Playoffs: Explorer season ends in Final Four

CUYAHOGA FALLS- The 2016 journey came to an end on Wednesday in the State Semifinals against rival St. Ignatius. The Explorers could never get untracked offensively as shots rang off the post or were gobbled up by the Wildcat goalie. Statistically, Hudson was in the game by out ground-balling the Wildcats 23 to 21, Hudson took just one less shot (30 for Ignatius, 29 for Hudson), and the faceoff battle went Hudson's way, too. However, the lack of execution on the offensive side and seven second half penalties spelled doom for the Navy and White and a 16-2 victory for St. Ignatius.

Congratulations go out to the 2016 seniors. Spencer Kline (goalie), Sean O'Loughlin (attack), Austin Ganley (midfield), Nate Menendez (midfield), Brendan O'Neil (midfield), Luc Jambon (midfield), and Chris Motter (face-off specialist) all gave us a lot of great memories over their career.

With 46 of the current 53 players returning for next season, the future of Hudson Lacrosse looks very bright.

On behalf of the coaching staff, thank you for a great season and we look forward to watching the development of the players in the years to come.

Enjoy the summer! Stay safe!

Playoffs: Explorers overpower Hoover

HUDSON- Hudson came out firing right away in the Regional Final and put up two goals in the first minute and posted eight goals total in the first quarter. The Explorers cruised to a 12-3 halftime lead. Another goal just 18 seconds into the third quarter took away any hopes for a Hoover comeback. By the end, the running clock took over and the Explorers won in epic fashion, 17-5. The victory is Hudson's ninth Regional Championship in the past 12 years.

Offensively, the Explorers took 51 shots and found the back of the net 17 times. Thirteen players recorded points in the game. Nate Menendez led the team with four goals and an assist, Luc Jambon had two goals and two assists, Max Cole had two goals and an assist, and Anthony Rightnour had a goal and two assists. Hudson will need to keep the offensive flow going against a tough St. Ignatius defense in the state semifinals on Wednesday.

Hudson's defense came to play on Saturday, and held Hoover to just eight shots in the first half. The relentless pressure frustrated the Vikings into turnovers, poor shots, and forced passes. Danny Saxon had four groundballs and hustled all over the field and Enrique Rodriguez forced two turnovers. Sean Weigel, Max Kleiman, Elliot Wasbotten, and Nathan Slater rotated in the third spot and kept the pressure on. Brandon Nelson, Matt Rudy, Mitch Gray, and Patrick Carter also contributed to the effort.

For the special teams, the faceoff crew of Chris Motter, Angelo Donatelli, Brady Ludewig, and Alex Beegle went 19-of-24.

Spencer Kline took home the gameball, coming up with eight saves against three goals. He was focused on getting the stop all game long!

NEXT: The rest of Hudson's journey to the championship will be away from the friendly confines of Memorial Stadium. On Wednesday, the Explorers will take on St. Ignatius in the State Semifinals at nearby CVCA. The Wildcats edged Hudson, 13-12 in overtime, in Cleveland. Faceoff is at 7:00pm in Cuyahoga Falls.

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Playoffs: Explorers overcome deficit vs Shaker

HUDSON- The Regional Semifinal versus Shaker Heights lived up to the hype of two high powered offenses who went at it all game long. Shaker jumped out to an early 5-1 lead, but Hudson battled back to trail 7-4 going into halftime. With some adjustments to shooting and a more refined sliding process, the Explorers were able to create turnovers and mismatches that led to a 6-2 third quarter run that put Hudson up, 10-9. The two teams then combined again for nine goals in the fourth stanza. However, the Hudson depth proved to be too much for the Raider defense, as the Explorers won, 15-13.

The offense sputtered early with poor shooting and turnovers, but started to claw back into the game midway in the second period. By halftime, Hudson was only down three and the explosion in scoring was pending. Nate Menendez had six goals on the day. Max Cole had three goals and an assist. Anthony Rightnour had 2 big goals and an assist. Angelo Donatelli scored a huge third quarter goal during the six-goal run. Cole Miller, Luc Jambon, and Chandler Kotseos also chipped in goals.

Defensively, Hudson took Shaker's best punches early in the game, but recovered, and settled down for the final three quarters. Enrique Rodriguez and Danny Saxon were all over the field with hustle and effort. Max Kleiman, Matt Rudy, and Sean Weigel added support. Nathan Slater subbed in for extra minutes as well. Stroud Corr subbed in the cage and came up with seven saves. Overall, the defensive effort was there, but the execution will have to improve for the Regional Finals on Saturday.

For the special teams, Chris Motter was amazing with 26-of-31 faceoff wins.

Chris Motter was awarded the gameball for is faceoff dominance and the 19 groundballs he collected. The possessions were the key part to the win.

NEXT: The Regional Finals are set for Saturday at noon against North Canton Hoover, whom Hudson defeated in North Canton earlier this month, 16-12. Faceoff is at 12:00pm at Memorial Stadium.

