The Park City girls' lacrosse team beat the Bingham Miners 10-9 on March 28 in rematch of last year's state championship.
Park City came out strong in the first quarter scoring seven times on nine attempts, including a shot by Marina Mayo with one second left in the first half. Mayo had a great offensive half scoring three of Park City's seven goals and providing one assist.
The Park City Miners started the second half feeling good about their 7-4 lead. But they knew Bingham was strong offensively and they would not roll over.
Sure enough, Bingham came back with three unanswered goals in the second quarter before Park City was able to regroup its defense and find the back of the net offensively.
Park City made their next three shots with Caitlin Jarratt, Hannah Hyatt, and Katy Miele each adding to the team score, bringing the score to Park City 10, Bingham 7. Bingham would score twice more with less than four minutes left in the game when Park City goalie Ashley Peabody made a critical save on a shot by Bingham offensive standout Morgan Judd (D-1 SDSU bound Senior).
With 1:30 left in the game, Peabody cleared the ball to Hannah Hyatt who streaked down to the Miner's offensive end, where Hyatt and a crowd of teammates played a nerve-wracking game of keep away from the Bingham defenders until the clock ticked down to zero, securing the win for the Park City Miners.
Other contributors offensively included Caitlin Jarratt with two goals, Katy Miele with two goals, Natalie Frost with one goal, Alex Miele with a goal and two assists, and Maddie Haynes and Haley Adelman with one assist each.
Defensively, goalie Ashley Peabody had a great game with four saves against strong shots by Bingham powerhouses. Helping to make it tough for Bingham's attack included defensive work by Ellie Meyer (Utah Lacrosse News Player of the Week), Kate Cier, Hannah Hyatt, Lily Howell, and Luisa Frankenburg. Maddie Haynes and Kenna Tychsen had a good day picking up handfuls of those critical 50/50 groundballs and draw controls.
Coach Amy Hafets Cronin remarked on the Miners' need to improve on their draw control and their defensive communication, especially in matching cutters, but she was pleased with their shooting percentage, 67 percent against Bingham (ranked second in state).
Certainly having senior co-captain Sierra Schlag (defender) back from an injury will help this week with that ever-important team unity at low D. Offensively, the team plans to work on improving their game by adding a more creative strategy, something they will need to do in order to keep up with the ever-improving league defense.
But Park City coaches and players alike are very positive about where they stand now in the season, which is a very impressive 17-0 with two tournament championships to date.