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Three-peat! Park City Wins Third Consecutive State Championship

2016-Girls-DI-ActionThe Park City Miners returned to the girls state championship game on Saturday to take on the American Fork Lady Cavemen in a 2016 championship match-up that many lacrosse fans anticipated from early in the season. Both squads had set themselves apart as elite this season and when their game in the regular season ended in a Lady Caveman one-goal victory. This game was a very different story, however; the Miners took control early with a five-goal run and rode great performances by Marina Mayo (7 goals) and Brianna Baumann (4 goals) to capture back-to-back-to-back state championships, winning convincingly, 16-7.
“Our game plan from the start was possession, possession, possession and to not let their style of play affect ours” explained Park City head coach Kassandra Lemons , “We got possession and we were ready to rock-n-roll from the start. Mayo’s always been a big threat–people know her name. But I’m really stoked on Bre Baumann’s play…they did their job and it was awesome.”
The game was a perfect example of why it’s said that lacrosse is a game of runs. Park City had commanding control of the draws early and Marina Mayo started the first Miner run, sweeping across the top to score in transition. This was followed by four more Park City goals: two more from Mayo (and one assist), a doorstep goal (and an assist) from Brianna Baumann, and a free position tally from Lois Garlow.
American Fork pushed back with a run of their own, taking advantage of failed Miner clears and pushing transition. Faith Ritchie snagged a Park City clear attempt and found Portia Card on the doorstep for the one-on-one with the keeper for the Lady Cavemen’s first score. On the next possession, Card again found herself alone against the goalie in transition and scored her second in a row. By this time, American Fork had figured out the draw and started to get the first look at some possessions, getting Mallorie Van Woerkom a free position chance where she was able to nestle the ball in the back of the net, cutting the PC lead to 5-3.
However, Park City isn’t the defending champ because they allow teams to run on them for long; the Miners made some minor adjustments and started to roll once again: five different Miners scored to close out the first half–Mayo and Ellie Faulk with free position scores, Shaye Henderson with a goal in transition, Jeni Gordon catching and finishing on the doorstep on a great fake-and-pass from Lois Garlow, and a Baumann sweep across the face of the goal to move the keeper and score, taking a 10-3 lead into the half.
The second half started in the same fashion, starting with a Lady Caveman three-goal run; American Fork appeared to calm down, nabbing these goals in settled situations: Savannah Ernst curling from behind the cage and finding the low corner, Sydni Greening feeding the ball to Van Woerkom on the doorstep for the score, and then Ernst face-dodging her defender to get her hands free for one more–bringing the score to 10-6 Miners.
The AF momentum would be short-lived, however, as Park City once again responded with a three-goal run of their own, squelching the enthusiasm of the Lady Cavemen. American Fork would score one more, but the Miners would put up a final three, effectively ending the contest.2016-Girls-DI-Trophy
“It feels pretty awesome,” said Coach Lemons, “I’m really, really proud of the girls–the definitely deserve it…We celebrate–we try not to take the sport too seriously, it’s supposed to be fun. I’m proud to be a Miner and I’m really proud of the girls, they deserve it.”

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