An emotional night at Dozier Field
On a wet and windy afternoon at Dozier Field, the small, yet influential senior class of the Park City girls’ lacrosse team took the field one last time on senior night against Olympus.
"There were a lot of emotions," said head coach Amy Hafets afterward. "I think just the whole team is very emotional right now."
The Miners, whose bench was left shorthanded due to sicknesses and injuries, fell to the Titans 10-5 Tuesday afternoon.
"Probably the added pressure of wanting this game so badly," Hafets said. "That added some anxiety to their playing.
"We turned a lot of balls over. That was probably the story of the game. I told the girls we did not play to our potential today at all. Unfortunately, we gave Olympus a lot of opportunities way too many. That was really the underlying story."
Park City was led in scoring by seniors Katie Baker (two goals) and Meghan Kellnar (one goal) along with junior Maddie Haynes (two goals) and freshman Danielle Lecher (one goal).
The Titans took a 5-2 lead into halftime and jumped out even further after the half, increasing their lead to 7-2. Park City made things interesting for a while, cutting the lead to 8-5 at one point, but could not keep up while playing shorthanded, especially defensively.
"It really prevented us from getting any momentum or rhythm," said Hafets about falling behind. "It creates a bit of a feeling of panic."
Park City had a negative turnover margin of 18, which was higher than its last six games combined.
"We got within range, but Olympus is a talented team," she said. "We talked to our girls before the game. They all needed to be present in mind and play every second of every minute.
Hafets said goalie Ashley Peabody stood tall for the Miners, stopping many fast break opportunities by Olympus.
"She was amazing," she said. "She had save after save after save."
Park City’s head coach said her team must come together before playoffs begin within the next couple weeks.
"We need to learn from this," she said. "We need to worry about things we can control and worry about that."
It wasn’t a perfect senior night for Park City, but Hafets said the team has time to regroup and move forward if it wants to advance far in the postseason.
"We’ve got to get healthy," she said. "It’s a frustrating game because we did not play to our potential. We didn’t play the basics."
One by one, seniors approached Hafets afterward, teary-eyed and thankful for their years with the squad. Hafets reiterated what this group of players meant to the success of the young program.
"This group, especially," she said. "These girls have been with us since their freshman year."
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