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Bengals Storm the Strip, Take 2014 Best of the West Title

For Immediate Release – Brighton Boys Lacrosse
Brighton LacrosseThe Brighton Bengals boy’s varsity team weathered rain, wind and cold and came out on top of the 2014 Best of the West tournament this weekend in Las Vegas.
With a rematch, overtime 6-5 win over hometown favorite the Cougars of Henderson, Brighton took home Utah’s first ever High School A division BOTW championship.  After a hard fought 44 minutes of play the score was tied 5-5 between the top two tourney teams.  Not to be denied the Bengals took the face off, patiently worked the ball around finding senior captain Luke Fairman topside right for a top to top rip to the right corner for an epic close to a hard fought game and tournament by the Bengals.
To get to the title game Brighton first suffered a season beginning loss to the Cougars in a Friday night warm up game 11-9.  On Saturday they came back with wins over Logan (10-1), Herriman (7-4) and Timberline (6-2).   A loss to the Centennial Bulldogs 6-8 sent the Bengals into Sunday’s playoff round with the 2nd seed in their bracket.
Wins over Faith Lutheran (6-3) and Park City (7-3) in the semi finals, led Brighton to the championship game  and the heroic shot by Luke Fairman.
Brighton Lacrosse - Ashton SchmidtBrighton had 11 different players score goals during the tournament led by Luke and Bubba Fairman, Ryan Fogarty, Grant Pierce, Bailey Pope, Forrest  Engle, Ashton Schmidt,  Scott Bunker, Bobby Paulson, Miles Paulson, and Hunter Albert.   The team boasted a 1.5 goal to assist ratio, displaying strong team play with additional offensive contributions from Kyler Garden and Parker Smith.
Defensively the Bengals were led by goalies Quinton Mathie who had a phenomenal tournament including a 16 save game vs. Faith Lutheran.  Teammate Mitch World also excelled between the pipes with his own 4 save game vs. Herriman.  Defenders Brody Bolerjack, Bryson Taylor, Nathan Kenney, Max Hoole and Aaron Nakamura played crazy pressure defense, providing the team with momentum shifting stops and some great takeaways leading to fast break opportunities.  Sione Lund, Kaden Garden and Dylan Pearmain were stellar performers in the clear game and provided strong short stick defense.
Brighton Logan Lund
The battle at the X was dominated by senior Logan Lund who fought all weekend to give the Bengals possession and offensive opportunities.  Mario Garcia and Sione Lund took several face offs continuing to dominate.  It is never just the FOGO that leads to success as LSM’s Nick Carrigan and Cameron Folkerson worked the midfield line picking up multiple ground balls and working hard on defense.
The trip proved to be a great kickoff to the 2014 Brighton season.  Congrats to the Bengals!!!
Brighton Lacrosse Best of the West

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