Explorers wear down Wildcats

HUDSON- What a difference a few days makes! In a total team game, Hudson controlled the tempo from the opening whistle and took the 8-4 win in the battle of the Northeast Ohio giants. Hudson will host Olentangy on Friday night.

Blake Lori stepped up his game! He found the back of the net 4 times on some serious hot shooting. Brady Ludewig dodged to the cage with reckless abandon and scored 2 goals. Merrick Widdoes smoked a hard shot past the Ignatius goalie on an EMO, and Pat Burdett sealed the game with an EMO late. Although not a huge offensive day, Hudson got the goals when needed and had a season low 8 turnovers.

The Explorer defense was all over the field. Enrique Rodriguez and Danny Saxon used their speed to cover and tear apart their match-ups. Max Kleiman had a stellar game as well. Midfielder Will Orazen made several one on one stops. Angelo Donatelli and Matt Rudy also came up with big plays. Sean Weigel subbed in and supported with a ground ball. Stroud Corr had 6 saves.

The special teams on MDD and EMO were very good. The face-off battle was going to be tough, but the groups gave up zero fast breaks to the best FOGO in the state.

Gameball: Blake Lori, Enrique Rodriguez, Danny Saxon, and Will Orazen

JV Notes: The Junior Varsity team suffered their first loss of the season on Tuesday afternoon by losing to St. Ignatius 11-5. Hudson will attempt to get back on the winning train on Friday versus a tough team from Olentangy High School. The JV record is now 10-1.

Coffman clobbers Hudson

DUBLIN- By the end of the first quarter, Hudson held a 4-3 lead and things were looking good for the Explorers on statewide television showcasing the skill and prowess of the program. A costly penalty turned the game around and gave the host Shamrocks the advantage they needed. Taking the penalty and scoring 4 times in a 3-minute span, Dublin closed the door on the Explorers and took the game. Hudson will look to rebound at home versus regional rival St. Ignatius on Tuesday night.

Hudson’s offense was producing solid results in the 1st quarter. Scoring chances dried up in the 2nd and 3rd periods as possessions disappeared. The Navy and White will have to rebound against a tough Wildcat defense on Tuesday night.

The Explorer defense is being challenged heavily by the top teams in the state. Hudson gave up too many shots and weren’t physical enough when needed. The Rocks were able to get in tight, get hands free, and fire away without contact. This will have to be fixed by Tuesday.

Sputtering all over the field is not a good thing for special teams. Improvement in practice will be needed.

Gameball: None.

JV Notes: The JV team keeps steamrolling with a thrilling 12-11 come from behind victory on the road against a determined Coffman squad. Hudson fell behind 8-6 at half, but staged a 4th quarter comeback to clinch the win. Moving to 10-0 on the year, Hudson will host St. Ignatius on Tuesday. Big games from Jack Burdett, Mason Prisk, Alex Oppelt, and Alex Nawn in the cage.

Hudson wallops Westlake

HUDSON- The Varsity team moved to 8-2 on the season with a 10-4 victory over the Demons from Westlake High School. Although sloppy at times, Hudson controlled the ground balls and face-offs and managed to post 4 first quarter goals and then cruised to victory from there.

Hudson's offense was able to get a scoring balance from several players. Anthony Rightnour and Chandler Kotseos each had 2 goals and an assist. Max Cole had a goal and 2 assists. Max Charlton had a goal and an assist as well.

Hudson's defense was smothering at times on the Demon attackers. Danny Saxon led with 5 ground balls. Matt Rudy had a solid game with 3 ground balls and 4 take-aways. Stroud Corr started in the cage with 3 saves. Matt Withem rotated in and had 6 saves.

The MDD held the Demons to just 1 goal on 6 attempts.

Gameball: None.

JV Notes: The Junior Varsity team was dominant on Tuesday by posting a 17-0 victory over the depleted Demons from Westlake. Hudson got scoring points from over 12 players. Defensively, Jack Burdett and company were all over the field creating turnovers and gathering ground balls. The JV team is now 9-0 on the season.

Explorers fall to Liberty in OT

HUDSON- Hudson's comeback in the 4th quarter tied the game with 3:46 left, and had 2 chances to clinch victory, but both attempts failed and Hudson dropped a hard-fought game to Olentangy Liberty 8-7 in overtime. Hudson will host Westlake at Malson Field on Tuesday evening.

