Carson Dutkanych looks for space against a Bingham defender during Park City s quarterfinal win. Christopher Reeves/Park Record
Carson Dutkanych looks for space against a Bingham defender during Park City s quarterfinal win. Christopher Reeves/Park Record

The old trend with the Park City High School boys' lacrosse team was that it would have a great regular season and then falter in the playoffs.

This year's Miner squad is aiming to change that perception.

After a 13-9 quarterfinal win over Bingham, the Miners traveled to Juan Diego High School to take on Davis in a semifinal match.

Though the game turned into a battle, when the dust settled, the scoreboard read: Park City 10, Davis 6. Park City coach Andy Langendorf credits a strong first half for helping the Miners hold off a strong opponent.

"The plan was to jump on them early and create a lead," he said. "We came into halftime up 7-2 and pretty much in control."

In the second half, the Miners wouldn't give an inch against the physical Darts.

"It turned into a really scrappy affair," Langendorf said. "We traded goals back and forth and there was constant pressure on everyone all the time."

But Park City wasn't caught off guard, matching Davis goal-for-goal and hit-for-hit.

"That's what we expected it to be like," Langendorf said. "Davis is an athletic team and likes that scrappy style."

Carson Dutkanych led the Miners in goals, scoring three on the evening. Kolton Atkinson and Chad Merrick each added two and Jackson Burton, Chase Flinders and Ryan Smith each chipped in one.

Christian Pompoco dished out a pair of assists to lead Park City in that category.

Burton also dominated the faceoff circle all game long, winning 16 of 19 for an 84.2 percent win percentage.


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Sheridan Buchholz had a good game in goal, stopping five of the 11 shots he faced. But the defense more than held its own in front of Buchholz, keeping Davis from getting too many good scoring opportunities.

Langendorf said the Miners' plan heading into this year's playoffs was a little different than in years past.

"One of the things that we did as a coaching staff this year is we decided not to make a lot of adjustments heading into the playoffs," he said. "That was a key for us. There was a lot of pressure on us in this game and we didn't deviate from our system or our plan."

The plan has worked so far, and now the Miners will have a shot at redemption. Currently on a seven-game winning streak, Park City's last loss came at home to Herriman by a 14-10 score.

Now the two teams will take to Dozier Field again, this time with a state title on the line.

Langendorf said his team is excited for the opportunity to play for a championship, but he knows it'll be tough to take down a team of Herriman's caliber.

"Anytime you play in a state championship game, anything can happen," he said. "We're expecting the same sort of game out of them. They're extremely athletic and a really big team. We definitely cannot get into a dogfight with them on a physical level. We're going to try to play a stylistic game and not get pulled into a physical game with them."

With the girls' lacrosse team gunning for a state title on the same day, Langendorf said Saturday should be a lot of fun.

"If we can win a championship at home, how amazing would that be?" he said. "And if we can double up on state championships, I assume that would be a first in the state of Utah."

Langendorf's assumption appears to be correct. Dating back to 2000, when the earliest records became available, no school has won both boys' and girls' lacrosse titles in the same year.

Saturday's title game begins at 7 p.m. at Dozier Field.