Playoffs: Explorers steamroll Stow

HUDSON- The 2016 playoffs opened for the Explorers with a 19-2 drubbing of the visiting Bulldogs from Stow-Munroe Falls in their first matchup since 2012. Hudson jumped out to a big 7-1 lead in the first quarter. The Navy and White pushed the lead to 11-2 by halftime and the running clock took over from there. Twelve different players recorded points for the Explorers.

The offense rebounded from its poor performance earlier in the week and generated 19 goals on 57 shots. Luc Jambon led all scorers with four goals and an assist while Chandler Kotseos had a three goal performance. Angelo Donatelli, moving from his short stick defensive role, was able to net two tallies. Several players had two point games, recording a goal and an assist.

The defense was more aggressive out front and was able to take away any Bulldog scoring chances. They created 10 turnovers and had a combined eight groundballs jumpstarted the transition game. Spencer Kline recorded just one save in the cage, while Stroud Corr and Matt Withem were not really tested either. The big test for the defense is coming on Wednesday night against Shaker's high scoring offense.

Faceoff groups won 18 of 22 and the MDD killed off all four Stow-MF EMO attempts.

The gameball goes to Joe Graf, who collected his first career hat trick.

NEXT: The playoffs continue for Hudson on Wednesday in the Regional Semifinals against the high-scoring offense of Shaker Heights. The Explorers got an victory over the Red Raiders, 17-13, in an early-season shootout. Faceoff is at 7:00pm.

WRA wrecks Explorers' finale

HUDSON- There are moments when teams have to bring the fight in order to improve and show what they are made of. For the Hudson Explorers, that point will have to come soon. After a humiliating, 7-2 loss to the visiting Pioneers from across town, the Explorers will try to get their game back on track for the start of the playoffs Friday night.

Spencer Kline came up with some huge saves to keep the Navy and White in the game.

NEXT: Hudson's playoff run begins on Friday as they host the winner of the Stow/Green first round matchup. Faceoff is at 7:00pm.

Explorers run roughshod over Kent

HUDSON- Senior Night against Kent Roosevelt put the spotlight on the seven members of the Class of 2016. The Explorers busted out of the gate with six first-quarter goals and stifled any runs the Roughriders attempted to muster. Hudson cruised to a 17-9 victory.

Offensively, Hudson was able to have 11 players record points in the win. Cole Miller and Anthony Rightnour each had three goals and an assist. Max Cole continued to set up the offense with four assists. Chris Motter, Luc Jambon, and Merrick Widdoes each had two goals. Brendan O'Neil, Austin Ganley, and Nate Menendez found the back of the net as well.

Defensively, Hudson played solid with the backups getting most of the time and attention. As the playoffs are now near, the roster depth is being developed nicely. Brandon Nelson had three ground balls, and Nathan Slater had three groundballs, three takeaways, and an assist.

Chris Motter was again dominant with 23 of 27 wins, 19 gbs, 2 goals, and 1 assist.

Cole Miller's huge performance (three goals and an assist) earned him the gameball.

In typical Junior Varsity fashion, 13 players recorded points in the 18-6 blowout of Kent Roosevelt. The JV team finishes the season with a 12-1 record and a 12-game winning streak. Congratulations go out to the coaching staff of Logan Parsons, Eli George, and Charlie Joyce. Kudos go to Lori, Charlton, Dunne, Withem, Nawn, Murphy, Graf, Beegle, Fultz, Russell, Pearl, Miller, Rudy, Widdoes, Kempf, Graham, Ludewig, Rightnour, Slater, Jagodzinski, Dickens, Wysmierski, Goad, Holland, Messina, Prisk, Regalo, and Smith. Good things are expected from you guys in the near future!

NEXT: Hudson finishes up their regular season Tuesday with a cross-town shootout against Western Reserve Academy. The JV team is done for the season, but the Varsity faces off at 7:00pm.

Explorers eclipse Everest Academy

HUDSON- Twenty-four hours after losing a tough three-overtime affair to Chagrin Falls, the Explorers returned to the field against a Canadian team full of talented players. The Explorers were able to jump out to a quick 6-2 lead. The visiting Eagles were able to rebound and cut the lead to 10-6 by half-time. After trading goals in the third quarter, the Canadians quickly got within two goals at 12-10, but Hudson was able to put the game away by scoring five of the next six goals. It was a well-deserved and much-needed 17-11 win by the host squad.

Max Cole was on fire leading the offense and guiding the Explorers with his two goals and five assists. Nate Menendez found the back of the net five times and had a helper, as well. Anthony Rightnour had a big game with three goals and an assist. Luc Jambon added a hattrick as well. Cole Miller, Brendan O'Neil, Adam Dunne, and Brady Ludewig each had single goals. Pat Burdett, Austin Ganley, and Max Charlton each added assists.

