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Brighton Stays Undefeated in League Play With Win Over Rival Alta

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For Immediate Release – Brighton Lacrosse
Behind 3 goals by senior Luke Fairman, 4 points from brother Bubba, Logan Lund winning 81% of the face offs, and stifling defense by Nick Carrigan on Hawk leader, Chase Oviatt, the Bengals came away with a resounding 13-5 win Thursday night at Alta.
“Always good to get a win in conference, the boys played well.  I am happy with our play tonight,” commented Bengals head coach Brandon Horoba.
The win puts Brighton at 8-0 in league play with just 2 games left to play.  One more win vs either Pleasant Grove on Saturday or Olympus on Tuesday and the Bengals will clinch the first seed in the inaugural season of the UHSLL playoffs.
Brighton jumped right on the Hawks as Luke Fairman tallied his first goal just 32 seconds into the game with a beautiful running shot down the right alley.  That has become a signature move for Luke who possesses the speed and strength to get past pretty much any defender he faces.  Bailey Pope added the second score of the night just 36 seconds later.  The first quarter ended with Brighton owning a 5-0 lead as 5 different Bengals put up unassisted goals.  Both teams traded scores in the second quarter and the half ended with Brighton leading 7-2.  Just like the start of the game the Bengals put up 2 goals in less than 2 minutes of the 3rd quarter to stretch the lead to 9-2.  The quarter ended 10-3 and Brighton won the fourth quarter 3 goals to 2 to notch the win.
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Zach Pexton and Chase Oviatt led Alta with 2 goals apiece.  Senior LSM Nick Carrigan drew the assignment of guarding the ever threatening Oviatt and did a great job keeping him away from his spots and uncomfortable all night.  One fan noted that Carrigan looked like he was wearing two jerseys as he blanketed Oviatt so tightly all game.
Lund, one of the best face off players in the state kept the ball in the Bengals hands almost all night with his incredible prowess & skill.  The Hawks thru at least 3 different players at him including a long pole to try and stop him from his domination at the midfield X.
Quinton Mathie was back in goal for the Bengals after getting a two game rest to prepare for the playoffs.  He tallied 6 saves and was extremely impressive with his passing in the clear game.  His complement of defenders including Bryson Taylor who had 5 ground balls, an assist and a handful of successful clears; Brody Bolerjack who notched his 4th goal of the year and played stifling defense; and Nathan Kenney, back from a one game illness with his pesky stick checks, lowered the boom on the Alta offense.
The Brighton-Alta rivalry is always a big deal to these players and it was great to see a hard fought, well played contest from both teams.  The Bengals will look for win #9 in league play Saturday night at Pleasant Grove, while Alta will look to stop their 3 game losing streak against Juan Diego on May 1st.

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