by Frank Aceto
Associate Sports Editor
Success can be a wonderful thing.
It also can be downright dangerous.
During the last several years, the Hudson boys lacrosse team has been one of the best squads in the state.
The Explorers have been to the state semifinals a handful of times and also have some state championship hardware in their trophy case.
So it would seem unfair or even somewhat vicious to consider last year's team a disappointment.
After all, Hudson dominated for much of the season and finished a glittering 19-2.
But one of those losses was especially painful.
The Explorers suffered a heartbreaking 11-10 setback to Cleveland St. Ignatius.
The contest was a Division I regional title contest at Hudson Memorial Stadium.
But make no mistake about it, the road to achieve supremacy in Northeast Ohio still goes through Hudson.
"Hudson will once again enter the season as a preseason favorite in the Northeast Region of the Ohio High School Lacrosse Association," Explorers head coach David Blue said. "The rivalry with St. Ignatius is there and I am glad it is back in full force. It makes our early-season preparations more fun."
Hudson will hope to return to the elite level without the services of several key players.
Former Explorers who are continuing their lacrosse careers on the collegiate level are attack Patrick O'Loughlin (Sienna College, N.Y.), midfielder Connor Ganley (Widener University, Pa.), defenseman Adam Coberly (United States Naval Academy) and goalie Tyler Zickel (Boston University).
The Hudson boys lacrosse team will enter its 25th year of existence. The team was started by Sam Rohwedder in 1989. Blue said plans for a celebration will be announced at a later date.
Blue's assistants are Todd Sidle, Bobby Lyle and Logan Parsons.