The Hudson defense was challenged by the slick stick skills of the Canadians. Spencer Kline was under fire by the Eagle shooters, but he was able to come up with 13 saves. A full rotation of defensive players was needed to recover from the previous night's game.

Chris Motter won 22 of 29 draws and had 17 ground balls. The EMO was 3-7 on the night.

Max Cole received the gameball for his two goals, five assists, and leadership of the offense.

NEXT: Hudson continues their homestand Friday as they host Kent Roosevelt. JV starts at 5:00pm and Varsity follows at 7:00pm.

Explorers fall to Chagrin in 3 OT

HUDSON- The Explorers suffered a stunning and crushing 9-8 defeat at the hands of the defending Division 2 state champions. Hudson held a 6-2 advantage at halftime, but surrendered the lead in the third. A scoring drought that started in the fourth quarter carried over into all three overtime periods as Hudson was never able to get the goal that it needed to clinch victory. Chagrin battled back all game and won with 1:36 left in the third overtime. Hudson will host Everest Academy from Canada on Wednesday evening.

Nate Menendez had three goals and an assist. The JV attack of Anthony Rightnour, Merrick Widdoes, and Max Charlton combined for two goals and two assists. Max Cole, Sean O'Loughlin, and Chris Motter also found the back of the net.

Defensively, Hudson played fairly well against the Tigers. Even though the final goal was not stopped in the third overtime period, they did face 43 shots on the evening. Spencer Kline was able to come up with 14 saves, including three in the overtime periods. Enrique Rodriguez had seven ground balls and four take-aways.

As always, Chris Motter was outstanding, winning 21 of 22 faceoffs.

JV NOTES: The Junior Varsity Explorers are now 11-1 with an 8-6 win over the Tigers of Chagrin Falls. Joe Graf had a solid game offensively finding the backside with assists and some nice goals. Brady Ludewig was solid at the midfield with facing off and attacking the cage. Nathan Slater and company were solid defensively. Matt Withem continued his outstanding play in the nets.

NEXT: Hudson continues their homestand Thursday as they host Everest Academy from Ontario, Canada. JV is idle, but Varsity starts at 7:00pm.

Explorers victorious over Hoover Vikings

NORTH CANTON- In one of the most explosive quarters in recent Hudson lacrosse history, the team put up nine goals in under 10 minutes of play. The Explorers added three more in the second, making the goal total 12 by halftime. A turnover plagued third quarter saw the Vikings from Hoover get back into the game, but the final three goals were scored by Hudson to take the 16-11 victory and the likely #1 seed in the Northeast region.

Nate Menendez led all scorers with five goals and an assist. Sean O'Loughlin continued to get his scoring punch on track with three goals and two assists. Chandler Kotseos broke out with two goals and two helpers. Max Cole had a solid evening with a goal and two assists. Brendan O'Neil, Pat Burdett, and Cole Miller all had goals from the second line midfield. Chris Motter had a goal and an assist, while Angelo Donatelli had another assist.

The defense was able to get key stops when needed late in the game even though they faced a determined Hoover comeback. Enrique Rodriguez led all defenders with four ground balls. Spencer Kline and Stroud Corr combined for seven saves. Max Kleiman was able to scoop two ground balls.

Chris Motter won an astounding 28 of 31 draws! Ridiculous!

Gameballs went to Chris Motter for his dominating face-off work and Chandler Kotseos for his two goals and two assists.

JV NOTES: The young Explorers improved their record to 10-1 with an 11-6 victory on the road at Hoover. Brady Ludewig was on fire with four goals from the midfield. Joe Graf, Merrick Widdoes, and Mason Prisk each had two goals. Max Charlton had a goal and three assists. Matt Rudy played great defense and came up with some huge hits. Matt Withem once again had a solid game in the net while leading the defense. Hudson will host Chagrin Falls on Tuesday afternoon.

NEXT: Hudson wraps up the regular season with a three game homestand starting on Tuesday against Chagrin Falls. JV starts at 5:00pm and Varsity follows at 7:00pm.

Explorers outlast University School

HUNTING VALLEY- The Varsity team came out on fire and put up six goals in the first period. US battled back to get within a goal by halftime and carried that momentum into the third stanza, where the Preppers claimed their first lead, 12-11. Hudson was able to regain momentum and hold on for a big, 14-12, road win against one of the top D2 teams in the state. The win improves Hudson's record to 8-3.

The offense played much more aggressive and unselfish throughout the game than their previous contest. Crisp passing, solid shooting, and good shot placement helped Hudson punish the US defense. The attack of Sean O'Loughlin, Max Cole, Chandler Kotseos, and Anthony Rightnour combined for 10 goals and three assists. The midfield got production from Nate Menendez with three goals and two assists, while Luc Jambon had a goal and an assist. Austin Ganley had a great game by setting up cutters with four assists.

