PCHS boys’ LAX takes care of business
May 8, 2015
The road to a second-straight state title started on Wednesday night for the Park City High School boys’ lacrosse team. Squaring off against No. 16 Jordan at Dozier Field, the No. 1 Miners dominated from the opening face-off en route to an easy 14-5 win.
Park City led 9-0 at halftime before pulling several starters. Though the Beetdiggers and Miners each scored five goals in the second half, Jordan’s damage came against many of Park City’s backups.
Park City Coach Andy Langendorf said the Miners were feeling good after jumping out to a 6-0 lead in the first quarter.
"We knew it wasn’t going to be as tough a game as we thought," he said. "We rolled over them pretty quickly. Everything was going our way and we played all the guys that never get to see the field."
Though the Miners would have liked to preserve the shutout in the second half, Langendorf said the potential negatives of keeping the starters in the game outweighed the positives.
"They got five back on us, but we made a decision to do that," he said. "Sometimes you want to keep the shutout and you think about it, but one, it’s not very classy and two, you’ve got to let those other guys play, because they might not see the field again now for the rest of the year."
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Plus, he added, the Miners need to stay healthy as the playoffs go along.
"We have some injuries right now," he said. "We’ve got a couple guys who have nothing that is going to keep them out of games, but there are some nagging things. [Kolton] Atkinson’s got a sore ankle and Tucker Mirams has a bit of a thigh thing going on. You just don’t want to risk getting hurt in a game you’ve already got in hand.
"You want to keep guys loose and keep them in rhythm, but at the end of the day, you’ve got to preserve their health."
Cole Flinders led the way for Park City, scoring four goals. Beau Pederson added three goals, Chad Merrick had two and Atkinson, Mirams, JJ Pickard, Cage Lewis and Trent Clifford each added one.
Atkinson led the Miners with four assists. Pickard added two and Mirams, Ryan Smith and Clifford each had one.
Langendorf said the Miners took advantage of the space the Jordan defense gave them, leading to several easy open shots on goal. He said the key to the attack’s success was preparing for the game like it was any other game.
"We didn’t take them lightly," he said. "They were ranked No. 16, but we still watched film and made the adjustments we wanted to make. We saw an opportunity in being able to sit into some space and that’s what we had today. Guys had 8-10 yards of space and plenty of time. We’re going to sink that every time."
Park City’s playoff quarterfinal game will be against Spanish Fork, the No. 8 seed in the tournament. Langendorf said the preparation plan will be the same as any other game.
"From a coaching perspective, we’ll watch some film on them," he said. "We’re not going to be changing much now until we get into the semifinals and finals, though. That’s where the last adjustments will come."
For now, the Miners will focus on cleaning up their game and how to establish their style of play against Spanish Fork.
"We’ll work on stuff we saw that we didn’t like tonight and then we’ll add one or two things for the game on Friday," Langendorf said.
Park City was scheduled to square off against Spanish Fork on Friday night, after this issue went to press. Should the Miners win, their next game would be a semifinal match on Wednesday, May 13, in Salt Lake City.
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