PCHS girls’ LAX wins big again
March 11, 2016
The Park City High School girls’ lacrosse team started its season with a bang on Monday night, picking up a 22-1 home victory over West.
The Miners took their show on the road Wednesday night, with similar results. Traveling to play Woods Cross for the first time, Park City jumped out to a big lead and cruised to an easy 20-3 win.
Though the result was never in doubt, Park City Coach Kassandra Lemons said the game presented some unique challenges.
"It was a pretty interesting game," she said. "They have a grass field and we haven’t had any practices on grass. What the score shows is true to our performance, but we definitely have things to work on."
Lemons said playing on grass instead of on artificial turf changes the pace of the game drastically.
"With any sport, like soccer, if you play on grass, it’s a little slower and the ball doesn’t roll as fast," she said. "It’s harder to pick up a 50-50 ball, so that’s something we’re working on."
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Even with the unusual conditions, Lemons said she was happy with the way the offensive unit worked together. Of Park City’s 20 goals, 17 came off assists. Lemons said ball movement is a staple of the Park City offense and what makes it so fun for everyone on the field.
"Our program has a full roster of players who are committed to making everyone look like they stand out," she said. "They make each other look good."
Lemons highlighted a young player, sophomore Gabby Nixon, for her continued effort even after the victory was solidly in hand.
"[She]’s always been a talented player," Lemons said. "Gabby always cuts through, looking for opportunities to create space on the offensive end. When you’re up by that much, it’s tough to stay focused and go at game speed, but Gabby did."
First-year goalkeeper Courtney Kaufman continued to impress on Wednesday night. Lemons said that while Kaufman faced only seven shots, her four saves went a long way toward keeping the Miners motivated early.
"When we have the ball on that end, it’s great to see her focused and making the stops," she said.
This weekend, the Miners are in California to take on a pair of tough West Coast squads. Park City matched up with Foothills on Friday night, after this issue went to press, and take on Canyon Crest Saturday. Lemons said those games will be tough, but she’s excited to see how the Miners play.
"They’re confident," she said. "They’re ready to play a game that tests their limits and makes them struggle a little bit. Although we’ve got a home win and an away win, our philosophy is to take it game by game and not overthink it. We’re excited for some team bonding and to see what we’re made of."
The Miners return home on Wednesday, March 23, for a game against Jordan. The opening draw is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. at Dozier Field.
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