The defense, which has been under fire lately, recovered after three quarters of shaky play and shut out the high scoring US offense in the fourth quarter when it was needed most. Sean Weigel held his man in check and frustrated the Preppers into bad shots. Spencer Kline and Stroud Corr combined for 11 saves.

Another great performance for Chris Motter, who won 24 of 33 face-offs. The EMO went 3-of-4.

Sean O'Loughlin was on fire with four goals, two assists, and a huge ride that turned into a breakaway goal!

JV NOTES: The JV team, when they finally arrived in Hunting Valley, had a quick warmup and took to the field. After that, they never looked back and beat the host Preppers by a score of 12-9. Mason Prisk had a huge game with five goals and an assist. Merrick Widdoes added four tallies. Joe Graf and Max Charlton also found the back of the net. Matt Withem continued to play solid in the cage with seven saves. The win bumps the Hudson record to 9-1 on the season.

NEXT: Hudson looks to turn Wednesday's win into a streak as they head to North Canton on Friday to take on the Hoover Vikings. JV starts at 5:30pm and Varsity follows at 7:30pm.

Explorers dropped by Dublin Coffman

HUDSON- The Varsity team is going to take the 11-3 loss to Dublin Coffman as a learning experience and a chance to grow and show improvement.

Too many turnovers, too many missed shots, and too few goals scored were the story lines for the offense.

The defense was on its heels all game as the state's highest scoring offense took 35 shots and scored 11 goals.

The bright spot for the game was Chris Motter winning 12 of 18 draws at the face-off X.

JV NOTES: The Junior Varsity team was idle.

NEXT: Hudson looks to right the ship on Wednesday as they travel to Hunting Valley to take on University School.

Explorers fall to St. Ignatius in OT

CLEVELAND- The top-ranked team in the Northeast district (Hudson) traveled to the top-ranked team in the Northwest district (St. Ignatius) and the two teams battled it out all night. In the end, the Wildcats were able to get a goal in overtime to win, 13-12. However, the game showed how far the Explorers have progressed in the past few weeks.

Offensively, Hudson was patient and ready throughout the game. Nate Menendez was on fire with five goals and an assist. Max Cole controlled the attack position and scored three goals and an assist. Luc Jambon had three goals, as well. Chris Motter had a big goal off the draw.

Defensively, Hudson played solid from the close defense. Enrique Rodriquez, Danny Saxon, and Sean Weigel fought the veteran Wildcat attack all night. Saxon was able to get four ground balls and three turnovers. Rodriguez had three ground balls and two turnovers. Weigel created a turnover. Spencer Kline came up with 12 saves in the cage.

Chris Motter had his own little war going on. He was able to win 19 of 30 draws with 13 ground balls and a goal.

JV NOTES: The Junior Varsity team traveled to St. Ignatius and came home 11-9 winners! The win pushes the JV record to 8-1 on the season. Matt Withem (11 saves), Nathan Slater (5 gbs), & company played tough defense and held the Wildcats in check. Anthony Rightnour and Brady Ludewig had 4 goals a piece. Max Charlton had a big day with a goal and three assists.

NEXT: An exciting final few weeks of the season is coming up, starting on Friday when Hudson hosts the Shamrocks of Dublin Coffman at 7:00pm. There is no JV game.

Explorers outlast Olentangy

LEWIS CENTER- It was not easy, but the Explorers went on the road and fought Olentangy all game long to pull out a thrilling, 6-5 win. Hudson jumped out to a 5-0 lead, but the Braves fought back to tie the game at the end of three quarters. The defense shut down the Braves' offense in two of the four quarters. Hudson finishes the first half of the season at 7-1 and sits on top of Region 1 in Northern Ohio.

The offense was on fire in the first quarter, notching three unanswered goals. The Braves defense tightened up and scoring chances were minimized. Nate Menendez however was not to be stopped and he finished with four goals. Austin Ganley and Chandler Kotseos recorded single markers and Sean O'Loughlin, Max Cole, and Spencer Kline were credited with assists.

The defense played their best game of the season. Enrigue Rodriguez, Danny Saxon, and Sean Weigel neutralized the potent Olentangy attack and forced their midfielders to become the creators. Several long defensive stands were made in the second half. It was an overall outstanding effort from a young group of defensive players.

The special teams came ready to play. The EMO squad went 2-for-5, the MDD killed off all six of the Braves' chances, and the face-off crews, led by Chris Motter, won 11 out of 15 draws.

Spencer Kline, Enrique Rodriguez, and Nate Menendez earned gameballs for their efforts.

JV NOTES: The Junior Varsity made the trip to Columbus and came out with a big 5-1 win at Olentangy and pushed its season record to 7-1. Matt Withem has been the biggest star for the young Explorers in the cage by recording 10 saves. Anthony Rightnour led all scorers with three goals. Merrick Widdoes and Brady Ludewig each added single tallies. Max Charlton & Adam Dunne added assists.

NEXT: Hudson visits top-ranked St. Ignatius on Wednesday. The JV game begins at 5:30pm.

