PCHS boys’ LAX takes down Logan
The Park City High School boys’ lacrosse team took the field for just the second time this regular season on Wednesday evening against Logan at Quinn’s Junction.
The Miners’ lack of competition experience showed at times, but they took a 6-0 halftime lead and were able to earn a comfortable 10-2 victory against their opponents.
Park City Coach Nick Gradinger said the effort was there for the Miners on Wednesday. Now, he added, the team needs to match that effort with making the smart play.
"The sloppiness is a byproduct of us not having the game experience," he said. "We’re not taking care of the ball as much as we’ve talked about. The thing we talk about all the time is playing the hardest and playing the smartest. Tonight, we actually played hard, but we just didn’t play intelligently. Hopefully we can clean that up because we’re facing a really good Alta team on Friday."
Much like the Park City squad, Gradinger said Logan is facing its own injury problems — something that was apparent on Wednesday evening.
"This Logan team is really good, but they’re a little beat up," he said. "We caught them at a favorable time for us. But we’re happy to get a win and we look forward to a big game on Friday."
The score could have been a lot closer, but Park City goalie Sheridan Buchholz made scoring difficult for the Grizzlies with several outstanding saves.
"Sheridan covered us up," Gradinger said. "They got four or five doorstep looks and he made the score look better than it was. If we don’t clean that stuff up by Friday, we’ll be in bad shape."
The Miners also dominated the Grizzlies in the faceoff circle, frequently winning extra possessions thanks to the play of Jackson Burton and Eli Levine. Gradinger said the Miners are lucky to have dominant players in the goal and in the faceoff circle.
"It’s so invaluable," he said. "It’s another one of those things — good goalkeeping and having possession after possession — that makes us look better than we are at times. It’s a luxury we’re happy to have."
The final key to the Miners’ success was the toughness they displayed against a physical Logan team, Gradinger said.
"I think we played hard tonight," he said. "The kids played a little more physical than we’re used to. It’s comforting to see that we can elevate ourselves to that pace."
The Miners hosted Alta at Dozier Field on Friday night, after this issue went to press. Gradinger said Park City was ready to test itself against one of the bigger programs in the state.
"At the end of the day, we need to have that consistency when we play bigger teams from the [Salt Lake] Valley and we’re playing one of those bigger programs in Alta," he said. "They’re playing a really good brand of ball right now and we’re excited for the challenge. We’ll go into Friday knowing we need to play better [than on Wednesday]."
Park City (2-0 overall) will return home on Wednesday, March 30, for a rematch of last year’s state championship game against Corner Canyon. The game is scheduled to start at 6:15 p.m. at Dozier Field.
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After starting the year 0-3, the Miners are rolling. They’ve won their last three games, including Friday’s blowout over a region foe.