Boys’ lacrosse finds legs against Judge
Sometimes a new perspective makes all the difference.
After scheduling the state’s two top prep teams, Waterford and Jordan, to open up the season and suffering rough losses, Park City head lacrosse coach Jeff Munger decided it was time to refocus the season for the Miners.
Gone was last year’s goal of winning the state title with the graduating seniors that made up the starting roster. In place of that, Munger set forth a mission for his team that was far more realistic.
"I rearranged our goals after the first games to just play a little better each game," Munger said.
The news goals, thus far, are making a difference.
Building off momentum against Waterford, where the Miners were able to score early when they met in the early season, the Miners played an aggressive game against Judge Memorial on Friday, losing only 9-7.
Munger said that Judge, much like Park City, is also a young team, so the Miners knew they had a chance. Unfortunately, the Miners also knew that they were playing without a full roster. Three players had spring break obligations outside of the state and starting player Conner Dougherty broke his finger in practice two days earlier. Still, the Miners played a strong game.
Park City played a close game with Judge, down only two goals heading into the fourth quarter. The Miners made two quick scores at the opening of the fourth to tie up the game. Judge was able to make two more goals for the win as the understaffed Miners defense began to wear down.
"It was a really good feeling," Munger said. "It was a great effort in accordance with our goal."
Munger said that besides Waterford and Jordan, much of the prep lacrosse landscape is at a more beatable level. Many teams lost experienced seniors to graduation, putting the rest of the league at about the same level. Munger says that this, combined with the team’s newfound goals should make the season pretty exciting.
"All in all, both myself and Ryan Sheaffer (Park City assistant coach) are impressed by the competitive play," Munger said.
The Miners will be in action again on Wednesday, April 12 at West High School at 5 p.m. On April 19 they host Viewmont (weather permitting) in Park City at the new turf fields by the ice arena at 4:30 p.m.
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