Miners girls’ LAX wins on festive Senior Night
May 1, 2015
Before the start of Tuesday night’s game, featuring the Park City High School girls’ lacrosse team taking on Olympus at Dozier Field, the team took time to recognize the nine senior players on the roster.
With so many seniors — Hannah Hyatt, Kate Cier, Lolo Frost, Ellie Meyer, Maime Graham, Reilly Falter, Maike Wells, Kendall Derber and Luisa Frankenburg — suiting up for the Miners, the team was in high spirits heading into the game.
Park City took a 5-2 lead in the first half before turning on the jets in the second half and cruising to a 12-3 victory.
Park City Coach Abbie Coleman said the first half wasn’t the Miners’ greatest effort, but she attributed the slow start to the pre-game festivities creating too much energy, leading to overly aggressive defense.
"It was fun," Coleman said. "But we weren’t quite as focused as we wanted to be in the first half. I think the mistakes we were making were more defensive, but not necessarily our low defense. It was just riding the ball defense. We’ve been practicing how to play body defense and the girls just didn’t seem to carry that over to today’s game until the last 15 minutes."
Hyatt led the way for Park City in her last regular-season home game on Dozier Field, scoring three goals and adding an assist. Jeni Gordon had two goals and two assists. Frost and Marina Mayo each had two goals and an assist. Maike Wells added a goal and two assists, Ellie Faulk and Graham each had a goal and an assist and Meyer chipped in with an assist in the win.
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Coleman was impressed with the way the Miners shared the ball on Tuesday, something the team has been working on all year.
"I definitely think our teamwork is our biggest threat," she said. "Of the 12 goals, 10 of them were assisted."
Though there is still one more regular-season game and the playoffs left on the Miners’ schedule, Coleman took time to reflect on what this year’s senior class has meant to the program.
"Having nine seniors on a team is almost unheard of," she said. "When I first moved to Park City, those girls were the first ones I coached on a club team, so it’s emotional. Having nine seniors, there’s so much leadership on the team. We have a diverse group of attack, mid and defense, so whatever the underclassmen are playing, they always have someone to look up to and ask questions to, other than the coaches."
Park City (11-0 overall) was scheduled to play Jordan on Friday, after this issue went to press. Coleman said the team will focus on continuing to improve with playoffs on the horizon.
"Moving forward, going into the playoffs, we need to make sure we’re thinking of the little details," she said. "We need to make sure we’re playing body defense and having good form. We need to keep our feet moving or, as we saw in the first half tonight, there will be lots of [foul] calls. It doesn’t help either team when the whistle keeps getting blown."
In order to win a second-straight state championship, Coleman said Park City will need to play two strong halves in every game and come out of the gates with focus and intensity. She added that the first half on Tuesday was a great way to stay motivated moving forward.
"Today was really good because we did get challenged," she said. "The halftime score was too close. That was a good reminder to our girls that we actually have to play well and can’t just be lazy and expect to win. We have to focus on all the little details, the fundamentals."