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Brighton dominates Novi in KLAA Championship WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • Brighton's defense led by #36 Lee Conquest (right) checks Novi's #19 John VanderMey in the Bulldogs 17-5 victory to win the KLAA Association Championship on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 (Special to The Oakland Press/CHRIS WALL)
  • Alex Caprara wins the face off for Novi as the Wildcats fall to Brighton 17-5 in the KLAA Association Championship game on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at Brighton (Special to The Oakland Press/CHRIS WALL)
  • Novi's David Ayala winds up for the shot in the third period in the KLAA Association Championship game on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at Brighton (Special to The Oakland Press/CHRIS WALL)
  • Patrick Wojtylo drives to the net for Novi in the 17-5 loss to Brighton in the KLAA Association Championship game on Tuesday, May 13, 2104 (Special to The Oakland Press/CHRIS WALL)
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BRIGHTON – Streaks are made to be broken.

The Novi boys lacrosse team was one of the hottest in the state entering Tuesday’s KLAA Championship game with Brighton.

Representing as champions of the Kensington Conference, the Wildcats had won seven straight as they were looking to avenge a previous 13-6 loss to the Bulldogs.

Instead, the Wildcats saw everything that was going well in their win streak disappear, as Brighton dominated the game, winning 17-5 to claim the KLAA title.

“A lot of things went wrong. The hustle, the intensity. The team just didn’t come out and play at all,” Novi coach Eric Hoffman said. “We laid an egg. Brighton is a good team and it would have been a close game regardless, but we just didn’t have our ‘A’ game and they did.”

After a 2-2 start through one, Brighton (11-3) took over using their midfielders to lead the offensive attack, something Brighton coach Renn Moon believed would be to his team’s advantage.

“We felt we had a mismatch at the midfield position. We felt that (Novi’s) defense was really strong against our attack, but that our midfield was better athletically, so we attacked their midfield and continued to attack from up top and it appears that (Novi) wasn’t able to make adjustments,” Moon said.

Novi (11-6) struggled to maintain possession over the final three periods, as turnovers, slips and missed shots racked up.

“It was like we got our first look and then we were heading back down to the other side of the field,” Hoffman said. “We were going through our sets (when we were winning) and that wasn’t the case (Tuesday). Not a very good team effort. It was bunch of individuals trying to play lacrosse and it’s a team sport.”

When Novi did get a good look, Brighton goalie Connor Konas was there to make the save. For the ninth time this season, Konas held an opponent to six goals or less.

“Connor has been making some great saves all year,” Moon said. “He’s been making a lot of one-on-one saves against guys and those things keep the team positive and keeps everyone motivated. He has done a great job all year.”

Novi had a chance to get into the game midway through the third as Brighton committed a two-minute non-releasable penalty with the score 8-4. During the two minutes, the Wildcats managed just one shot and actually allowed a Brighton goal, eliminating any chance of a comeback.

“The first time we played Novi, they were able to creep back into the game because of penalties,” Moon said. “We were just focused on getting the ball and get back on offense and kill the penalty, which we did a great job of, and even got a goal from it.”

Lee Conquest had five goals to lead Brighton in the win while Jacob DesRosiers had three goals and three assists.

Alex Caprara had two goals to lead Novi while Sam Meisel, Mark Ghannam and Brian Stewart also scored.

The Wildcats get the postseason started on Thursday when they host Salem in a pre-regional match.

“If we play like this, it is going to be a short season,” Hoffman said. “We have a big game with Salem on Thursday, but if we play like we did (Tuesday), we are going to get beat.”

Last Updated: 5/13/2014 10:40:31 PM EST

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