Boys get game in against Riverton
April 7, 2009
The boys lacrosse game against Riverton on Friday was a lot like the whole day for the Miners’ lacrosse team: up and down.
With snow falling throughout the day and a fruitless shoveling session at the Quinn’s Junction field, Park City head coach Ryan Sheaffer had finally made the decision to cancel the game when Park City High school athletic director Doug Payne gave him a call. Payne himself, had spent the day clearing snow off nearby Dozier Field for a soccer game, but opted to cancel it at the last minute. With a clear field available, Payne offered it to Sheaffer and with just two hours to spare, the game was back on.
After that kind of rollercoaster, Sheaffer was ready for anything in the Riverton game. The Miners shot out to an early 4-1 lead in the first half against the fast and athletic Riverton team, but couldn’t hold onto the lead and the two teams were tied 5-5 at halftime.
In the second half, Riverton started to pull away, but the Miners fought their way back in, trailing by just two goals, 12-10, with a minute left. The boys had a few opportunities to score in the final minute but were unable to convert and recorded a disappointing third loss in a row.
"It was a close, close game," said Sheaffer. "We made a few mistakes that ended up costing us."
Sheaffer was pleased the Miners were able to play with Riverton throughout the game. Last week, the team played an exhibition game against a Nevada squad, but weren’t able to stay close. Sheaffer hopes that the Riverton game will be a confidence booster to get the boys back in the win column.
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"You take a little pride in that it was a good team and we played a competitive game throughout," he said. "It affirms we are a good team, but there are some key things that are keeping us from winning."
Some of those key things or "small tweaks," as Sheaffer calls them, include cleaning up mental errors. Sheaffer said that throughout the game, he noticed the team throwing dangerous balls, dropping a pass or failing to back up a shot.
"I think its early-season stuff," Sheaffer said.
Sheaffer is hoping the Miners start getting hungry as the season wears on. Although they have a few wins and close losses under their belt, he says they are far away from achieving their goals. With a number of games left on the regular season schedule, Sheaffer hopes to notch several more victories so they can earn a favorable spot in the playoffs.
"We can’t be content with where we are," he said.
The Miners will have another chance at a win this Wednesday on the road against Bonneville at 5 p.m.