Miners playoff hopes go south vs. West
Friday evening had the Miners seeing double — literally.
In their last game of the season and last opportunity to earn a playoff berth, the Park City boys high school lacrosse team fell to West High 14-10, led in large part by the play of the Panther’s dynamic duo, twins Austin and Chase Taylor, who combined for eight goals.
"The Taylor twins are good players," said Park City head coach Ryan Sheaffer.
Much like the Judge game two days earlier, the Miners came close but couldn’t make the plays needed to finish with a win. This time, Sheaffer said it was the first quarter of play that slowed the team. The Panthers took the early 3-lead off of repeated goals made by Austin Taylor.
"It got away from us in the first," admitted Sheaffer. "Our defense didn’t get into its position."
The Miners were able to stay close throughout the game, trailing only 10-8 heading into the fourth quarter, but the Panthers continued to attack outscoring the Miners 4-2.
"They played like something was on the line," Sheaffer said.
Still, he was encouraged by the play of many of the Miners. Senior Tyler Scott finished the game with three goals, as did Mitch Wood. Erik Hughes finished with two goals and one assist. Goalie Corey Shurtleff finished the day with 16 saves.
Sheaffer felt the game was lost on all of the little things. West controlled the face-offs and ground balls which hurt Park City’s time of possession.
"Problems we had all year continued to plague us," Sheaffer said.
Park City finished the season with a 4-8 record, the same as last year, although Sheaffer says the team has vastly improved in talent and experience.
"This year we failed to meet our expectations but the future is bright," Sheaffer said. "We are still a relatively young team."
In fact, the Miners only graduate two seniors and Sheaffer already has big plans for the off-season. He wants his team to participate in summer camps and tournaments and plans to work on stick skills and other fundamentals. But mostly he just wants to see Park City return to their old reputation as one of the top teams in the state.
"I think we have a long shot to go deep in the playoffs, depending on some off-season work," Sheaffer said. "Missing the playoffs two years in a row is just disappointing."
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