Miners pass Bountiful to advance to state championship game
It took just 22 seconds for the second-seeded Park City men’s lacrosse team to find the back of the net in their state semi-final game on Wednesday against No. 3 Bountiful, and the miners’ attack then turned into overdrive.
Senior John Trahan’s opening tally was joined by two more Park City goals in the opening two-and-a-half minutes of the first quarter. Junior Jack McHenry couldn’t help but win faceoffs, and the Miners continued to score at a steady pace in the first period. By the end of the first 12 minutes of the game, Trahan had scored five goals and the Miners had a 10-1 lead that turned into a 20-3 victory. Park City will face Olympus at Zions Bank Stadium on Friday at 5 p.m. in the state championship game.
“We were getting these quick breaks and we were moving that ball faster than it could spin,” Trahan said. “And then it continued. Only 10 goals, and most of them were attacking. It was from Chase (Beyer), me and Brendan (Johnson), and it worked really well. We were on fire in that first quarter, that’s for sure.
Trahan finished the day with seven goals and an assist, while Johnson had three goals and three assists. Beyer also scored three goals. In Park City’s 14-8 win over Bountiful earlier in the season, the Miners trailed at halftime. This time around, Park City didn’t let the Redhawks hang around for long at all. The Miners have come a long way as a team since that first meeting on March 22, and it showed on Wednesday.
“We’ve grown a lot,” Johnson said. “Just keep training, improving, bonding with the guys. I think that’s what made us better.
Park City kept their foot on the gas in the second quarter, adding five more goals while shutting out Bountiful for a 15-1 halftime lead. Bountiful’s Hayden Hanson was among the nation’s top scorers this season but Park City wouldn’t let him take control of the game. Bountiful rarely had the ball in the Park City defensive end at first, and Hanson was covered by Park City defenders whenever he had the ball. He scored a goal in the first quarter, but Bountiful couldn’t keep up with the Miners’ blistering pace.
“Our defense didn’t give him the ball,” Park City coach Michael Persky said. “Our defense didn’t let him take the ball. It was great, it was awesome. Our defense totally neutralized him.
Between Park City’s quick start and their dominance at both ends of the field against a quality opponent, Persky thought the Miners played their best game of the season on Wednesday.
“They’re just ready to play today and they’ve exploded,” Persky said. “I thought it was amazing and awesome to see how selfless they were, how fast they were and how well they played that first quarter to put 10 against a good team like Bountiful.
“I thought the defense was tough and physical today. We had a game plan today, we knew we had to do it. And I think they did a great job.
Persky was also a big fan of junior Beckett Wolf’s game on Wednesday. Wolf had a goal and three assists for Park City, including a pair of assists in the first quarter.
“We just did what we had to do, and we still got the voice acting,” Wolf said. “We’re still playing, we’re still dancing, so we feel good.”