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Courtesy Michelle Tychsen The PCHS girls' varsity lacrosse team celebrates its championship at the Best of the West tournament in Las Vegas over the weekend.
Submitted by Margaret Hyatt

Las Vegas, Nev. The Park City High School girls' varsity lacrosse team went undefeated and clinched the Best of the West Championship in Las Vegas over the weekend. This marks the first championship for the PCHS lacrosse girls at this tournament (they were runners up in 2012).

The tournament started with Park City taking on Centennial (Nevada). In the Best of West Tournament in 2012, Park City lost to Centennial in the championship match by one in overtime. However, this year the Miners took a solid lead with eight goals in the first half while allowing only two. In the second half Park City shut out Centennial and finished the game 14-2. In its second game of the day, Park City again had no difficulty finding the back of the net, beating Palo Verde (Nevada) 16-2.

On Sunday morning the team started its first of three games in very windy conditions. The Lady Miners took on a disciplined and fast team, Pinnacle (Arizona). Unfortunately, Park City's playing style that features long passes in transition did not bode well in the windy conditions. The Miners had seven unforced errors and struggled to adjust to the officials, who were calling the game very cautiously defensively. This prevented Park City from getting into any rhythm and gave Pinnacle five free shots on goal. The game ended in a 7-7 tie. However, as Pinnacle had lost a previous game, Park City advanced into the semifinals as the first-place seed.

Park City's next match-up was against the Lady Aztecs (Arizona).


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The Miners came out strong offensively in the first half, taking 14 shots on goal and scoring on seven of them, while holding the Aztecs to one goal. Miners finished out the game 10-3.

The championship match-up pinned Park City against a Utah foe, Skyline. Skyline has a mature team filled with talented upperclassmen. Park City anticipated a tough game, especially against Bowdoin College-bound center Annie Glenn. Of the seven draws in the first half, Skyline secured six. Despite losing so many draws, thanks to four great saves by Georgia Guyer (Park City's backup goalie), and an aggressive turnover-causing defense, Park City was able to regain possession and secure four goals in the first half to Skyline's two. Park City adjusted its center match-up in the second half and secured six of the eight draws. With that additional possession time, Park City limited Skyline to four shots on goal, (compared to Park City's eight) and won the game by a final score of 8 to 5.

Twenty-four hours after its win in Vegas, and after a day of classes, Park City was on its home field (Matt Knoop Memorial Park in Park City) playing Lone Peak in its season opener. Park City's aggressive offensive style (23 shots on goal) resulted in a solid win over Lone Peak (13-5) in very cold conditions.

Head Coach Amy Hafets and Assistant Coach Abbie Coleman are excited about their prospects this season with a lot of diverse talent. Over seven games in four days, 12 different Park City girls found the back of the net, nearly every player found an opportunity to cause a turnover, and multiple players made great assists to help their teammates score. Park City is a relatively balanced varsity squad consisting of one freshman, seven sophomores, six juniors and six seniors.

On Thursday, March 7, the Park City varsity will match up against its rival Alta at Altara Elementary starting at 5 p.m. The girls JV participated in a Play Day in Park City over the weekend, winning both games against tough competition. Their season opener is Thursday March 14 at 6:15 p.m. against Riverton at Swenson Farms Park.

Please visit http://www.parkcitylacrosse.org/ for the boys' and girls' high school game schedule.