On a gorgeous night in Holladay, Utah, the No. 1 ranked Park City Miners in the ULN Coaches Poll took on the No. 6 ranked Olympus Titans in what was an exciting game from start to finish. When the dust settled, Olympus walked away with the upset and the 13-9 win.
“Park City is obviously ranked No. 1 in the state for a reason,” said Olympus head coach Matt Duke-Rosati. “Our whole game plan was to just play Olympus Lacrosse. We didn’t want to read into what they did too much. We just wanted to do what we do. … Offensively we kind of explored some short-stick matchups, but offensively we were just trying to play our game.”
It was the first instate loss for the Park City Boys Lacrosse team since the 2017 Boys Class A Semifinals against Juan Diego.
“This was the biggest step that we’ve taken as a program since I’ve been here,” said Duke-Rosati. We came out and beat Copper Hills, and then beat Park City. Granted, it was short handed as they didn’t have Andrew Pederson, but this is definitely the biggest step we’ve taken as a program since I’ve been here.”
Olympus jumped on the board first off of a goal by Xander Gordon. Tommy Poulton would add two of his own as both goals came from dodges down the right alley, putting them past the Park City goalkeeper.
Park City would then respond with a step-down shot from the top-left corner of the box by Thomas Vandenburg. Johns Hopkins commit Dylan Bauer would then add a goal with 3:31 to play in the first quarter, just as Olympus was bringing a man back on the field from a penalty on the Titans.
Bauer would score three goals, but the Olympus lacrosse team was able to do a solid job of limiting Bauer’s opportunities.
“I thought we did about as anyone could do on Dylan Bauer,” said Duke-Rosati.
The quarter looked like it would finish 3-2, however Hutton Murphy added a goal with 34.2 seconds left in the period to put the Titans up 4-2 at the end of the first.
Park City would open scoring in the second quarter. Dylan Bauer dodged down the right alley, side-stepped the slide and let loose a shot that was saved, but Bauer collected the rebound on the right side of the cage, wrapped around the back of the goal and scored on the opposite side.
Olympus would add two goals to make the score at halftime 6-3 for the Titans.
After the teams traded goals in the early third quarter, Park City would go on a four-goal run to help get Park City the 9-8 lead. All of the momentum seemed to be going Park City’s way.
Then, Olympus turned the tides.
Olympus went on a five-goal run in the fourth quarter to gain the 13-8 lead. A Park City goal with little time remaining would make the final score 13-9.
“At halftime we told our team, they’re going to come out firing. They’re not going to just go away. We were kind of expecting that run. We just told our boys to have fun, not get too tense and answer the call in the fourth quarter,” Duke-Rosati said.
Not to be overlooked was Oliver Dalrymple’s performance in goal for the Titans. Dalrymple would finish with 12 saves in the game.
“That was unbelievable,” said Duke-Rosati. “We had our fair-share of defensive lapses tonight, and he found a way to keep us in the game. That kid is on fire right now.”
Olympus will travel to Northridge on April 9, while the Park City Miners will look to regroup against Judge on April 11.