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Park City Outlasts Lone Peak, Ready to Defend Title

The girls D-I semifinal game between the Park City Miners and Lone Peak Knights looked like it might be an upset early–the Knights ran out to two quick goals in under two minutes and had the Miners on the ropes early. The pendulum of momentum swung, however, and Park City countered, but Lone Peak answered, and the contest was within two goals for most of the afternoon. The Knights, finding themselves down by two and under ten minutes to go, started trying to thread the needle and push transition, causing them to turnover the ball multiple times and unable to take advantage of their opportunities, giving Park City lots of possessions. That’s all the Miners needed to close the game out, and they poured in the goals late in the second half to secure the 15-8 victory.
“I’m pretty proud of our team,” said Park City coach Kassandra Lemons, “I think when Park City steps on the field it’s not just two-three players that really shine, it’s from start to finish–starting with our goalie, our defense, our midfield, our offense…we’re a young team, but I’m really proud of them coming out and playing Park City lacrosse.”
Marina Mayo did the lion’s share of the work in the first half, scoring Park City’s first four goals of the contest and adding another just before halftime; she finished the game with 7 goals. Other contributors on offense included Brianna Baumann, who tallied a pair of goals, and Gabrielle Nixon, who had three straight to close the game out.
2016-ParkCity-LonePeak-Girls-Semifinals-25The final score doesn’t indicate how close this game truly was, however, and there were some standout performances from the Knights, as well–London Mohowski was a presence for Lone Peak, scoring four goals and drawing the defenses attention all afternoon long, and Sky Rust, who scored the last two for the Knights, pulling them within two before the Miners ran away with it.
“When they chill out and relax, and realize that it’s just the same game we play everyday, they find their groove,” said Coach Lemons about her team’s strong second half, “We’re really excited to defend our title, but more excited to play another 60 minutes.”
Park City will play those 60 minutes against American Fork at Brighton High School this Saturday at 2:30 pm for the State Championship.

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