PCHS boys’ lacrosse: Miners throttle Highland Rams
March 9, 2012
One game, one very big win.
The Park City High School boys’ lacrosse team kicked off its 2012 season with a resounding victory over the visiting Highland Rams 18-1 Wednesday afternoon at Quinn’s Junction.
"My hats go off to those Highland guys," said Park City head coach Andy Langendorf. "We quickly got away on them, and it was pretty obvious we were going to be able to overpower them. But the game didn’t disintegrate into a boxing match. They were showing a very high degree of sportsmanship as we were definitely in control of the game. Sometimes, when you’re coaching in a game like that, guys take runs at each other. It remained a lacrosse game."
Park City dominated early, jumping out to an 8-0 lead after the first quarter. From there on, Langendorf said, he was able to pull some of his starters and give some varsity time to the younger and less-experienced players.
"It was unfortunate that it wasn’t more competitive," he said. "I don’t like those kinds of games. I had to call a couple timeouts to get guys focused."
Langendorf said the usual suspects were instrumental in getting the Miners off on the right foot, as Rufus Frost, Chris Boland and Jake Gutman helped the team jump on top the Rams. He said sophomore attackers Carson Dutkanych and Christian Pompoco also had impressive outings, along with freshman Kolton Atkinson.
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Frost and Dutkanych each had three goals a piece, while Gutman, Pompoco and Colin Roberson each had two goals. The Miners had six other players who scored one goal to bring Park City’s total to 18.
"In our starting attack there’s two sophomores and a freshman," Langendorf said. "I’d stack those three guys against any attack in the league. They’ve all got great hands and field vision."
While he called the dogs off early, the first-year head coach said he told his players to continue to fight.
"I told them, ‘If you truly are wide open and don’t shoot, it’s more insulting than actually scoring,’" he said.
Next up for the Miners is a trip to Jordan High School on Wednesday, March 14.
"One day at a time, one step at a time," Langendorf said. "With non conference games, a lot of people don’t read a lot into it. But I like to have that 10,000-foot view of, ‘A game is a game and your whole season is your whole season.’"