Hasta la vista, Juan Diego
It was a big win for the Park City Miners’ boys’ lacrosse team on Wednesday night, beating the Juan Diego Soaring Eagles by an impressive score of 13-5. It was the first playoff game win in two years for the Miners, and what a win it was.
Head Coach Ryan Sheaffer credits the win to the Miner’s immediate intensity; they started the game in the groove and never lost it. "We went up early and Juan Diego was never able to recover from that," said Sheaffer.
It rained until shortly before the game started, but the boisterous crowd, huddled beneath blankets, maintained as much enthusiasm as the players.
Wasting no time, the Miners came out hard, scoring six goals in the first quarter by shooting hard and often.
Appearing to run circles around the lackluster Eagles, by the start of the second half the Miners had raised the score to 9-3, leaving the Eagles groping for a comeback.
While the Miners had the scoring part down, other aspects of the game weren’t falling into place as well as Sheaffer would have liked.
"We were a little sloppy at times. We had moments where we had a tough time dealing with what they were giving us," said Sheaffer.
The second half of the game showed less offense by both teams: The Miners only scored four goals and Juan Diego put in two, one of which was scored on a penalty shot.
"Overall the Miners played pretty well and I’m happy with it," said Sheaffer.
The game ball went to sophomore midfielder Matt Mersereau, who scored two goals that night and had one assist.
"He takes most of our face-off’s, wins ground balls, hustles on defense, he’s our best hitter, and just an all around great player," Sheaffer said.
While this win gave the Miners much-needed momentum as they enter the playoffs, the Miners are prepared for some stiff competition.
The Miners will play their next playoff game Saturday at 10 a.m. at South Jordan Middle School against Bingham High School.
The Miners are currently ranked No. 3 in Division A lacrosse. Juan Diego was ranked No.6. Beating Bingham, the No. 2 ranked team, poses more of a challenge.
"Bingham is going to be much harder; they have much better players," said senior Ryan Emerson.
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