Hudson's offense sputtered at times during the game and made things easy for the Patriots defense. Turnovers, missed chances, and lack of aggressive moves to the cage took the Explorers out of their usual scoring routines. Cole Miller led the team with 3 goals. Max Cole contributed 3 assists.

Surrendering 4 early goals would have sunken most teams, but the defensive groups tightened up and gave up just 1 goal a period after the initial quarter. Stroud Corr made 11 stops in the cage. Danny Saxon scooped up a team high 5 ground balls.

Special teams were a factor as Hudson had 8 penalties, but the man down defense held ground giving up just 2 goals.

Gameball: None.

JV Notes: The Junior Varsity team's winning ways were on display again against a very determined squad from Olentangy Liberty. However, it was the Explorers who hung on to win 6-5 behind a great performance in the cage by goalie Alex Nawn. The JV returns to action on Tuesday versus Westlake.

Coach Blue reflects on his career

HUDSON- Wedneday night's win at Jackson marked Coach Blue's 300th victory as head coach. Coach's thoughts about the road to 300:

"In regards to the 300 wins, I guess there are many things that have gone into it. I have had some great supporters in Athletic Directors Ed Sogan, Ray Ebersole, and now Dan Kalinsky. I cannot thank them enough for the support."

"My assistant coaches -- Eli George, Logan Parsons, Charlie Joyce, and Tyler Zickel -- have been phenomenal and, in particular, Todd Sidle, who is one of the best coaches around. They are truly dedicated to the players, the sport, and the Hudson Lacrosse program in general. I think they are equally as important to the success of our program."

"Our players over the years have put in so much work to produce the results. They are dedicated, passionate, and remarkable young men that we are proud to have part of our program. We preach teamwork, tradition, and pride as a motto of our program. The legacies that each class leaves and passes on to one another is the most important thing. The fact that we get so many former players going off to play in college, coach after they are done in high school, and then become productive members of the community is extremely important."

"In addition, the support I have received from the parents has been great. People like Claudine and Chris Rightnour, Sue Malson, Bob and Diane Hoelzel, and countless others who have supported the program and have given back to it in so many ways is vital to our success."

"Lastly, but most importantly, my wife Annette and kids, Ainsley and Preston, have always been my biggest supporters and have allowed me to pursue this passion and career path. Without them, I don't have this program where it is. I think love and support from home go a lot further than people think."

Coach Blue gets 300th victory

MASSILLON- Hudson traveled to rival Jackson on Wednesday night and came home with a dominate 14-3 victory. With the win, Coach Blue earned his 300th career win and Hudson moves to 7-1 on the season. All 30 dressed players saw considerable action in the game in what showcased Hudson's depth and talent. Hudson will host Liberty on Friday night.

Offensively, Anthony Rightnour was on fire by scoring 6 goals on 7 shots. Merrick Widdoes and Cole Miller each had 2 goals and 2 assists. Joe Graf and Matt Restifo each scored their first goals of the season. Brady Ludewig and Chandler Kotseos had single tallies. Max Cole (3 assists) and Danny Saxon also registered points.

Stroud Corr was incredible in the cage. He made 8 saves on several point blank shots. Danny Saxon and Enrique Rodriguez each had 4 ground balls and two take-aways. Will Orazen, moving from midfield to long-stick, also had a solid game. Brandon Nelson rotated into the defensive groups and had a good game too.

The EMO team was 3 of 4 and the MDD was 6 of 7. Great games for both groups!

Gameball: Anthony Rightnour, Stroud Corr, Merrick Widdoes

JV Notes: Once again, the Junior Varsity team won on the road by beating Jackson 9-2. Overall, it was a total team effort of using the Hudson depth of rotation to score goals and get defensive stops. Hudson will host Olentangy Liberty on Friday night.

Hudson scoots past Shaker Heights

SHAKER HEIGHTS- The Explorers traveled to Shaker Hts. on Saturday to play the host Raiders. Early on, it looked as Hudson will roll easily as it jumped out to a 5-1 lead. Shaker tightened up their defense and the Raider goalie got extremely hot in the cage recording 20 plus saves. In the end, Kevin Callahan's fourth quarter goal clinched the victory. Hudson moves to 6-1 on the season.

Hudson's shooting accuracy, which had been on all season long, met a great goalie on Saturday and struggled to pick spots. However, in the end, Anthony Rightnour's 5 goals and Max Cole's 5 assists proved to be too much for the Raiders to stop. Cole Miller had 2 goals. Merrick Widdoes and Brady Ludewig has single tallies.

