Park City girls LAX team wins Gathering of the Tribes
South Jordan, Utah It was another tournament win for PCHS girls’ lacrosse varsity squad at the annual Gathering of the Tribe Tournament in South Jordan over the weekend.
In the two-day tournament, Park City beat Lone Peak, Rocky Mountain (Idaho), Judge Memorial, and Pleasant Grove in pool play. In the semifinal round, the Miners took on the Skyline Eagles. Park City came out fast and strong, beating the Eagles at the draw and attacking furiously on offense. The Eagles’ starting goalie was ill over the weekend and their backup goalie was no match for the multi-faceted offensive talent of Park City. Meanwhile, Skyline’s offense was nearly shut down by Park City’s defense that was coached to face-guard three of Skyline’s strongest offensive threats. The Miners went on to beat Skyline 11-4 and advanced to the finals against Alta.
The championship match against Alta proved to be like all Alta-Park City games aggressive, fast, and down to the wire. The Miners went into the match without their starting and highest-scoring midfielder, senior Co-Captain Caitlin Jarratt (who was on a trip looking at colleges on the East Coast), and starting senior defender Co-Captain Sierra Schlag (who was injured in the first game of the tournament). Alta was led by two strong seniors at center and attack and a pack of young sophomores who are aggressive on defense and fast on the attack.
The Miners ran with Alta, essentially trading goals, but found themselves down 5-4 at half and quickly down by 2 (6-4) early into the second half. With momentum going in Alta’s favor, Park City rallied with a critical score. Park City coaches Amy Hafets Cronin and Abbie Coleman then called a critical timeout to get into the heads of their squad and reinforce the simple fact that the team that wanted it more would win the game.
Park City came out of the huddle and found the back of the net again. It was an all-out commitment by all Park City players on both ends of the fields to chase down every 50/50 play, stay aggressive on defense, and control possession. Park City went on to score three more times, outscoring Alta 5-1 in the second half and shutting down Alta’s offense with solid double/triple teaming effort by the midfielders and the defensive line.
The game could easily have gone the other way, but seniors Alex Miele, Co-Captain Natalie Frost, Ashley Peabody, and Maddie Haynes all stepped up to fill the void left by their absent teammates. Park City secured the championship beating Alta 9-7. Hannah Hyatt (sophomore midfielder/defender) was named MVP for Park City varsity’s final game.
Park City girls’ lacrosse JV also made it to the finals, beating Jordan, Juan Diego, Skyline, and Herriman in pool play. Matched up against Riverton in the championship match, the JV squad was looking strong with great teamwork, passing, and aggressive defense. The Miners played an outstanding game but, with 35 seconds left in the game, Riverton scored and Park City lost 6-5. Sierra Wakefield (sophomore-attack) was named MVP for Park City JV’s final game. Park City JV is coached by Kate Simonds and assistant coaches Christina Bhanos and Glee Corsetti.
Earlier in the week Park City varsity (3-0) and Park City JV (1-0) beat Riverton in season play. The Miners have a bye this week but will return to play on Thursday, March 28, when they take on Bingham, whom they haven’t seen since last year’s state championship match. (Park City fell to Bingham by one in double overtime.) The game will be played at Westvale Elementary, 2300 W. 8600 South, in West Jordan. The varsity game starts at 5 p.m. with the JV game to follow.
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