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Brighton Outplays Alta For 10-4 Win

Luke Fairman (L) and Bubba Fairman (R) Combined for 4 goals and 4 assists against Alta
Luke Fairman (L) and Bubba Fairman (R) Combined for 4 goals and 4 assists against Alta

The Brighton Bengals made a statement on Tuesday night when they beat the Alta Hawks 10-4 in one of the better rivalries in Utah lacrosse. The first half was close, but the third quarter was dominated by Brighton who never looked back.
Alta started the scoring when Cole Parkinson finished for the early goal. Five minutes later, Brighton Midfielder Logan Whipple took the ball coast-to-coast, shooting in the 5 hole, making the score 1-1. Alta answered a minute later when Chase Oviatt scored off a quick restart when Alta Attackmen Tanner Brown quickly got the ball off the end line, looked up, heard the whistle then found Oviatt who was wide open who ripped a shot for the goal, giving Alta the 2-1 lead after the first quarter.
The Fairman brothers combined for the first goal of the second quarter when Junior Attackmen Luke found little brother, Freshman Attackmen ‘Bubba’ creeping on the crease. Bubba caught the ball and quickly scored to give Brighton their first lead of the game. Alta scored 3 minutes later when LSM Garrett Bullett brought the ball down the field off a turnover, got clobbered in the middle of the box while passing to Parkinson whose shot was deflected right to Conner Pyle who was able to easily score on the open net.

Luke Fairman (L) and Bubba Fairman (R) Combined for 4 goals and 4 assists against Alta
Luke Fairman (L) and Bubba Fairman (R) combined for 4 goals and 4 assists against Alta
On the next possession, Brighton was able to tie the game when Luke Fairman took the ball from X and wrapped around on a great individual effort. Still in the second quarter, the ball was loose on the Brighton end of the field and was eventually popped up to Bubba Fairman on the crease who shot it behind-the-back to give Brighton their first lead of the game. Brighton Midfielder Ryan Fogerty scored his 7th goal of the season that came from a top-right rip in an unsettled situation, giving Brighton a 5-3 lead at halftime.
The Bengals came out of halftime on fire with all of the momentum in their favor. Bubba Fairman kicked off the scoring on a fast break when Whipple caused a turnover, ran the length of the field, dished to Luke Fairman who found Bubba on the crease. Bubba faked the goalie twice then shot for the goal, causing the Brighton bench to explode with excitement. The Alta offense couldn’t connect passes, dropped balls and failed to shoot on cage. The Brighton defense was able to capitalize on the Alta woes by successfully clearing, giving the Bengals opportunities to score. The next Brighton goal came at 6:17 in the third quarter Chandler Pia hit the top-left corner on a huge time and room shot. Fogerty found the back of the net again when he dodged from the top of the box, beat his defender and shot on the run down the channel. With 5 minutes remaining in the third, Whipple again caused a turnover on the defensive end and took it the distance finding Luke Fairman who found Ashton Schmidt for the goal. The Brighton terror would end at the 3:23 mark when Bubba Fairman found Caden Folkerson for the goal.
The fourth quarter saw the Alta defense start to play better, not allowing any goals for the Bengals. Alta did score again when Harrison Waddoups scored off a nice feed by Oviatt but it was ultimately too late for a comeback.
“It means a lot to these guys,” said Brighton Head Coach Brandon Horoba. “No one gave us a chance to win this game and we played with a chip on our shoulders and came away with the win.”
The Fairman brothers combined for 4 goals and 4 assists with Bubba scoring 3 and assisting once. Oviatt led Alta with a goal and an assist. Brighton Goalie Quinton Mathie had 8 saves while Alta Goalie Grant Archer had 9 saves.
Brighton played one of their best games of the season, getting key contributions all over the field.
“Whipple isn’t going to fill up stat sheets but he got us our first goal and started several more, he is easily the best D-middie in the State,” said Horoba.
Brighton has a quick turnaround when the host Timpanogos on Wednesday, at Alta. The Hawks will host Bingham on Firday.

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