Saints are back among the MIAA’s lax elite with an experienced defense and plenty of offensive firepower

by Nelson Coffin
COACH: Victor Lilly, 17-23.
TOP RETURNERS: Ian Krampf (Jr., A); Taylor Bohanan (Sr. M, UMBC); Alex Wicks (Soph., M); Aleric Fyock (Sr., G).
KEY LOSSES: Alex Ulrich (Mount St. Mary’s).
TOP NEWCOMER: Patrick Dunleavy (Soph., M).
OUTLOOK: In terms of experience, the Saints are loaded with seasoned players itching to make waves in the MIAA A Conference this spring.
Krampf (58 goals, 18 assists), fellow junior Garrett Nilsen and senior Jack Burnett will man a potent attack unit for Lilly’s squad.
The midfield is just as dangerous with Bohanan (33 and 27) and classmate Ryan Jones, seniors King Ripley, Caine Wooldridge and Tristan Michie and Wicks (9 and 7) anchoring the unit.
A stout defense, featuring seniors Christian Lafranchise and Ryan Stanford and juniors BJ Burlace and Cal Hadley, should stand tall in front of senior goalie Aleric Fyock.
Senior face-off specialist Tom Kerner should also be a key contributor toward making St. Mary’s a serious contender in 2018, if not winning its first title since 2015.
The Saints opened the season with an impressive 14-4 romp over St. John’s (D.C.) before beating St. Mary’s Ryken, 12-4, and edging Georgetown Prep, 7-6.
They fell to Landon, 9-6, on Friday and still have meetings with Saints Peter and Paul, crosstown rival Annapolis High and Pennsylvania’s Springside Chestnut Hill before opening conference play against McDonogh on April 3 in Annapolis.
“St. Mary’s is building on a winter workout season that the players bought in to and worked hard,” said Lilly, whose team advanced to the conference semifinals last spring after going 1-15 in 2016. “Teamwork and chemistry will be the key to a positive 2018 spring.”
Pictured above: Junior Iam Krampf returns on attack for the Saints after registering 58 goals and 18 assists last year.