know they’re a young program now because they lost several people, including some people from my class,” Stockton said. “I knew it was going to be hard on them this year, but I wish the best for them.”