Miners speed past Bountiful to advance to state championship game
Park City will face Olympus on Friday for the title
It only took the second-seeded Park City boys lacrosse team 22 seconds to find the back of the net in its state semifinal matchup on Wednesday against No. 3 Bountiful, and the Miners’ attack shifted into overdrive after that.
Senior John Trahan’s opening tally was joined by two more Park City goals in the first two-and-a-half minutes of the first quarter. Junior Jack McHenry couldn’t stop winning faceoffs, and the Miners continued to score at an unrelenting pace in the opening frame. By the end of the first 12 minutes of the game, Trahan had scored five goals, and the Miners had a 10-1 lead that turned into a 20-3 win. Park City will face Olympus at Zions Bank Stadium on Friday at 5 p.m. in the state championship game.
“We’d get those fast breaks and we’d move that ball quicker than they could rotate,” Trahan said. “And then it just kept going. Just 10 goals, and most of them were from the attack. It was from Chase (Beyer), me and Brendan (Johnson), and it just worked out really well. We were on fire in that first quarter, for sure.”
Trahan finished the day with seven goals and an assist, while Johnson had three goals and three assists. Beyer scored three goals as well. In Park City’s 14-8 win over Bountiful earlier in the season, the Miners trailed at halftime. This time around, Park City didn’t let the Redhawks hang around for long at all. The Miners have come a long way as a team since that initial meeting on March 22, and it showed on Wednesday.
“We’ve grown a lot,” Johnson said. “Just keep practicing, getting better, just bonding with the guys. I think that’s what’s made us better.”
Park City kept its foot on the gas in the second quarter, adding another five goals while shutting Bountiful out for a 15-1 halftime lead. Bountiful’s Hayden Hanson was among the nation’s top scorers this season, but Park City didn’t let him take over the game. Bountiful rarely had the ball in Park City’s defensive end early on, and Hanson was blanketed by Park City defenders whenever he had the ball. He had a goal in the first quarter, but Bountiful couldn’t keep up with the Miners’ torrid scoring pace.
“Our defense wouldn’t give him the ball,” Park City coach Michael Persky said. “Our defense wouldn’t let him get the ball. It was great, it was awesome. Our defense totally neutralized him.”
Between Park City’s fast start and domination at both ends of the field against a quality opponent, Persky thought the Miners played their best game of the season on Wednesday.
“They just came ready to play today, and they exploded,” Persky said. “I thought it was unbelievable and awesome how unselfish they were, how fast they were and how hard they played that first quarter to put up 10 against a good team like Bountiful.
“I thought the defense was hard and physical today. We had a gameplan today, we knew that we had to do that. And I think they did a great job.”
Persky was a big fan of junior Beckett Wolf’s game on Wednesday as well. Wolf had a goal and three assists for Park City, including a pair of helpers in the first quarter.
“We just did what we had to do, and we still got the dub,” Wolf said. “We’re still playing, we’re still dancing, so we’re feeling good.”
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