Miners lacrosse squad sticks to plan
April 2, 2010
With one action-packed month separating it from the end of the regular season and the start of state playoffs, the Park City High School boys’ lacrosse team has to like where it stands.
The Miners’ offense continued to flourish while seniors Alex Scott and David O’Day anchored a steady defense in a 15-6 win over Jordan at Quinn’s Junction Sports Complex on Tuesday.
"It was a really good game against an opponent that seemed like it might be having a bit of a down year," said head coach Ryan Sheaffer. "Jordan is usually a powerhouse, I think this is the first time we’ve ever beaten them in the regular season. That was awesome for the team."
Sheaffer said the Miners played well from start to finish. Junior Griffin Perkiel kept alive his torrid scoring pace 6.5 points per game in nine starts by notching five goals and an assist. Senior attackman Dillon Dutkanych added four goals and two assists, while returning all-state midfielder Matt Mersereau pitched in two goals and three assists.
Entering this season, it was a given that the Miners would have an experience-laden defense and a dynamic offense. The only major question mark was at goalkeeper, where sophomore Peter Hoburg was untested.
"We’ve been really pleasantly surprised with Peter," Sheaffer said. "As a sophomore, he just needs to keep playing as much as he can."
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The Miners’ scheduled game Wednesday against Waterford was snowed out. They are entering a difficult stretch in which they’ll face off against their top-ranked opponents in the Utah High School Lacrosse League.
No. 2 PCHS will host No. 3 Alta at Dozier Field on Friday, April 9 (5 p.m.) before traveling to take on Brighton on April 14. Both are much bigger schools with larger pools of athletes to choose from for the club sport that does not divide leagues according to school size.
Those games will serve as an important marker for Park City, which reached the state semifinals in 2005 and has consistently made state playoffs throughout the years. Sheaffer said the goal of taking home the state championship is as realistic now as ever.
"A lot of the guys have that on their radar," he said. "We really believe that we can compete for state."