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Brighton Runs Away With Win Over Juan Diego

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On a rainy Saturday afternoon the lacrosse gods gave us sun just before faceoff as Brighton travelled south to play Juan Diego in a battle of the ULA and UHSLL top teams. The Brighton Bengals controlled the first half of the game, and never let Juan Diego get close enough, running ran away with the 16-6 win.
The first quarter started slowly with both teams playing great defense and ending each other’s possessions without allowing any goals. Brighton was first to get on the board when Bubba Fairman found Grant Pierce for the catch and shot. Brighton would extend their lead when Forrest Engle took a ground ball from a scrum and took it to net.  Off the following faceoff, Brighton would score on a textbook fast break when Grant Pierce found Bailey Pope to end the quarter with the 3-0 lead.
Juan Diego would get on the board after they caused a turnover and cleared the ball nicely to Jack Maddox who took on his aggressive defender and dumped the ball over the goalie’s shoulder. Brighton would answer shortly after when Fairman would find the back of the on a high to high rip to give Brighton the 4-1 lead.  Fairman would score again when Ryan Fogarty found him in the middle of the Juan Diego defense for another goal.  Ryan Green of Juan Diego would take a very nice rip and find the back of the net to end a long possession by the Soaring Eagle, bringing the game to 5-2 in favor of Brighton.  After a last second push by Juan Diego, Brighton would take their three goal lead to end the half.
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Brighton took full advantage of their first possession of the second half with Pope finding Engle for a quick goal. Brighton would extend their lead to 7-2 when Ashton Schmidt found Pope for the low to low five hole shot. Juan Diego got on the board when Ryan Green took a dodge ally and rolled back for a side arm shot off the goalie’s hip.  Brighton however would go on a quick run as they extended their lead 8-3 then to 9-3 when Pierce found Pope open for the fast break goal after Logan Lund won the faceoff and initiated the fast break.  Then Brighton long pole Nathan Kenney took a groundball on the defensive side of the field and took it coast to coast for the high to high rip and goal.  On another controlled possession for the Bengals, Pierce found Pope on the backside of the stacked zone for the backside rip. Juan Diego would end the scoring in the quarter when Austin Roberts grabbed a ground ball and drove to X when he found Maddox wide open in the middle of the field for the goal to end the scoring for the quarter and leave Brighton with the commanding lead 11-4.
Brighton started the fourth quarter with a commanding five goal run.  Luke Fairman took a gorgeous shot on a sweeping run across the top of the offensive box and zinged the back of the net.  Then Scott Bunker would get back to back goals to extend the lead to a ten for Brighton, but they didn’t stop there as Dylan Pearmain found Ashton Schmidt streaking through the middle of the defense for the catch and score. Hunter Albert would end the Brighton scoring with three minutes left in the game to give Brighton a 16-4 lead and put the game on a running clock situation.  That situation wouldn’t last long when Juan Diego would strike less than a minute later when Chantz Hower found Reilly Dumas for the goal to bring it back to a 16-5 Brighton lead.  With just one second left in the game, Tyler Stevenson found Tristian Courtney for the man up shot and goal from the top of the box to end the game 16-6.
Both teams are busy next week with Brighton looking to extend their winning record as they go back home to play Park City on Tuesday.   Juan Diego will look to rebound from the loss when they travel to Skyline on Tuesday that will start off a four game week for the Soaring Eagle.

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