PCHS boys’ lacrosse: Miners will learn from heartbreaking losses
March 16, 2012
Asked for an appropriate word, Park City High School boys’ lacrosse head coach Andy Langendorf used "barnburners."
His Miners traveled to the Salt Lake Valley Tuesday and Wednesday evenings to take on Utah lacrosse powerhouses Bingham and Jordan, and while Park City returned home each night with a loss under its belt, Langendorf said he was more proud of his team’s efforts in the last few days than he’s ever been.
On Tuesday, Park City traveled to South Jordan to face Bingham. After trailing by four at halftime, Park City rallied to tie the game at 14-14 in the dwindling minutes of the game. After neither team could break the deadlock, they advanced into sudden-death overtime, where Bingham was able to score the golden goal and escape with the win, 15-14.
"I thought it was a soft goal," Langendorf said. "But the game was back and forth, super exciting; three goals scored in the last three minutes."
On Wednesday, Park City traveled to Jordan to face the Beetdiggers, and Langendorf said the showdown followed nearly the identical script as Tuesday’s dramatic loss to Bingham.
Once again, Park City trailed by four before rallying to take the lead. Jordan responded by tying and then taking the lead, eventually escaping with an 11-10 victory.
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"It was funny," Langendorf said. "Jordan’s last goal they scored to win the game was very similar to the goal that beat us the night before. It wasn’t a great shot and (goalie) Peter (Hoburg) never saw it.
"The kids were upset, but my take on it is, we’re just preparing to play the bigger games. These are the games we really need, so it’s tough to lose those games."
While the Miners fell to 2-2, Langendorf said being able to hang with 5A teams on the road proved Park City’s new system is working. Now, he said, he must shore up the defense after starting out the season putting the onus on the offense.
"We’ve got to do a better job at back there and we’ve got to tighten up," he said. "We need to tighten our fundamentals. We make mistakes and we don’t recover well from those mistakes.
"On the defensive side of the ball, when one player fails, the whole defense fails. That’s the system. You have to be in support of each other and that’s what we need to do. I’ve got a lot of ideas I want to work on."
Langendorf also said his team must work on its face-offs, which he said Park City is losing 70 to 80 percent of the time, thus giving more early possessions to opponents. He also said the Miners had four or five point-blank shots on goal Wednesday at Jordan that they couldn’t finish.
"The thing I like about it is they’re all things I can fix," he said. "I’m not too freaked out about it."
He added that senior Jake Gutman and sophomore Carson Dutkanych were standouts offensively for the Miners in the back-to-back games.
Park City gets back to business next week with another daunting task an away game at Alta on Tuesday.
"Another big squad, another state contender," Langendorf said. "We step back into the frying pan next week. (Alta) knows our system and they’re preparing away for us."