Miners come close at state lacrosse finals
With a spin, twist and a flick of the wrist, Park City High School senior Kasi Lemons scored her second overtime goal Saturday at Dozier Field to bring the women’s lacrosse team within minutes of defeating Murray High School for its first state championship.
But Lemons’ goals weren’t enough as the Miners lost 10-9 in a sudden-death double-overtime round.
The two teams seesawed back and forth for most of the game, with Park City opening up two-goal leads several times in the first half. Park City went to halftime 4-4 and scored quickly to start the second half.
However, with less than two minutes remaining in regulation, Murray tied the game at 7 with a penalty shot.
The girls played two three-minute overtime halves followed by a sudden death round.
Lemons’ goals gave Park City a 9-7 lead, but Murray fought back with an interception and goal and a penalty shot to even the score with less than a minute remaining.
"This was luck of the draw, sudden death," Park City assistant coach Lisa Peck told her team after the game. "We made it to the championship game. You played great. Keep your heads up. Don’t let me see anyone with their heads down. If you cry, cry with your heads up."
The girls hugged each other and offered condolences, some with smudged war paint and tears still in their eyes. "I’m always one who wants revenge," said Stefanie Player, a senior wearing No. 23. Player plans to try out for the University of Utah’s club team. "I can only hope that I’ll play against some of the same girls in college."
No. 2 Hailey Brook said she felt confident going into the final minute of the game. "It was just unlucky," she said. "We’re evenly matched teams."
The girls lost to Murray early in the season, but beat a number of high-ranked teams to make it to the state championship. They beat Juan Diego earlier in the tournament by scoring a last-minute goal. In the semifinals, they dispensed with Orem with another one-point victory.
It’s all in a week’s work for Lemons, who transferred from a school in the Northeast to Park City in January. She plans to play Division 1 lacrosse for St. Mary’s College next year. "It’s not like I was so stoked for myself when I scored the goals. But I was excited for the team . . . I’ve never played on a team that loves each other so much."
Murray became only the fourth women’s lacrosse team to win a state championship, joining Woods Cross, Jordan and Orem.
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