Sun shines on Miners’ girls lacrosse
April 9, 2010
Five games into its season, the Park City High School girls’ lacrosse team might have to wait a little bit longer for its first true home opener.
The Miners were scheduled to play at home against Judge Memorial at 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday, with another game scheduled for the same time Thursday against Olympus, but Dozier Field is covered in snow from recent storms.
If the field is not cleared, that first "home game" against Judge will take place at Big Cottonwood Park in Salt Lake City, with fingers crossed for Olympus.
"We’re a little frustrated that nobody’s making it a priority to get our field cleared for our first home game," said head coach Amy Hafets. "Our girls have to be incredibly flexible."
PCHS kept its focus to win at Woods Cross last Friday in a delayed after heavy snow and hail fell during warm-ups. The bad weather eventually lifted, with Park City winning the game 15-9.
Junior midfielder/attacker Katie Baker led the team with 10 draw controls and senior midfielder Traci Shurtleff had nine.
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Junior attacker Sydney Smoot had a hat trick, as did Shurtleff and senior midfielder Mary Hardesty.
"She’s been instrumental for us," Hafets said of Shurtleff. "She’s all over the field."
Senior goalie and captain Dacia Morgan stopped 12 of 21 shots, with senior captain Madie Bell and sophomore Katie Coleman anchoring the defense in front of her. Bell moved from midfield to defense this year to make up for the large crop of departed seniors.
"We have a smaller group than in years past, but we’re working really well together," Hafets said. "I’ve been very impressed with (what) many of them have done in their new roles."
Four freshmen have joined the regular playing rotation for the Miners, who have two more opponents in their Northern Division this year with the promotion of former Division II teams Skyline and Brighton.
The Miners (4-1) also beat rival Murray 10-4 on their home field March 18, a big step forward against an opponent that beat them in the state semifinal last season and the state final the year before that.
"We’re very pleased," said Hafets, who has guided the Miners to playoff appearances in all four of her seasons at the helm. "We have high expectations for our girls, and we think we can go very far this year."