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UHSLL Championship MVP Luke Fairman & Goalie Quinton Mathie Lead Bengals to Third Title

Luke FairmanThe Brighton Bengals claimed the 2014 UHSLL championship on Friday with a 12-10 win over Corner Canyon. The Bengals are one of the most talented teams this state has seen and they certainly deserved the title. With a stacked roster and great players all around, two players stood out during the season, but particularly in the playoffs and the championship game. Luke Fairman led the team in scoring en route to the title with Quinton ‘Q’ Mathie holding down the defense in goal, making several game-changing saves, keeping the Bengals out of troubled waters.
Fairman comes from a family of athletes. He is the middle brother of an amazing lacrosse trio who are constantly excelling. Older brother Elias is a star in the midfield for the Westminster Griffins and younger brother Bubba is a starter on this Bengals squad as a sophomore. In his senior season, Fairman received the honor of 1st Team All-State as a midfielder. His outstanding play from the season was augmented during the playoffs. Fairman was awarded both MVP of the UHSLL playoffs and MVP of the championship game for leading the team in scoring with four goals and two assists in the title tilt. His goals came at crucial moments and raised the moral of his teammates. Fairman scored the final goal of the game, sealing the win for the Bengals.
“This team is unreal,” said Fairman, “funnest team I have ever played with. It all happened in the end.”
Despite a slow start due to injury, Fairman was a season-long contributor in both goals and assists. Building up steam and improving more and more each game, Fairman was a star by the end of the final game, following in the footsteps of Elias and setting the bar high for Bubba.
In talking about being awarded playoff MVP Fairman stated, “I just realized it was my last three games of high school, so I let it all go.”
Quniton MathieBengal Goalkeeper Quinton Mathie proved to be a star all season, topping the league in goalie statistics. Mathie ended the season with a save percentage of over 60%, allowing just more than half as many as he saved.
Mathie’s impact on the championship game was crucial. Leading into the team’s seventh goal, Mathie had a huge save, which the team cleared down the field for a second quarter goal. Later in the quarter, Mathie found himself face-to-face with an unguarded attackman. Mathie perfectly mirrored his opponent’s movements with a big save going into halftime. These and others like them gave Brighton a huge advantage in the first half.
“It was pretty back and forth the second half,” commented Mathie. “The first half was kind of us running away with it. The second half was just them coming back and not ever giving up.”
The Bengals had a healthy lead for much of the game, but Corner Canyon brought the game back within one in the waning moments of the game. Despite allowing several goals in the final quarter, Q was not going to let his team lose. With 45 seconds left in the game and only a one-point lead, Mathie had yet another huge save, cleared the ball down the field where Luke Fairman scored again to put the Bengals up by two. With seconds left, Corner Canyon scrambled for possession and got it. With one last ditch effort the Chargers took a final shot, again saved by Mathie at the last second of the game.
Referring to the save that led to Brighton’s final goal, Mathie said, “I saw him shoot and I just went as hard as I could, jumped right in front of it. It hit me right in the chest. I got off the clear.”
“It was a wonderful season,” continued Mathie, “I am definitely going to miss playing with these seniors. It was probably one of my favorite seasons so far. We definitely worked really hard to get here. We started off pretty slow, we had pretty close games. As the season went on we built up our level of play.”
Mathie ended the championship game with a total of 10 saves including 5 in the second quarter alone. Mathie’s percentage was 50% on the night.

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