PCHS girls’ LAX routs Jordan 13-2
The Park City High School girls’ lacrosse team hosted its home opener on March 7 — a 22-1 win against West at the Quinn’s Junction fields.
But on Wednesday night, the Miners felt as though they had their real home opener when they hosted Jordan at Dozier Field. Park City Coach Kassandra Lemons said the atmosphere at Dozier makes the Miners feel more comfortable.
"The girls love playing there," she said. "It feels like home to them."
That comfort showed on the field as the Miners cruised to an easy 13-2 victory. Lemons said she was impressed with her team in every aspect of the game, especially after weather forced the cancellation of Tuesday’s practice.
"We didn’t have practice on Tuesday due to the snow and cold," she said. "So I’m pretty proud of the girls. The defense was lights out and we played well in transition. Our offense was as tenacious as ever."
Helping the defense with its lights-out play was freshman goalie Courtney Kaufman, who Lemons said has continued to improve as the year has gone on.
"Our goalie, it’s all about her confidence," she said. "She had some killer saves and that’s huge on the defensive end. Our girls really appreciate that. Goalies are like the conductors on the field."
On the attack, Lemons said it’s impossible to single anyone out for their strong play because the Miners play so well as a unit.
"I can’t say there are one or two players that are stepping up," she said. "It’s all of them. They’re working hard and opening up lanes for one another. Every single player is working hard to make each other look better."
Lemons said the Miners’ effort was at a season high on Wednesday, which showed in the hustle areas of the game.
"We had been pretty sloppy on the 50/50 balls, but last night was way better," she said. "Overall, it’s just building confidence. Sometimes we get flustered and flat because we are a young team. After they get their nerves out and clear their minds, though, they know what to do. We try to get everyone in the game as much as possible so their talent shines through."
On Friday night, after this issue went to press, the Miners hosted American Fork at the Quinn’s Junction fields. Lemons said American Fork is one of the most improved teams in the state and the Miners would have to play hard to win.
"It’ll come down to 50/50 balls, for sure," she said. "Part of being successful and having the success Park City has had the past few years is that teams really want to beat you. They have that extra adrenaline rush when they play you. For us to go out and win, we have to keep our cool. If we keep calm, I don’t see us having to change our game plan."
The Miners return to the field on Thursday, March 31. Park City (5-1 overall) is scheduled to host Alta at 6:15 p.m. at Dozier Field.
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The Miners ended up on the wrong side of a close game on senior night but are still fighting for playoff seeding.