Explorers whip Westlake

HUDSON- For the first time all season, Hudson trailed after one period, down 2-1 to the host Demons. However, a huge seven-goal run in the second quarter sparked the Explorers to a 14-7 victory. Hudson was able to get the transition game working and put up 45 shots on the night.

The offense started off really slow, but was able to get a spark from the second attack group. Anthony Rightnour scored two goals and had an assist, Merrick Widoes found the back of the net two times, and Sean O'Loughlin led all scorers with three goals and two assists. Nate Menendez had three goals and an assist, while Chadler Kotseos reversed those numbers with a goal and three assists. Cole Miller was solid with a goal and an assist.

The defense struggled in the first half, but pulled together for a strong second, allowing just one goal in the final 24 minutes. Danny Saxon and Enrique Rodriguez combined for six caused turnovers.

Chris Motter's play has been off the charts. He won 22 of 24 face-offs and had 10 ground balls.

Anthony Rightnour had two goals, an assist, rode hard, and gave the offense a spark to open up the game.

JV NOTES: The JV team continues to win games by putting up big numbers and playing good defense. The young Explorers beat Westlake, 11-4. Anthony Rightnour scored three goals and had two assists. Adam Dunne, Merrick Widdoes, and Mason Prisk each had a goal and an assist. Brady Ludewig had a single tally and two helpers. Matt Withem and his defensive friends were able to stop the Demon advance.

NEXT: Hudson travels back to the Columbus area on Friday night to play Olentangy in a big game between regional powers. The JV game begins at 6:00pm.

Explorers steamroll Solon

HUDSON- The Time Warner Cable Game of the Week looked like it was going to be a barn-burner when Hudson held a 5-3 first quarter lead. By half-time, Hudson had pushed the lead to 8-4 and solid third period had Hudson cruising 11-6. Neither team could put together an offensive effort in the fourth quarter and the game finished 11-6.

Offensively, Nate Menendez continued his hot shooting by putting up four goals and an assist. Chandler Kotseos found the back of the net three times, Sean O'Loughlin and Max Cole each contributed a goal and two assists, and Luc Jambon hit the twine twice, as well. Pat Burdett, Matt Restifo, and Cole Miller each had assists.

The defense settled down after giving up three goals in the first quarter and gave up just three more for the rest of the game. Enrique Rodriguez, Danny Saxon, and Sean Weigel played solid defense all game. Spencer Kline was able to stop 10 Comet shots.

Chris Motter was once again amazing. He finished winning 20-of-21 and collected 16 ground balls.

Chris Motter's domination of the Solon face-off specialists earned him the gameball.

JV NOTES: The Junior Varsity team pounded Solon, 15-2. Hudson was consistent by scoring three goals in each of the first three quarters, but then exploded for six in the fourth against a tired Comet team. Eleven players scored for the Explorers and Anthony Rightnour led the way with four goals. Brady Ludewig led the team with five ground balls.

NEXT: Hudson travels to Westlake on Tuesday. The JV game begins at 5:00pm.

Explorers Put Down Polar Bears

HUDSON- Hudson rebounded from a tough loss at Liberty on Friday night by beating the Jackson Polar Bears 10-7 at Scott Malson Field on Tuesday night. With the win, Hudson improves to 4-1.

The offense looked very good at times, but still had some turnover issues at key moments. Nate Menendez led all scorers with three goals and an assist. Matt Restifo also found the back of the net three times and played a solid overall game. Sean O'Loughlin had two goals. Chandler Kotseos and Max Cole each had single tallies.

The defense recovered from a disastrous game versus Liberty and played solid out front, frustrating the Jackson shooters. Hudson was able to fix the clearing issues, as well, by going 12-of-13 on the night. Spencer Kline came up with seven saves and Danny Saxon made his first start at defense and picked up two ground balls.

Once again, Chris Motter was a dominate force at the faceoff X, winning 17-of-19 draws.

Matt Restifo had a big day by recording the first hat trick of his career!

JV NOTES: The JV team held on for a tough, 7-6 win over the rival Polar Bears. Matt Withem earned Player of the Game honors from the coaches for his stellar play in the cage. Brady Ludewig had a big day at the midfield, coming up with a couple of goals and several big hits.

NEXT: Hudson hosts Solon on Friday and the game will be televised as Time Warner Cable's Game of the Week. The JV game begins at 5:00pm.

Explorers Lit Up By Olentangy Liberty

POWELL, Ohio- For the first quarter, the game looked good tied at 3-3. The Patriots proceeded to punish the Explorers in the second quarter and took a 10-4 halftime lead. Never looking back and shooting all game long, Liberty put 19 shots in the back of the net.

The offense committed over 30 turnovers.

Hudson's defense surrendered 55 shots

A bright spot was Chris Motter, who won 28 of 32 draws and had 25 ground balls. Domination!

