St. Mary’s dumps No. 2 St. Paul’s, improves to 2-0 in MIAA A lax; Krampf scores 3 goals (VIDEO HERE!)

Wes Schmidt (left), Ian Krampf and BJ Burlace shined Tuesday for St. Mary’s lacrosse. The No. 5 Saints took over in the middle quarters to defeat second-ranked St. Paul’s School, 11-9, in a MIAA A Conference lacrosse contest in Brooklandville.

by Derek Toney

Being the southern-most school in the MIAA A Conference, St. Mary’s High lacrosse has adopted the underdog moniker.

Well, these “dogs” are showing some bite out the gate in the nation’s premier league. The fifth-ranked Saints knocked off No. 2 St. Paul’s School, 11-9, at Tullai Field in Brooklandville.

Johns Hopkins University-bound attack Ian Krampf scored three goals for St. Mary’s (5-3 overall), and Nick Lilly added two goals and an assist. Andrew Milani recorded a hat trick for St. Paul’s (4-2, 1-1 MIAA A).

After a slow start, St. Mary’s dominated play for most of the final three periods to move to 2-0 in MIAA A play. The Saints, No. 3 Gilman School, fourth-ranked Loyola Blakefield and reigning champ and No. 1 Calvert Hall College are early pacesetters in what will be a seven-week grind to the postseason.

“It’s always tough coming up to Baltimore. That bus ride is alway tough on us,” said St. Mary’s coach Victor Lilly. “We had to get our legs under us.”

Trailing 4-2 early in the second, St. Mary’s scored nine of the next 10 goals to cease control. Junior midfielder Allen Hockenberry finished with a goal and two assists.

Lilly said the Saints’ veteran roster (33 seniors and juniors combined) was the difference.

“Those guys have a lot of MIAA A experience and we lean on them heavily,” said Lilly.

“St. Mary’s has an underdog tone and we use it to our advantage,” said Krampf. “Down 3-1 is nothing…we saw it as an opportunity to overcome adversity.”

Krampf started the turnaround, scoring off a pass from senior teammate Alex Nilsen with 32.3 seconds remaining in the first quarter. With just 0.3 seconds left in the third, Krampf came around the cage, got inside and beat St. Paul’s goalie Jamie Grant, giving the Saints a 7-5 advantage.

Hockenberry’s unassisted tally, followed seconds later by Zach Dudley’s strike off his faceoff victory, pushed St. Mary’s lead to 9-5 with 8 minutes, 36 seconds left in regulation. Hockenberry’s second score and longstick BJ Burlace’s goal, both coming in a 11-second frame, put the game out of reach.

“We did a great job of always keeping our heads up and never getting too down,” said Krampf. “To get down two goals, some teams could really hang their head and play bad. The coaches did a great job and our teammates did a great job of keeping our heads up and pushing through and winning.”

Nielsen and junior attack Gabe Souza also tallied for the Saints. Junior goalie Wes Schmidt was solid in goal with 10 saves.

Seth Higgins and senior attack Tyler Harry each had a goal and an assist for St. Paul’s, which netted four goals in the final five minutes to make the score respectable. Friday, the Crusaders posted an impressive league opening win at McDonogh School, which came in ranked No. 1 nationally by Inside Lacrosse.

In the MIAA A, where the highs and lows are a game-by-game exercise, the Crusaders got a huge doze of the flip side Tuesday.

“We got totally out-classed in every facet, especially between the lines. They kicked our butts in ground balls,” said St. Paul’s coach Trey Whitty. “We didn’t play great lacrosse in the first but we had the lead and should’ve made it bigger. As soon as things started going south, man, they went south and we could never quite get it back on track.

Their top guys I thought played really well….Wicks and Burlace in the middle of the field really hurt us. They made plays in transition. We knew those guys were really good and they played like it today.”

It was an enjoyable hour-plus trek back to Annapolis for St. Mary’s, which welcomes No. 4 Loyola Blakefield to Pascal Field Friday evening for a first-place battle.

“Any given Sunday except it’s Tuesdays and Fridays,” said Krampf. “No matter the rankings, who’s 4-0, who’s 1-4, it really doesn’t matter. Whichever team comes out and competes the hardest ultimately wins, and that’s we have to do more of.”

No. 5 St. Mary’s 11, No. 2 St. Paul’s School 9

Goals: St. Mary’s – Krampf 3, Lilly 2, Ripley, Souza, Milsen, Hockenberry, Dudley, Burlace; St. Paul’s – Milani 3, Sheehan 2, Barthelme, Higgins, Croft, Harry

Assists: St. Mary’s – M – Hockenberry 2, Nilsen, Dunleavy; St. Paul’s – Higgins, Barthelme, Harry

Saves: St. Mary’s – Schmidt 10; St. Paul’s – Grant 8

St. Mary’s 2 4 1 4 – 11

St. Paul’s 3 1 1 4 – 9