PCHS girls rout Corner Canyon
The Park City High School girls’ lacrosse team took the meaning of the word "teamwork" to a whole new level during the second half of Tuesday’s home opener against Corner Canyon.
Leading 9-3 at halftime, the Miners played a nearly perfect second half, scoring nine goals while allowing zero to earn an 18-3 victory.
Most impressively, eight different players notched the nine second-half goals, while the Park City defense stymied any forward attack from Corner Canyon.
Danielle Lecher, Ellie Faulk, Kenna Tychsen, Maike Wells, Haley Adelman, Lolo Frost, Jennifer Gordon and Hannah Hyatt all scored in the second half, with Frost scoring twice.
"It really is a team effort and we focus on getting everyone involved," Park City coach Amy Hafets Cronin said. "Everyone is going to have their moment on the field. The fact that we have so many girls contributing is really exciting as a coach. It’s not all riding on just one person."
Still, Hafets Cronin added that she couldn’t have anticipated the level of teamwork displayed on Tuesday.
"It is so encouraging," she said. "We feel like we have a lot of depth on the team and we have confidence that all of our girls can go out on the field and make a difference."
It wasn’t just the offense that was clicking on all cylinders, though. Hafets Cronin said she’s been very impressed with the play of new goalkeeper Mireia Labadie Calaf.
"She’s an exchange student this year from Spain," she said. "She’d never played lacrosse before, but a couple of the girls that we have that play lacrosse and basketball were talking to her about coming out for it and she was like, ‘Yeah, I’ll give it a try.’"
Despite never having played the game, Calaf is a natural keeper.
"We graduated Ashley [Peabody], our goalie last year," Hafets Cronin said. "[Calaf] tried keeper and she’s a natural athlete. She’s had a stick in her hand maybe three weeks now she’s a sponge, absorbing everything she can, and she’s doing awesome. You can see a lot of the innate athlete in her."
Though Park City ran away with the win on Tuesday, improving to 6-0 on the young season, Hafets Cronin said her squad, which finished second in the state last season, will continue looking to improve in early-season action.
"It’s always good in the early season because you get tested by so many challenges you see how to handle adversity and get better from it," she said. "Whether it’s with weather or new rules and adjusting to officiating with the new rules, or new members of the team blending together, it’s always exciting at the beginning of the season to see, ‘OK, what can we learn, how can we improve?’"
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Even with the two wins this week, Hafets Cronin has a couple areas she wants to focus on in practice.
"We want to be a more proactive, not reactive, defense," she said. "They’re responding really well to that. Our focus right now is to work on our transition and our ride. When the other team has the ball, we want to work really hard to get it back before it crosses the 50. We have the mindset that our offense is our first line of defense."
And, when the ball does cross midfield, Hafets Cronin wants her defenders to pounce right away.
"We want to get the ball out quickly on defense and move it quickly back up to our offensive end," she said. "Possession is really important to us."
The Miners will be back in action on Wednesday, March 26, against Lone Peak. The game will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Knoop Field in Park City.
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