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Courtesy of Chris Lund Luke Fairman helped Brighton reach the Division I state semifinals this season.
Prep boys lacrosse: Luke Fairman earns All-American honors
Lacrosse » Brighton junior is “consummate team player.”
First Published Jun 05 2013 03:53 pm • Last Updated Dec 07 2013 11:32 pm

Luke Fairman was so dissatisfied with his play in a game at one point this season that he shot 200 balls at his family’s makeshift lacrosse field.

If that doesn’t illustrate his determination, nothing will.

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The Brighton junior might have been overshadowed by the arrival of his brother, freshman phenom Bubba Fairman, but Luke is a solid player in his own right. The elder Fairman received All-American recognition in addition to first-team all-state and all-conference honors this season.

"He prides himself on what he’s doing and how well he’s playing," Brighton coach Brandon Horoba said. "He’s one of the best players in the state of Utah. He’s a great kid and a really good player. He knows it, but he doesn’t go out of his way to show it. He’s humble. He’s the consummate team player."

Fairman had 52 points (26 goals, 26 assists) through 14 games for the Bengals, who lost in the Division I semifinals to Lone Peak. After playing midfield for 2 1/2 years, he was asked to join the attack, and he flourished in that role.

Rather than focus on scoring, Fairman was content with setting up others, including his brother. Bubba led the team in scoring with 61 points (36 goals).

"I create more than I finish," Luke said. "I would be dodging double teams and let others finish it. Without me, [Bubba] wouldn’t have scored so much. We help each other. It was a lot of fun playing with him. We have a lot of chemistry."

Luke has made a name for himself in the high-school lacrosse ranks with his ability to score and distribute. Coaches are well aware of him, and colleges are taking notice as well. His work ethic sets his apart from others, Horoba said.

"He leads by example with his hard work at practice and away from the field," Horoba said. "When I asked him to be an attackman for us, his response was ‘Whatever is going to help the team.’ With his talent, he could be selfish on the field, but he’s not. He’s willing to do whatever it takes to help the team."

Fairman, a three-year varsity player, took satisfaction in how the Bengals performed despite what was expected of them.


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"Everyone underestimated us and didn’t think we’d make it that far," Fairman said. "A lot of our better players graduated, and it was hard replacing them. Next season, we know we’re going to be the best team out there."

Much of that renewed hope stems from a loaded junior class and Bubba Fairman, who could become the state’s best player before long. Nonetheless, Horoba and Luke Fairman insist there is no sibling rivalry or jealousy.

"Absolutely not," Horoba said. "He’s treated as just another teammate. Luke is definitely as good a player as Bubba is. He knows Bubba is a great player, and he has to rely on his success for the success of the team."

Luke recalls growing up playing with his brother in the backyard.

"We’d always play against each other, and we know each other’s moves," said Luke, who was named All-American for the first time. "I didn’t think he’d do that well, but we needed a person to step up and take a spot on the team."

Luke has entertained the idea of playing with his older brother, Elias, at Westminster, while BYU also has expressed interest.



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