Defensively, Hudson played well in spurts as Danny Saxon had 5 ground balls. Stroud Corr was solid in the cage with 9 saves. Enrique Rodriguez had 2 ground balls and an assist. Nathan Slater, Max Kleiman, Sean Weigel, and Brandon Nelson also filled in to cover and defend.

The face-off groups finally got on track by winning 14 of 20 draws. The EMO went 4 of 7. The MDD killed off 5 of 6 Raider chances.

Gameball: Kevin Callahan and Blake Lori

JV Notes: The Junior Varsity season continues on a positive roll by beating Shaker Hts. 13-1 on a snow-covered field, but on a bright sunny day! Mason Prisk returned to action and led the offense in production. Hudson will travel to Jackson on Wednesday afternoon.

Everest eclipses Hudson

HUDSON- Our visiting friends from Canada showed us why they have the slickest stick skills around. Lots of ball movement, hidden ball plays, flip passes, and offensive execution led the way to the Everest Academy victory over the previously undefeated Hudson Explorers. Hudson will travel to local rival Shaker Heights on Saturday for a big regional match-up.

Hudson's offense didn't fire up on all cylinders. Missed opportunities, dropped passes, and turnovers played the Navy and White most of the game. Max Cole led the offense with 2 goals and 1 assist. Hudson's execution will have to improve quickly with a game against the Raiders on Saturday.

Defensively, Hudson struggled with the Canadian style players who ran back cuts, give and go's, and finished their scoring chances. If Stroud Corr didn't come up with 13 saves, the score could have been worse. “Learn from this loss and get better.”

Execution on the special teams continues to develop. EMO was 2/5 and MDD was 1 of 3.

Gameball: none

JV Notes: The JV team was idle.

Hudson steamrolls Solon

SOLON- The return from Spring Break can always be a tough way to play; however, the Explorers showed on Tuesday night that the offense had no ill effects. Scoring 9 goals in the first period, essentially ended the game early. Hudson was able to defeat rival Solon by a score of 17-2 and move to 5-0 on the season. Hudson will host Everest Academy from Toronto on Thursday evening.

Offensively, Hudson got balanced scoring from several players. Max Cole led all scorers with 4 goals and 5 assists. Anthony Rightnour and Pat Burdett each recorded hattricks. Chandler Kotseos had a big game with a goal and 4 assists. Cole Miller and Angelo Donatelli each had 2 goals. Merrick Widdoes and Brady Ludewig added single tallies.

Solon never really threatened the Hudson defense, but when they did, Danny Saxon and company were there to neutralize the threat. Saxon had 5 gbs and 2 take-aways and also set up several fast breaks. Enrique Rodriguez and Matt Rudy also played well. Sean Weigel and Max Kleiman also had nice defensive plays.

With only 2 penalties called in the game, Hudson scored once and held Solon from scoring on the other.

Gameball: Danny Saxon

JV Notes: The JV team moved to 5-0 with a 12-3 victory on the road at Solon. Brian Coleman started in the cage and went the entire way to get the win. Defender Thomas Gruber hustled all over the field and created several turnovers. Hudson will travel to Shaker Hts. on Saturday.

Hudson outlasts Pine-Richland

GIBSONIA, Pa.- The Explorers traveled to Pennsylvania on Monday evening for the final game before spring break and came out of it with an 11-10 win and a perfect 4-0 record to start the season. In what turned out to be a 2nd half defensive struggle, Hudson was able to get things settled down defensively and stop the Rams. Hudson will return to action on Tuesday April 4, as they travel to school district rival, Solon.

Hudson's offense was efficient with its production. Taking just 20 shots in the game, Hudson was able to put 19 of them on cage with 11 going in. Leading the way was Max Cole with 2 goals and 4 assists. Anthony Rightnour recorded a hattrick, while Merrick Widdoes and Chandler Kotseos each had 2 goals. Danny Saxon and Cole Miller had single tallies.

After a first half giving up 24 shots and way too many easy scoring chances, the Explorers were able to figure some things out, make some half-time adjustments, and eventually get the stops when needed. Enrique Rodriguez, Matt Withem, Nathan Slater, and Will Orazen had big defensive stops during the 2nd half to ensure victory.

The EMO team went 2 of 3 and the MDD squad killed off 3 of 4 Ram attempts.

