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Park City boys back on winning path

Adia Waldburger, of the Record staff

It’s midseason and Park City’s lacrosse coach has finally found what he was looking for in his team:

Momentum.

The boys are rolling after a win at Skyline on Friday, 12-6, a victory against powerhouse Bonneville in overtime 7-6 on Tuesday afternoon and a 12-3 win on Thursday against Woods Cross.

"It was really nice to get the victories," Munger said. "The kids were so pumped."

On Tuesday, Bonneville came out strong in the first half running the offense primarily through league standout, Sterling Moyer, who scored three times in the first half, to put his team ahead 4-3.

At halftime, Munger and assistant coach Ryan Sheaffer were able to regroup and plan a defensive attack on Moyer.

In the second half, the Miners effectively launched a defensive attack on Moyer. The four long poles, anchored by an ailing Scott Henny, along with Joe Krueger, Justin Altman and Ben Pearson worked in conjunction with the defensive midfield to hold Moyer to just one goal.

The defense was also helped by net minder, sophomore Corey Shurtleff, who recorded numerous saves against Bonneville’s usually prolific offense.

"He has set the tone for the wins," Munger said. "He is phenomenal."

At the end of the half, the Miners’ Tyler Scott scored in the waning moments of the game to tie up the score and send it into overtime. Two minutes into overtime, Jason Hornick scored the winning goal.

In a previous game against one of the league leaders, Olympus, Bonneville scored an impressive 13 goals, so holding the team to six was a big accomplishment for Park City.

"I was that much more proud of the kids for holding Bonneville," Munger said.

The win also puts a damper on Bonneville’s march to the postseason.

"They were rolling to the playoffs and the kids kind of derailed that,’ Munger said.

The win reignites the Miners’ chances for a playoff berth. Although they would likely have to run the tables to do so, Munger is feeling confident after the recent wins.

The two wins were the first for a younger Miners team that struggled at the opening of the season due to inexperience. But with a mix of team cohesiveness and confidence starting with the Skyline game, Park City is back on the winning road.

"It really does take awhile. The transition of playing as a team. They all seem to be playing well together," Munger said.

One of the biggest differences for the Miners is an increase in physical play. Munger has observed that in both practices and game situations, the boys hustle more and fight for possession of the ball.

"They finally found their confidence. They understand they can play against anybody," Munger said.

The team has also found a sense of camaraderie and passion. For the first time this the season, the boys were hugging, high-fiving and piling on one another in celebration.

"It was a love fest," Munger said.

Another plus is playing on their home field. Forced to practice on the artificial turf at the Basin Recreation Field House and spend the first weeks of the season perpetually stuck on a bus traveling to away games, the completion of their new home field at Quinn’s Junction has made all the difference.

The Miners now have four games left on the season, and Munger says that all of them are winnable.

The Miners will face top-rated Olympus on Monday, May 1 at 4:30 p.m. at the Quinn’s Junction field.


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