Six goals from Krampf and 15 saves from Fyock lead St. Mary’s to a win at Gilman

by Dave Larkin

Junior attackman Ian Krampf exploded with six goals and senior goaltender Aleric Fyock sparkled in the net with 15 saves, as visiting and No. 5 St. Mary’s upended No. 7 Gilman, 10-8, in key MIAA A Conference battle, on a cold and blustery afternoon in Roland Park on Tuesday.

St. Mary’s head coach Victor Lilly was both elated and relieved to start the Saints three game “road trip” on a winning note.

“It was important that we respond to some adversity, and I think the kids did that today,” said Lilly.

Coach Lilly explained just how difficult it can be to win on the road in the MIAA.

“The interesting thing with St. Mary’s being down in Anne Arundel County and in Annapolis, every road game, we have to get on a bus and ride up to Baltimore. An hour, an hour and a half ride up, and with three road games in a row, that can be a challenging factor for us. This will be a fun bus ride home.”

Seniors Jack Burnett (A) and King Ripley (M) kick-started the Saints offense, and St. Mary’s jumped out to a 2-0 advantage with only two minutes elapsed in the opening quarter. Krampf then scored his first goal of the game off a feed from senior midfielder Taylor Bohanan, and the Saints led 3-0 with 6:38 left in the first.

Gilman’s junior attackman Logan Lamon and senior midfielder Ryan Gardner scored back-to-back goals, and the Greyhounds grabbed some momentum, trailing only 3-2 after the first stanza.

Turnovers and fouls plagued both teams in a sloppy second quarter, and quality possessions were at a premium. When Gilman’s potent offense tried to find its rhythm, Fyock (15 saves) put up a brick wall and stymied the Greyhounds’ at every turn with a variety of impressive saves. Krampf scored his second goal of the game with an assist from Burnett, and the Saints led 4-2 at the break.

Gilman senior middie Liam Muhly won the opening face-off of the third quarter, sprinted to the cage, and ripped a head-high shot into the back of the net to cut St. Mary’s advantage to 4-3. The Greyhounds’ offense repeatedly tried to pull even and peppered the St. Mary’s goal with a variety of quality shots. Fyock would have none of it. After several outstanding saves he initiated some much-needed clears as he repeatedly left the crease, scampered towards midfield and found open teammates.

Krampf scored the final four goals for St. Mary’s to keep the Greyhound at bay, as St. Mary’s improved to 7-3 overall, and 2-2 in the MIAA. Gilman dropped to 4-5 overall and 1-3 in MIAA play.

Coach Lilly credited Krampf and Fyock for leading his team to the much needed “road game” victory.

“Ian put this team on his back today, with six goals and several ground balls, so we are real happy with that,” added Lilly. “Al Fyock came to play today and made a big difference for us.”

Fyock gave much of the credit to his defense.

“We played with confidence today and switched from man-to-man to zone a few times. Gilman is good at the face-off X and is a really good passing team. Our long poles and our middies played well, and Alex Wicks came up with a lot of ground balls for us.”

Krampf deflected any individual praise.

“It was a total team effort,” said Krampf. “With Al in the cage and our defensive middies, they were huge for us today. Just being at the right place at the right time. Crisp passing, moving the ball well, the entire offense played well today.”

Gilman’s head coach Brooks Mathews credited St. Mary’s with an outstanding overall team effort.

“St. Mary’s played hard and tough,” said Mathews. “They got more ground balls than we did. They were able to string together more good plays than we did, and I think that was the key. I think we need to believe in each other a little more and play with a little more passion. We go down to Severn on Friday, and we’ll be ready.”

NO. 5 ST. MARY’S 10, NO. 7 GILMAN 8
SM 3 1 4 2 — 10
GIL 2 0 4 2 — 8
GOALS: SM-Krampf 6, Burnett, Bohanan, Nilsen, Ripley; GIL-W. Godine 3, Andrews 2, Demuth, D. Godine, Muhly, King.
ASSISTS: SM—Burnett 2, Bohanan 2, Ripley, Wicks; GIL-Demuth 2, King.
SAVES: SM-Fyock 15; GIL-Klein 6.