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Road trips up Miners at Alta

Matthew Piper, OF THE RECORD STAFF

Playing in a ski town, the Park City High School boys’ lacrosse team has come to expect a late start to the home season. Unfortunately for the Miners, familiarity doesn’t make it easy to swallow a one-goal road loss in a game that was slated to be played on your own turf.

The No. 2-ranked Miners had to do just that last Friday, April 9, when bad weather forced them to play at rival Alta for the second straight year. The result: a blown 4-1 lead and a 6-5 heartbreaking loss.

"It’s definitely a bummer," said head coach Ryan Sheaffer. "We wanted to win and it’s frustrating. I think everybody’s spirits would be lifted if we could practice in 50-, 60-degree sunshine."

The Miners were up by three early in the second quarter after controlling the game in the opening minutes. However, Alta moved to a zone defense, and PCHS found offense tough to come by for almost two full scoreless quarters.

With the two teams knotted at four apiece after halftime, Alta scored just once in the third and the teams exchanged goals in the fourth, leaving Park City a buck short.

"It was definitely a defensive battle," Sheaffer said. "The thing that really hurt us in the third was clearing the ball from defense to offense. And they beat us bad on ground balls."

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Sophomore goalie Peter Hoburg kept the Miners in it to the end, Sheaffer said, recording 14 saves and standing tall in the third quarter.

Two Park City players recorded two points: senior Matt Mersereau with a goal and an assist and junior Griffin Perkiel with two helpers.

PCHS won’t have to wait long for a shot at redemption. The state’s No. 1-ranked team, Brighton, will host the Miners on Wednesday.

"That should be a great game," Sheaffer said. "I think both teams match up pretty well."