Jumping out fast with the game’s first three goals at Gilman, the St. Mary’s lacrosse team spent the rest of Tuesday afternoon needing to respond to every push from the Greyhounds.
Anytime the score would get close, the No. 5 Saints would win a faceoff, scoop up a ground ball, score on attack and get saves on defense.
Junior Ian Krampf finished with six goals and senior goalie Aleric Fyock turned away 12 shots — the key components as St. Mary’s claimed a 10-8 win over No. 7 Gilman in Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference play.
St. Mary’s ended a two-game slide to improve to 7-3 overall and 2-2 in the MIAA. Gilman (4-5) fell to 1-3 in league play.
The start of the third quarter summed up Tuesday’s game.
Trailing 4-2 at the half, Gilman scored eight seconds into the third quarter when Liam Muhly won the opening faceoff and went straight to the cage to make it 4-3.
Less than three minutes later, the Saints had goals from Garrett Nilsen and Taylor Bohanan to restore order at 6-3.
Later in the third quarter, with the advantage at 6-4, Fyock made a brilliant save in between two goals from Krampf to push the lead to four. The Saints would maintain at least a two-goal lead the rest of the way.
After a 10-9 loss against Loyola Blakefield on April 10 and then a 15-10 setback against defending champion Calvert Hall on Friday, the Saints showed urgency throughout Tuesday’s play in getting back on the winning side.
”It was two big games, two close games, both tough losses, so we were definitely determined this week and it was a good response from the boys. Each goal, we just kept fighting and kept coming back,” Krampf said.
“Last week was definitely a tough week for me personally, so this was a big game and I was just right place, right time trying to help my team out the best I could.”
The Saints got one-goal, two assist performances from Bohanan and Jack Burnett to go with Krampf’s strong play. Gilman got three goals from William Godine but were never able to keep the needed momentum to overcome the Saints.
“We couldn’t string any plays together. We’d make a good play and then we couldn’t make the next play. Today, St. Mary’s was tougher than we were that way,” Gilman coach Brooks Matthews said.
“We gotta keep fighting and scratching and clawing and do whatever it takes. We’re just not quite there yet, but we got to believe in ourselves and play like we know we’re capable of.”
Goals: SM — Krampf 6, Burnett, K. Ripley, Nilsen, Bohanan; G — W. Godine 3, Andrews 2, D. Godine, DeMuth, Muhly. Assists: SM — Bohanan 2, Burnett 2, Wicks, K. Ripley; G — King, DeMuth. Saves: SM — Fyock 12; G — Klein 6. Half: SM, 4-2