Miners look to close out regular season on a high note
The Park City boys lacrosse team is just one week away from destiny.
At least it feels that way.
The Miners recorded a loss and a win last week that gave them a 4-5 record. This week they wrap up their regular season schedule and need to win two of their last three games in order to get to the postseason.
In a 7-4 loss to Viewmont on Wednesday, Park City was able to generate a lot of good passing and shots on goal, but unfortunately very few made it past Viewmont’s goalie.
Their goalie is unbelievable," said Park City head coach Ryan Sheaffer. "It was a game we had an opportunity to win, but their goalie made sure to keep us out of the net."
A halftime, the Miners trailed only 4-3, but the solid Viewmont defense continued and held Park City to just one point.
Park City goalie, Corey Shurtleff, also played a strong game, with many big saves for the Miners. According to Sheaffer, the game featured a matchup of probably the two best goalies in the conference.
"Corey’s having a phenomenal year," Sheaffer said.
Thus far, Shurtleff leads the conference, recording 120 saves as of Friday night and has a save percentage of 66 percent.
Two nights later, the Miners lacrosse players played their first night game under the lights at Dozier Field. The night was made even more special with a convincing 16-4 victory.
"It was fun," Sheaffer said. "It was the first time we’ve gotten to do that."
Sheaffer says that the opportunity to play on a lacrosse-lined field at the high school and playing to a nighttime crowd really shows how much Park City has supported the sport of lacrosse.
"We get tremendous support and the game continues to grow at every level and the town has really embraced the sport," Sheaffer said.
He added that although Highland isn’t a strong team this year, it was a good opportunity for Park City to continue to improve on their skills as the regular season nears it end.
"Offensively, we went out and were able to do what we wanted," Sheaffer said. "We put a lot of goals in the net, which was fun."
Tyler Scott scored four goals and one assist in the game and Ryan Emerson also played well with one goal and three assists.
The Miners have two games left in the regular season and must win at least one of them. The season wraps up with a home game with West, but Sheaffer is more focused on Wednesday’s matchup against their biggest rival, Judge.
"Judge is one of the best teams in the state," Sheaffer said. "It will be a big test, but we always bring our best game with Judge."
The game will be played on the Bulldogs’ new turf field the first time the two teams have played on the surface. The game will be another nighttime contest, and Sheaffer is hoping that the primetime start will encourage Park City crowds to come out and support their team.
Momentum is on the side of the Miners who have won three of their last four games. Sheaffer says that if their winning ways continue, they should surprise some teams in the postseason.
"I think we can go into the playoffs and make some noise," Sheaffer said. "Viewmont hurt us. It was a game we needed, but we’ve got two games and we’re back on track."
The Miners will play at Judge Memorial on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and host West on Friday at 5 p.m. at Dozier Field.
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