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A rough return from break

Park City's Zach Hardy tries to escape the pressure of a West defender during Wednesday's high school lacrosse game in Salt Lake.

In its first game after spring break, against West, the Park City boys lacrosse team must have left their toughness somewhere in their vacation luggage, losing 13-6.

"This is a violent sport. West was very physical," Park City head coach Jeff Munger said. "We avoided physical play."

The Miners were well aware of their shortcomings. Following the game, they soberly committed to recapture this season’s goal to improve in each game.

"They were pretty disappointed. They just know they have to play better," Munger said. "It’s not going to get easier. There are a whole lot of teams at the same level."

Prior to the break, the Miners lost a close match to Judge 9-7, so Munger was hoping to see more of the same against West. Unfortunately, he found something that he is used to seeing every year.

"When these kids come back from spring break, the kids play that way," Munger said.

They were down 4-3 at the half, but struggled in the second half. The Miners had trouble catching and handling the ball, as well as hitting the West players, and soon found themselves down 10-5 at the end of the third quarter. They also had trouble playing as an effective defensive unit. Even the ability to catch their breath was a problem.

"Both Coach Schaeffer and myself have realized a need to address the physical side of play and the fundamentals of passing and catching," Munger said.

Munger said one bright spot for the team was the play of goalie Cory Shurtleff, who saved numerous West shots.

Munger is hoping to have the team back in shape for next week, when the team plays their home opener against Viewmont on Wednesday.

"We expect the desire to be to give us a better effort," Munger said. "None of the team is happy. They are committed to be playing better by next Wednesday."

Munger said the key component missing this week was passion something the 0-4 team will have to find and maintain in order to finish out their season with a winning record.

"We want to see them play up to their potential," Munger said.

The Miners will face Viewmont at the new field at Quinn’s Junction on Wednesday, April 19 at 5 p.m.

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