Boys’ LAX falls to Herriman
April 25, 2014
The Park City High School boys’ lacrosse team matched the Herriman Mustangs goal for goal in the second half of Thursday evening’s game at Dozier Field.
The Miners and Mustangs battled it out, each scoring eight goals in the final two quarters of play.
Unfortunately for the Miners, a rough first half led to the team entering halftime trailing 6-2. That four-goal deficit would hold up through the final 20 minutes, sending Park City to a 14-10 loss.
Park City coach Andy Langendorf pointed to a crucial first-half stat as one of the main reasons the Miners found themselves in an early hole.
"When we came into halftime, we had taken 22 shots and only eight of them had been on net," he said. "At this level, that’s just not going to work. You’re just not going to win like that."
Chad Merrick started the third quarter with a goal for the Miners, followed by an answer from Herriman. Then, Carson Dutkanych and Ryan Smith scored back-to-back goals to cut the Mustangs’ lead to 7-5.
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Herriman then went on a run of its own, scoring three straight before Chase Christensen and Kolton Atkinson scored goals at the end of the third to make the score 10-7 Herriman.
Christensen added another goal to start the fourth quarter and make the score 10-8, but then the Mustangs scored four straight goals to secure the victory.
Late fourth-quarter goals from Christensen and Dutkanych weren’t enough to bring the Miners within striking distance.
"It all boils down to we didn’t shoot the ball well," Langendorf said. "We had every opportunity to tie the game, even win the game."
But, he added, Herriman played well with the lead, not allowing the Miners to gain any momentum.
"They’re smart," he said. "They had four goals on us and then they just went into aggressive possessions where they never pushed anything until it was completely there for them."
With the Mustangs spending so much time on offense, Langendorf said the pressure on his defense was immense.
"Our defense was completely exhausted," he said. "There was nothing they could do."
Langendorf also credited Herriman for containing Jackson Burton, one of the best face-off specialists in the state.
"You get away with little secrets like that early in the season, but scouting reports are out," he said. "People watch film. They simply locked him down they put a big, strong player on him and locked him down. There’s only so much an individual can do. That’s just smart coaching on their part. Their goal was not to win the draw, it was to tie it up and see what happened from there."
But, Langendorf believes all of that could have been overcome if the Park City attack was more efficient on Thursday night.
"There’s not a lot we can really say to this the players on the field have to take responsibility for their lack of goal scoring," he said. "This is not a problem of Xs and Os this is a problem of owning the issue and cleaning it up."
The Miners didn’t have much time to work on their attack, however. They played again on Friday night (after this issue went to press). Langendorf said the quick turnaround could prove to be a blessing.
"The players will get to flush this game behind them quickly if they play well tomorrow night," he said. "There aren’t really any changes we can make that quickly from a coaching-staff perspective."
But, he added, the onus is on the attackers to make sure they capitalize on more opportunities for the rest of the season.
"I can’t tell a player to score," he said. "When you’re standing on the doorstep, you either score or you don’t."
Park City has two home games remaining on its schedule. The first is on Wednesday, April 30, when the Miners take on Judge Memorial at Dozier Field at 6 p.m. The final home game of the year is on Monday, May 5, against Riverton on the fields at Quinn’s Junction. That game is scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. start.