JV NOTES: The JV Explorers went on the road and held on for a big 13-9 win over the Patriots. Max Charlton had three goals and five assists, Anthony Rightnour had five goals and two assists, Matt Withem had six saves in the cage, and Joe Graf had two goals, an assist, and a team-high five ground balls. The JV team is now 3-1 on the season.

NEXT: Hudson begins a two-game homestand with Jackson on Tuesday at Scott Malson Field. The JV game begins at 5:30pm.

Explorers Shake Off Pesky Raiders

HUDSON- Hudson pushed its record to 3-0 with a 17-13 win against a very talented and determined Shaker squad. Hudson took a commanding 12-7 lead into the fourth quarter where the two teams then decided to combine for 11 fourth-quarter goals.

The offense got a balanced effort that featured 12 different goal scorers. Nate Menendez recorded his third hat trick of the season, Luc Jambon had two goals and three helpers, and Austin Ganley scored once and assisted on two.

Hudson's defense played solid through the first three periods, but struggled to close the game out in the fourth. Spencer Kline was able to come up with seven saves in the cage. Short-stick-D-mid, Will Orazen, returned to action and recorded a goal and an assist.

The face-off groups were solid, winning 21 of 34 draws on the night. The MDD and EMO groups struggled with efficiency, as Shaker was able to convert on their extra man chances and stop Hudson's.

Max Cole had two goals and three assists on the night.

JV NOTES: The JV team continued to put points on the board and play solid defense, blanking Raiders, 14-0. Twelve players made the scoring list, but the leading scorer was Merrick Widdoes with three goals and an assist. Defenseman Nathan Slater also tallied a goal and Matt Withem was solid in the nets again (seven saves). Alex Beegle hunted down a game-high six ground balls.

NEXT: Hudson heads south to Olentangy Liberty for a tough match on Friday night.

Explorers Blast Bees in Home Opener

HUDSON- Hudson started off the 2016 home schedule with a 13-3 blasting of the Medina Bees. Hudson took an 8-0 lead into halftime and cruised to the victory. Overall, 28 Explorers saw game action on the night.

Offensively, Hudson got a balanced scoring effort from the attack and midfield lines. Nate Menendez led all scorers with three goals and two assists amd Sean O'Loughlin added three goals. Chandler Kotseos had a solid game with two goals and an assist, while Matt Zelich, Merrick Widdoes, and Anthony Rightnour scored their first goals of the season.

Hudson's defense played an excellent first half by shutting out the Bees. Spencer Kline had a superb game between the pipes, saving 10 shots and giving up just two goals in three quarters of play. Sean Weigel had a solid game with two ground balls and a caused turnover.

Chris Motter won 15 of 16 draws and had 15 ground balls and three shots off the draw. The MDD killed off all three penalty situations. The EMO converted one of their two extra-man chances.

Luc Jambon scored two goals and added an assist. He played with hustle and energy throughout the game.

JV NOTES: The JV team earned its first victory of the year by pasting Medina, 14-2. Nine players were able to get into the scoring list. Blake Lori (3 goals, three assists) and Max Charlton (3 goals, 2 assists) were the leaders. Matt Withem was solid in the cage with five saves.

NEXT: Due to a scheduling conflict the Explorers will not be hosting North Allegheny on Saturday. Instead, there will be a Blue/White game with a team event to follow. The slate opens on Wednesday with a visit from rival Medina. The Explorers will return to action next Wednesday when they host Shaker Heights. JV face-off is at 5:00pm and Varsity starts at 7:00pm.

Explorers Open Season with Win

MASON- The Explorers opened the 2016 season with a a tough roadtrip to Cincinnati. They won in come-from-behind fashion, beating the Mason Comets, 9-8. Hudson killed off a man-down situation to end the game and clinch victory.

The offense was able to get to the middle of the field and put shots on cage. Nate Menendez led all scorers with five goals. Chandler Kotseos was efficient and found the back of the net twice. Sean O'Loughlin and Chris Motter had single tallies. Max Cole returned to action and had two assists. Matt Restifo and Austin Ganley each assisted on goals, as well.

Hudson's defense struggled in the first half and gave up 7 goals. An adjustment at halftime held the Comet's offense to just one goal in the second half. Spencer Kline came up with 8 saves in the cage. Enrique Rodriguez led the defense & scooped up two ground balls. Danny Saxon had 5 ground balls and two caused turnovers.

The man-down defense got the stop at the end of the game when needed. The extra-man offense scored three goals. The face-off groups struggled, but won some big draws when needed.

Nate Menendez earned the gameball with five goals, five groundballs, and two forced turnovers.

JV NOTES: The JV team opened the 2016 season with a tough 7-5 road loss. The young Explorers fell behind early, but rallied to close the gap. In the end, Mason's lead was too much to overcome.

NEXT: The Explorers home slate opens on Wednesday with a visit from rival Medina. JV face-off is at 5:00pm and Varsity starts at 7:00pm.

