Aleric Fyock, a recent St. Mary’s graduate and three-year starting goalie for the Saints, has been watching the Under Armour All-America Boys Lacrosse Game over the years and has an easy time coming to this conclusion: The high-scoring showcase is not ideal for the position he plays. Selected to represent the South team in the 13th annual game, set for 8 p.m. Saturday at Johns Hopkins’ Homewood Field, the Penn State commit can’t wait to take on the busy challenge.
What was it like when you got the news you were selected to play in the big game?
I was so happy. It was a dream come true because I’ve wanted to do this ever since I first saw it on TV. I told a couple of my friends and they were happy for me, my parents were happy and I was excited. I was at home just sitting on my bed watching TV and got the call. It was like ‘Oh, my God.’ I couldn’t believe it.
What’s your approach going to be with all the talented players sending shots your way?
This game has the best players in the nation and should be a lot of fun. I just have to take every shot one at a time. This game has a reputation of being a little rough on goalies but I’m prepared, I’m ready for it. I love it.
What was it that drew you to Penn State?
Penn State is a family school and I always wanted to go there. They were the first ones to call me and said ‘Hey, we like how you play and do you have interest in coming here?’ I was like ‘Yes, of course.’ It’s a dream come true. That’s really what it is — it’s a dream school for me.
How has playing in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference helped prepare you for the next level?
The MIAA is the best conference in the nation. It just prepares you because it has the best players, the best coaches and the pace of the game is different. It’s the closest thing to college lacrosse, I believe, so it prepares you very well.
What do you enjoy most about playing in goal?
Stopping that ball. It’s the hardest position on the field, so if you have the hardest position, you’re the most important player, I guess you can say. So I like being a game-changer. That’s what I like about being in goal.
With that responsibility comes leadership. What’s the key in that regard?
Your defense looks at you when hard times come, so you have to be positive and keep their heads up.
St. Mary’s went through a tough one-win season in your sophomore year but then came back to make the playoffs the past two years. What did that show about your team?
It means we’re dedicated. We wanted something, and went to get it. We all put our heads together, we focused on our goal and got it done. So just put your head down and grind for it and you can get it. I learned that people grow in a short amount of time. You can have a bad season, but the new season comes around and it’s a new start. You just have to have positive thinking.
Is that a life lesson as well?
Lacrosse is a life lesson that teaches you a lot of things. There’s ups and downs in life, but you can get through them if you stay together with the people around you.