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The Hudson boys lacrosse team waited several months for this day.
Unfortunately for the Explorers, the result was the same as last year.
Hudson fell to 0-2 on the season after losing a 6-5 decision to St. Ignatius April 2 in Cleveland. It was the Wildcats' second consecutive victory over the Explorers.
In a 2013 Division I regional title contest, St. Ignatius upset Hudson 11-10 at Hudson Memorial Stadium.
"The game did not disappoint," Explorers head coach David Blue said. "Well, except for the final score. Defensively, we played pretty solidly.
Offensively, turnovers continued to plague us."
The two teams traded goals throughout the evening. Hudson goalkeeper Jake Krone made his first start in the cage and finished with seven saves.
But the turnovers were the difference.
The Explorers lost the ball 21 times, while St. Ignatius (3-0) finished with 11 giveaways.
Bo Lori finished with two goals and an assist for Hudson and Sam Gregory had two goals for Hudson. Zach Nye scored once for the Explorers and Michael Charlton added two assists.
Chris Motter finished with 10 face-off victories and one assist for Hudson, which had a 46-32 advantage in ground balls and a 27-23 edge in shots on goal.
The junior varsity team earned an 8-6 victory over the Wildcats in its season debut.
"Spencer Kline led the way in the cage, making several spectacular saves," Blue said.
The varsity team was scheduled to play North Allegheny (Pa.) April 5 at Hudson Memorial Stadium. Results were not available at press time.
The Explorers are set to visit Walsh Jesuit April 8 at 7 p.m.