After losing 14 seniors from last year's squad, the Park City High School boys lacrosse team was expected to have a rebuilding year in 2013.
But even with a young team, featuring 15 sophomores, the Miners have been very competitive this year.
In Thursday evening's game against a tough Jordan team, the Miners had a chance to tie the game in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter, ultimately coming up short in the 7-6 loss at Dozier Field.
Park City coach Andy Langendorf said he's proud of the way his team battled the tough opponent.
"We have a lot of competitive games and it's going to be an uphill battle, but losing 7-6 and having the opportunity to tie and even win it at the end shows that we have work to do, but it's all fixable," he said.
After falling behind 3-2 after one quarter, Tucker Mirams and Christian Pompoco scored for the Miners, giving them a 4-3 lead.
But three straight Jordan goals proved to be too much for the Miners to overcome. Pompoco scored again in the third quarter, but Jordan matched that goal too, leading 7-5 heading into the fourth.
Langendorf credited sophomore goalie Ian Sime for keeping Park City within reach in the fourth, especially in the absence of senior goalie Colton Jamison, who suffered an ankle injury earlier this season.
"Ian's a young kid," he said. "It's great to see him step up. He seems to be coming out of his shell right now, and that's what we need.
Chad Merrick scored for the Miners to close the gap to 7-6, but a late barrage of Park City shots failed to net the tying goal, dropping Park City to 1-1 in non-tournament play this season.
Langendorf said there were plenty of positives to take away from the loss and that he expects his team to grow from it.
"We're a scrappy team and we've got some things to fix," he said. "But overall, I think we've got a good season ahead of us."
On Thursday the Miners will take on Copper Hills, a tough 5A squad.
Langendorf foresees a tough game, but thinks Park City will at least be competitive.
"They're senior-heavy and I think we're going to have our hands full," he said.
But the Miners will rely on their own upperclassmen to match up against the bigger school.
"We're looking for a lot of leadership from our older players," he said. "Christian Pompoco is a kid who leads us on the field and so does Colton Kissell. They're great leaders and have a lot of composure. We're going to have to lean on those guys to get us through the rough times."