Gameball: Will Orazen

JV Notes: The JV team finished the first quarter of the season with a perfect 4-0 record. The Navy and White traveled to Pittsburgh and came away with a 12-4 victory over the host Rams. Besides playing a deep roster of players, the JV team got enthusiastic play from Freshman attackman Alex Cole. The JV will return on April 4 on the road against Solon.

Hudson cuts down Comets

HUDSON- The Navy and White got out of the gate with a slow start and found themselves down 2-0. However, after tightening up on defense, the transition game got rolling and Hudson jumped out to a 7-2 lead. Mason rallied and closed the gap to 8-6 by the half. The teams traded third quarter goals, but Hudson converted 2 extra man chances in the fourth to close out the game.

The overall offensive effort was very efficient. Hudson shot for 46% and was able to move the ball and have good scoring balance. Once again, 10 different players recorded goals. Max Cole led all scorers with 1 goal and 4 assists. Cole Miller had 4 goals. Blake Lori and Anthony Rightnour each had 2 goals.

The defense had some great moments and some so-so moments on the day. When playing aggressively all over the field, Enrique Rodriguez and Danny Saxon were forcing turnovers, scooping ground balls, and starting the transition game. Some sloppy slides however gave up some easy goals as well. In the end, the stops were gotten when needed.

The EMO and MDD teams were extremely efficient during the game. The EMO finished with a 4 out of 5 success rate. The MDD killed off 5 of 6 Mason chances.

Gameballs: Enrique Rodriguez, Angelo Donatelli

JV Notes: The JV Explorers are rolling with a 3-0 record by beating Mason 14-7. Brady Ludewig had a monster day facing off and scoring goals. Defensively, Nathan Slater (1g) and Jack Burdett (2a) had huge games transitioning the ball upfield. The JV team will be on the road this Monday at Pine-Richland.

Hudson blows out Bees

MEDINA- Hudson traveled to area rival Medina on a bitterly cold Wednesday night and brought home a 17-5 victory. Hudson moves to 2-0 on the season and will host Mason on Saturday afternoon. The Explorers got goals from 10 different players as the team's balance and depth came into play.

Offensively, Hudson was very efficient with possessions and shooting. Hudson scored 17 goals on 41 shots. Leading the way was Anthony Rightnour with 5 goals and an assist. Max Cole set up the offense with 1 goal and 3 assists. Pat Burdett had another hattrick as he continues to learn the attack position.

Stroud Corr played extremely well in the cage recording 13 saves and giving up just 5 goals. Enrique Rodriguez, Danny Saxon, Max Kleiman, and Sean Weigel rotated most of the game at close defense and held the Bees offense in check. Matt Rudy and Nathan Slater also had solid games in support.

The Special Teams continue to be a work in progress on the early season. Once more practice time can be allocated, look to these groups to improve quickly.

Gameball: Anthony Rightnour

JV Notes: The Junior Varsity team moved to 2-0 on the season with an 11-6 win over the host Medina Bees. Mason Prisk once again led the offense with goal production. Ben Hackenberg was solid in the cage. Hudson hosts Mason on Saturday morning.

Hudson knocks off Knights

HUDSON- Hudson opened the 2017 season versus the 2016 OHSLA Division 2 Runner-up from Toledo St. Francis. The Knights came in ready to play and challenged the home team from the opening whistle. After a 2-2 first period, the Navy and White were not deterred by the opponents. Taking an 8-4 halftime lead, Hudson increased the total and held a 14-7 advantage late into the 4 th quarter. St. Francis fought back to make the game respectable, but in the end, Hudson prevailed and won the season opener.

The offensive effort was impressive for game one. Max Cole was amazing with his field vision and feeding abilities. He finished with 1 goal and 8 assists. Cole Miller had a great day shooting with 4 goals. Pat Burdett had 3 goals from his new attack position.

Matt Withem played great in the nets having 10 saves and giving up just 7 goals. Enrique Rodriguez and Danny Saxon played tough defense and started the clearing game with 2 take aways each.

With limited practice time over the past 10 days, the special teams struggled with execution but will improve with more repetitions.

Gameballs: Max Cole, Cole Miller, and Matt Withem

JV Notes: The Junior Varsity opened the 2017 season with an 8-3 victory over the visiting St. Francis Knights. Hudson trailed 3-0 before getting the offense and transition game rolling. Attackman Mason Prisk had the hot hand shooting from the outside. The defense tightened up after giving up the 3 goal lead to shut-out the boys from Toledo in the final 3 quarters.

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