by Frank Aceto
Associate Sports Editor
Hudson -- It's starting to come together.
Now Hudson head girls lacrosse coach Joya Mitchell is just hoping they stay healthy.
The Lady Explorers improved to 5-4 on the season after posting a 13-7 victory over Kent Roosevelt April 21 at Hudson Memorial Stadium.
It was 3-2 at one point, but Hudson took control late in the first half to take a 7-3 lead.
The Lady Explorers took total command of the game with five consecutive goals to build a 13-4 advantage in the second half and never looked back.
"We're still working on some things," Mitchell said. "We're still trying to find the right lineup. We have so many injuries. All of them are playing, but we have some girls with shin splints, an ankle injury and a quad injury.
Annie Lori didn't play because of shin splints."
Fortunately for Mitchell, a semi-healthy Hudson squad was more than enough for the Rough Riders (4-6).
Still, though, the Lady Explorers didn't dominate right away.
They controlled the ball for much of the game, but they couldn't capitalize on a number of opportunities.
"Our shot percentage hasn't been very good," Mitchell said. "We had 12 missed shots in the first half. And there's still no urgency to get to the goal."
Jackie Kisthardt had four goals and one assist and Kasey Thom finished with three goals for the Lady Explorers.
Maria Russell and Maddie Valko each finished with two goals and Maddie Murphy had one goal and one assist for Hudson.
Kiley Merrill, who has been playing with a quad injury, added two assists and Kayla Miller had one assist.
Megan Patrick and Brenna Zuranski each scored twice for the Rough Riders and Mackenzie Pensyl, Emma McCarty and Kayleigh Klima added one goal apiece for Kent.
Ally Prosser won eight draws and Macy Tratner won six draws for the Lady Explorers. Nikki Beckham picked up five ground balls for Hudson.
Lady Explorers goalkeeper Sarah Price made five saves.
Hudson also earned a 12-3 win in the junior varsity contest.
Paige Edwards and Ellie Stiles each had three goals and Sarah Keller finished with two goals.
Also scoring one apiece for the Lady Explorers were Hannah Yard, Ava Cristofoli, Shannon Weber and Andra Achim. The JV team improved to 4-1.
Hudson was scheduled to visit Hathaway Brown April 24 in Shaker Heights before returning to Hudson Memorial Stadium to play Rocky River. Results of those games were not available at press time.
The Lady Explorers are set to host Medina April 28 at 7 p.m. before heading to Shaker Heights April 29 at 5 p.m.