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Lacrosse team loses at No. 1 Brighton

Matthew Piper, OF THE RECORD STAFF

The Park City High School boys’ lacrosse team lost its second consecutive game in a difficult week when the state’s No. 1-ranked team pulled ahead by three late in the second half on Wednesday at Brighton High School.

The Miners lost 12-9, coming within a goal during the third quarter but lacking the firepower to contend with the unbeaten Bengals.

"It was a game where the score ended up being close, but I thought they kind of controlled the game throughout," said Park City coach Ryan Sheaffer. "They just outplayed us. We didn’t play with the necessary intensity and focus to beat an opponent like that."

Senior midfielder Matt Mersereau scored twice and set up another for three points to lead PCHS, while senior defensemen Alex Scott and David O’Day made life difficult for the Brighton offense.

"Matt was really big for us, like he always is," Sheaffer said. "Some of our bigger stars, it’s not that they didn’t play a great game, they just couldn’t get it going for whatever reason."

On Friday, April 9, Park City lost to Alta, then the state’s No. 3-ranked team. The weather yanked away a home game against the Hawks for the second straight year, gifting their rivals an extra game at Alta. Still, hopes remain high for the playoffs and some solace can be taken in hanging with the heavyweights on their home fields.

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"We certainly are not in panic mode or anything," Sheaffer said. "We were in both games. We know what we have to do now to get back in it and we’ll see if we can correct our mistakes and make the improvements we need going forward."

PCHS played again on Friday against Bountiful at the Quinn’s Junction Sports Complex after The Record went to press.