by Frank Aceto
Associate Sports Editor
Hudson -- Rumor had it that the Hudson boys lacrosse team's reign as an area and state power appeared to be over.
As the last two games have shown, such rumors have proven to be pure hearsay.
The Explorers won their second consecutive game after posting a lopsided 20-4 victory over Walsh Jesuit.
The contest took place April 8 at Hudson Memorial Stadium.
After suffering defeats to Olentangy Liberty (9-2) and 2013 state semifinalist Cleveland St. Ignatius (6-5), Hudson has turned it up a notch in its last two contests.
The Explorers exploded in the second half en route to a 18-8 victory over North Allegheny (Pa.) April 5 and then dominated the overmatched Warriors from the start a few days later.
While longtime Hudson head coach Dave Blue will certainly take the win, he also felt compassionate toward the opponent. After all, Blue is a Walsh graduate.
"Walsh hasn't been able to practice because the weather hasn't been cooperative," Blue said. "The kids are familiar with them and they have Hudson residents on the team. Being a Walsh alum, it is always a special night."
It certainly was for the Explorers (2-2).
Hudson toyed with the Warriors' defense throughout the evening and never had to break a sweat. Such a performance was a sight to see for Blue, whose team struggled in all facets of the game in its first two contests.
"We're seeing a completely different team from the one we saw in the first two games," Blue said. "When things go well, the confidence starts to become contagious. We're making plays now. We were way too passive in the first two games."
Just about everyone contributed for the Explorers.
Zach Nye led the way with three goals, four assists and six ground balls. Nye was one of four players to find the nets three times.
Michael Charlton added three goals and two assists and Brent Zubal finished with three goals and one assist. Sam Gregory also had three goals for Hudson.
Bo Lori scored two goals and added three assists and Gabe Vehar had two goals.
Also contributing for the Explorers were Mick Mougey (one goal and two assists), Grant Elffers (one goal), Cameron Haggerty (one goal), Joey Palumbo (one goal), Dan Brady (two assists) and Kyle Ator (one assist). Chris Motter led Hudson with nine ground balls.
"If we're getting assists on goals, that's when I know we're playing well," Blue said. "We had 15 assists on 20 goals. That's huge for us. The starting defense of Logan Malson, Jake Jesionek and Will Hogan shut their men down the entire game."
Hudson resident Henry Puckett had two goals and Trevor Brown of Hudson had one goal for the Warriors.
"It was good to see Henry get two goals," Blue said.
Hudson, which had an 11-2 lead at halftime, outshot Walsh 57-19 and had a 61-23 advantage on ground balls. The trio of Motter, Matt Rightnour, Matt Restifo won 22 of 27 face-offs for the Explorers.
Hudson, which earned a 13-6 win in the junior varsity contest, was scheduled to host Massillon Jackson April 11 at Hudson Memorial Stadium. Results were not available at press time.
The Explorers are set to visit Westlake April 15 at 7 p.m.