Mersereau leads lacrosse seniors to win |

Mersereau leads lacrosse seniors to win

With a last chance for a Division I championship looming for the better half of the team, Park City passed one final test ahead of the state playoffs Friday.

The Park City High School boys’ lacrosse team got a goal from senior Matt Mersereau with little more than a minute left to propel the Miners to a 5-4 win over rival Judge Memorial.

Sophomore Peter Hoburg added a final-minute save to preserve the win, while senior Sam Sisk had two goals and two assists. Eleven PCHS seniors – almost all of them playing prominent roles for the team this year – were honored before the game, which was also a goodbye for the team’s coach.

"This year’s a special one for me," said head coach Ryan Sheaffer, who will leave a week after the season to live with his wife in Philadelphia. "We want to go out with a bang."

Park City (9-3) led Judge throughout until the Bulldogs tied it in the fourth.

"It was kind of a low-scoring, defensive battle," Sheaffer said. "Almost every game we’ve played this year has been a battle."

Sheaffer told his team to work about a minute off the clock and then attack. Sisk – who was featured in a Page B1 photo on April 28, not Griffin Perkiel, as listed – beat two guys and passed across to Mersereau, who one-timed it home.

The Miners will host Weber at 5:30 p.m. at Dozier on Wednesday in the first round of the state playoffs. Sheaffer said the team has learned its lesson this year – that nobody can be taken lightly.

"This is one of the most competitive years that I’ve seen since I’ve been coaching," Sheaffer said. "There’s quite a few teams talented enough to be spoilers."

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