2016 Captains Announced

HUDSON- The night before their first game, the members of the varsity team voted for captains for the 2016 season. Three captains were selected to lead the team on and off the field and to serve as the face of Hudson Lacrosse.

The coaching staff is proud to announce the following players as the 2016 captains:

Luc Jambon
Class of 2016
Midfield, #19
2-year letterman

Spencer Kline
Class of 2016
Goalie, #9
2-year letterman

Nate Menendez
Class of 2016
Midfield, #22
2-year letterman
Honorable Mention All-Region 2015

Mulch Madness Begins

HUDSON- Now that the sun is out it is time to start thinking about ordering mulch!

Coach Blue will be encouraging all players to sell mulch. Boys Lacrosse has always been the anchor for mulch fundraiser. Let us keep it up another year!

HABC fundraisers help support our student athletes.
Spencer Kline
Class of 2016
Goalie, #9
2-year letterman

Nate Menendez
Class of 2016
Midfield, #22
2-year letterman
Honorable Mention All-Region 2015

2016 Season Preview

HUDSON- For the final year of OHSLA play before lacrosse becomes an OHSAA sanctioned sport, the Hudson High School boys lacrosse team will be competing against its usual rivals in St. Ignatius, Solon, Hoover, and Jackson, but will also face some upstart teams this spring. Hudson (19-1 in 2015) will have to rebuild its team after graduating 18 seniors. The Explorers will have plenty of talent on the field, with many younger players eager to show their abilities.

Hudson will open the 2016 season on the road at Mason High School. Traveling to Cincinnati is always a tough journey, but doing it on Spring Break after only two scrimmages adds to the challenge. The Explorers will attempt to leverage the more experienced players to play hard and return with a victory.

Upon returning from spring break, Hudson will host longtime foe Medina, who also features some talented young players. Hudson will then host out-of-state rival North Allegheny (PA). This annual game has become a very good test for both teams. To conclude the three-game homestand, Hudson will host a much-improved Shaker Heights squad looking to make their mark in 2016.

The Navy and White will then travel to Columbus to face Olentangy Liberty, one of the best teams in Central Ohio. This game has been a big game for the past few years and the home team typically has the advantage in this matchup.

The squad returns to Hudson the following week with games against Massillon Jackson (coached by Hudson alumnus Bobby Lyle) and archrival Solon. Both games will test the Explorers and they will discover where they rank against the region's best teams. The final game of the first half of the season will have Hudson traveling to the west side of Cuyahoga county to play a developing Division 2 power, the Westlake Demons.

The second half of the season opens with a return trip to Columbus with a game at Olentangy High School. Hudson beat the Braves in overtime last season.

Hudson will return to Northeast Ohio with possibly the biggest game of the year when the Explorers face the St. Ignatius Wildcats. The Wildcats ended the Explorers' 2015 dream season in the regional finals last year. Games against Dublin Coffman, University School, and a road trip to North Canton to play Hoover High School will round out the schedule for April.

The final week of the season has Hudson hosting defending Division 2 Champions, Chagrin Falls, and neighbor Kent Roosevelt. The final game of the 2016 regular season will be the return of the "Battle of Hudson" on May 17 when Hudson will host Western Reserve Academy at Hudson Memorial Stadium. The two teams have not played since the 2003 season.



Sean O'Loughlin (Sr): Sean is one of the veteran players on the team and the most experienced attackman. He should be able to find the back of the net with his solid finishing skills.

Matt Zelich (Sr): Matt is coming off an injury but should be ready when the regular season starts. He is a solid player who can provide good offensive support.

Max Cole (Jr): Max was the JV's leading scorer and playmaker in 2015. He will be counted on to set up the offense, make plays, and set up the extra man specialty group.

Chandler Kotseos (Jr): Chandler has a sense for the cage. He is a solid shooter from the outside and likes to display his active finishing skills.

Adam Dunne (So): As part of a trio of sophomores who expect to see varsity time, Adam has good ball movement capabilities and has good quickness to attack the defense.

Max Charlton (So): Similar to Dunne, Charlton has solid stick skills and has good field vision to find the open teammate.

Anthony Rightnour (So): As the third member of the trio, Anthony works well without the ball and can slip open on the crease for shots.

Merrick Widdoes (Fr): Merrick is a talented freshman who will be seeing lots of time early in the season with the hopes that his learning curve increases quickly. He has a great sense for the cage and can handle the physical parts of the game.


Chris Motter (Sr): The midfield groups start with All-American Chris Motter. Chris is viewed as one of the top face-off men in the country. The ability to maintain 60-70% of possessions with face-off wins gives the Hudson offense a huge advantage. He has committed to continue his lacrosse career next year at Bellarmine University.

Nate Menendez (Sr): Nate is one of the more talented midfielders in Ohio for the 2016 season. He will be a two-way player for the Explorers and has the ability to take the ball coast-to-coast to score goals or play solid defense as well as neutralize an opposing offensive player. He has committed to play at Cleveland State University.

