Girls’ lacrosse team wraps up season
May 15, 2009
Going into the semifinals of the state championship Wednesday at Murray High School, the Park City girls’ lacrosse team knew it was going to be tough game.
"Murray has always been a strong rival for us," said head coach Amy Hafets. "We always expect a good battle."
The Miners started off the game strong, matching the Spartans goal for goal. Going into halftime, the score was 4-3 with Park City trailing by one.
On the sidelines, an enthusiastic fan contingent cheered the players as they returned to the field. In the first few minutes of the second half, junior Mary Hardesty sprinted down the field and dodged Murray defenders to tie the score at 4-4.
However, not long into the second half, the Miners lost steam and the Spartans scored four consecutive goals to gain a comfortable lead.
In the remaining 10 minutes of play, the dogged Miners’ offense took control of the ball and made several attempts at scoring, but only one made it past Murray’s goalkeeper. The final score was 10-5.
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In the emotional aftermath of the season ender, the players expressed their sorrow at not advancing to the state finals as well as their sadness that their time together as a team had come to an end.
"It was an amazing season and you couldn’t ask for a better group of girls," said senior Allison Kelly.
"We came through a lot of obstacles this year. No matter what the outcome is, we’re still a great team and we stick together And that’s what a team is," said Mary Hardesty.
The Miners said that their game simply took a turn for the worse during the second half. "I definitely thought we were still in it at halftime," said senior Carson Chambers. "Everyone has to lose a game at some point, and this was ours."
"We just wore ourselves out," added senior Baylee Fox. "I’m really proud of every single girl. We never gave up and that’s what matters."
"I think the two teams were well-matched in skill, intensity, aggression and speed," said Coach Hafets. "We just weren’t connecting our passes and we got a little sloppy on fundamentals. Yes, it’s disappointing that we’re not going to the finals, but we’re really proud of everything the girls have accomplished this year."
Hafets explained that one of the challenges of the year was combining the junior varsity and varsity teams into one team, but in the end, she said, it brought the players closer together.
"We’ve had great leadership from the senior class," Hafets said. "There’s such great chemistry on the team, and they support each other on and off the field."
And as the girls dried their tears and hugged each other goodbye, it was obvious that for this team, it’s not the winning or losing that matters, it’s the way they come together to play the game.
The girls would support their teammates again on Friday, when Parkites Carson Chambers and Clara Jane Kilbourn would play in the Girls’ All-Star Lacrosse game at Granite High School.
In addition, many of Park City’s players were slated for recognition at halftime for their academic and athletic achievements. This year’s Utah All-State Team includes Allison Kelly for First Team Attack, Traci Shurtleff for First Team Midfield, Hailey Brook for Second Team Midfield, Baylee Fox for First Team Defense and Dacia Morgan for First Team Goalie.
Hailey Brook, Allison Kelly, Carson Chambers and Alison Williams received awards for the Academic All-American Team and Traci Shurtleff was recognized as a member of the 2009 U.S. Lacrosse National Girls’ High School All-American Team.