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Brighton Goes 2-1 in Denver

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For Immediate Release – Brighton Lacrosse
The 2014 annual Brighton trip to challenge Denver’s top teams was marked with great play, a last second loss, and two come from behind wins. Each year Coach Horoba sets up games with some of the best Private and Public High Schools in Denver. This year Brighton faced 2013 4A State Champions – Wheat Ridge High School, Ponderosa High School, and Rock Canyon High School.
Coach Brandon Horoba, now in his 4th year as Brighton High School Varsity Head Coach with deep ties to Colorado and Denver in particular; always plans this road trip early in the season. Horoba says of the trip, “it is as much about growing together as a team as it is about the games.” After arriving back in Salt Lake Saturday night, Coach Horoba said, “we accomplished what we wanted during our team-building trip to Denver.”
Brighton’s first opponent Thursday afternoon was Ponderosa High School. Ponderosa jumped out to an early 3-1 lead catching Brighton a little off-guard and perhaps a little travel weary. Brighton roared back with 5 quick goals. The Bengals continued their momentum during the second quarter and closed the half up 8-5. Second half goals continued to pour in for Brighton for a final score 14-8.
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Friday’s game was against a tough Wheat Ridge High School team. Again the Bengals found themselves down 3-1 at the end of the first quarter. The score was 7-5 Wheat Ridge with 4 minutes left in the game, when a big defensive stop resulted in a Bengal score followed by a face-off win leading to a fast break score from the attack position tying the game at 7-7 with just over a minute remaining. Several Bengal shots went wide in a flurry of intensity during the last minute with none finding the net. Wheat Ridge came up with a GB and with 30 seconds on the clock one of their shots was backed up by the Bengal goalie.  On the end-line Bengal pass, with 11 seconds to play, the ball was taken away by Wheat Ridge for a quick one-on-one goal, resulting in a heart-breaking 8-7 loss for the Bengals.
Saturday’s game was against Rock Canyon and again Brighton started out on their heels and found themselves down for the third game in-a-row 3-1. Then the Bengal defense came up big with several stops allowing the offence to work its magic. Several scores from each team made for an exciting and balanced contest during the second and third quarters. With 6 minutes remaining in the game, Brighton decided to shift into high gear and scored 4 unanswered goals to wrap up the road trip with its second win besting Rock Canyon 10-7.
Brighton returns to Salt Lake to face Lone Peak this Friday.
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