Luc Jambon (Sr): Luc converted from attackman to midfield, but plays with a physical style that most midfielders do not possess. He is strong, has a good outside shot, and plays a very tough style of lacrosse.

Austin Ganley (Sr): Austin is converting from a face-off specialist to a more versatile midfield role as a senior. He has the ability to set up plays and finish goal scoring chances.

Brendan O'Neil (Sr): Brendan returns to the lacrosse team for his senior year and will be seeing time on the midfield. He is a tireless worker and has great size to win one-on-one matchups.

Cole Miller (Jr): Cole is one of the fastest players on the team and excels in the transition game. His defensive abilities are top-notch and his offensive game is developing nicely.

Matt Restifo (Jr): Another electrifying midfielder in the Hudson arsenal, Matt is probably the fastest player on the team and uses his speed to create scoring opportunities. He is a fun player to watch.

Will Orazen (Jr): Will proved himself to be one of the best defensive midfielders around last year and will continue that in 2016. As he works himself back to health, his offensive skills will develop, as well.

Nick Advent (Jr): Nick will be moving into a defensive role with the varsity midfield this spring and will see time covering opposing offensive middies.

Jonathan Kabarec (Jr): Jonathan is returning to the lacrosse team as a defensive midfielder.

Pat Burdett (So): Pat has the size and strength to be a huge part of the Hudson midfield. He can create his own shot and can score from various points on the field.

Angelo Donatelli (So): Angelo is a versatile midfielder who can face-off, play good defense, and own the middle of the field in the transition game.


Enrique Rodriguez (Jr): Enrique is the most experienced defensemen on the roster and will focus on covering the best opposing offensive player. He is moving back to close defense from long-stick midfield, where he has been a ground ball machine the past two seasons. He has great speed and take-away checks, too.

Elliot Wasbotten (Jr): Elliot will be working his way into the second defensive spot and has the range that defensemen need to have in order to cover sideline-to-sideline.

Sean Weigel (Jr): Sean brings a very physical style to the defense. He can add a big hit when needed, but is also good with his stick in the clearing game.

Max Kleiman (Jr): Max is the best communicator on the defense and recognizes the opponent's offensive sets right away. He has the ability to play a physical style as well.

Brandon Nelson (Jr): Brandon will see time backing up the crease defense with his physical style of play.

Patrick Carter (Jr): Patrick will see time on the varsity defense this season.

Mitch Gray (Jr): Mitch is one of the tallest defensemen in the state. His 6'6" range makes it very difficult for opposing midfielders to attack the goal.

Danny Saxon (So): Danny is probably the fastest defenseman on the team. His is a converted midfielder who excels in the clearing game and can gobble up ground balls to create offensive transition situations.


Spencer Kline (Sr): Spencer has earned his stripes as the starting goalie for the team. His senior leadership in the cage has earned him the starting nod between the pipes. He has learned the defense, knows the play calls, and does a great job at managing the slide packages.

Stroud Corr (Jr): Stroud has become a very athletic goalie who excels in jumpstarting the offense in the clearing game. He will see more time as his savemaking ability develops.


David Blue, Head Coach: Coach Blue enters his 21st year of coaching the Hudson High School boys lacrosse program and his career record is 279-99. He has coached Hudson to the state finals in 2000 and 2007, earning a State Championship in 2011. His teams reached the state semifinals in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2014; won GCHSLL Championships in 2000, 2005, 2006, and 2007; and won the NOSLCA championship in 2008 and 2009.

Todd Sidle, Assistant Coach: Coach Sidle enters his 13th year with the Hudson Lacrosse program and is in charge of the Explorers' defense. He also is the freshmen boys soccer coach.

Logan Parsons, Assistant Coach: Coach Parsons ('07) enters his third year with the program and is the Junior Varsity head coach.

Eli George, Assistant Coach: Coach George ('08), enters his fourth year with the program and is a defensive assistant coach.

Charlie Joyce, Assistant Coach: Coach Joyce comes over from the Hudson Youth Lacrosse program and will be working with the Junior Varsity team and midfielders.

Dan DeVoe, Athletic Trainer: Mr. DeVoe enters his 14th year as Head Trainer for the Hudson High School Lacrosse Team.

Melanie Bittecuffer, Athletic Trainer: Mrs. Bittecuffer enters her eighth year as Athletic Trainer for the High School Lacrosse Team.

US Lacrosse, North Coast Chapter Awards

Sam Gregory, Attack
Chris Motter, Face-off Specialist

Coach of the Year
David Blue
Assistant Coach of the Year
Todd Sidle

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State Semifinals
Wednesday, June 01, 2016
St. Ignatius
Varsity (14-6-0)

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Junior Varsity

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Friday, May 13, 2016
Kent Roosevelt
Junior Varsity (12-1-0)

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