by Frank Aceto
Associate Sports Editor
Hudson -- Throughout the years, the Hudson boys lacrosse team had a tendency to turn it up significantly as the weather got warmer.
If that trend continues this year, it won't be much fun for the opposition.
The host Hudson boys lacrosse team earned its third straight victory after posting a 14-0 win over Dublin Coffman April 25 at Scott Malson Field.
With the victory, the Explorers improved to 6-3. The Shamrocks fell to 3-9.
Despite the chilly temperatures, Hudson dominated from start to finish.
It's safe to say the Explorers have found their true identity.
Hudson has won six of its last seven after dropping its first two games.
"They're playing as a team rather than a bunch of individuals," Explorers head coach Dave Blue said. "Earlier in the season, everybody wanted to do it themselves. If we play as a team, we're very talented."
Coffman simply couldn't keep up with Hudson's faster and more athletic attackmen and forwards. The Explorers scored two goals in the first three minutes and were up 8-0 at halftime.
The Shamrocks found themselves chasing Hudson players for much of the evening. That's because the Explorers dominated the face-offs. Chris Motter won all 11 of the team's face-offs in 16 attempts. Overall, Hudson won 11 of 17 face-offs.
And once the Explorers' talented playmakers got the ball, Coffman simply had no chance.
Gabe Vehar, who shared game-ball honors with Jacob Jesionek, had a game-high five goals and Bo Lori finished with four goals and five assists for Hudson.
"Gabe had a great game," Blue said. "He did a great job of getting to the right spot. Jacob picked off a couple of passes and got a couple of ground balls.
"Once again, Bo Lori did a good job of finding his teammates."
Zach Nye had one goal and two assists and Mick Mougey had one goal and one assist. Cameron Haggerty, Luc Jambon and Reid Robinson each scored once.
"I thought Zach did a nice job of finding his teammates and running all over the field," Blue said.
Nate Menedez added an assist and Explorers' goalkeeper Jake Krone made five saves.
The Explorers outshot Coffman 39-25 and had a 47-25 edge in ground balls. Lori finished with a team-high eight ground balls and Motter added seven ground balls.
While Hudson dominated possession for much of the evening, the Explorers' defense, particularly Jesionek, Will Hogan, Trent Maendler, Logan Malson and Seth Wagner, also stood tall when the Shamrocks got close to the cage.
"Our midfielders put pressure on their midfielders and caused turnovers," Blue said. "The defense is starting to know their roles and Jake is getting more comfortable with those guys.
"They're not chasing any more. We've done some defensive drills and they are playing more fundamental team defense."
Hudson suffered an 11-7 loss in the junior varsity contest to fall to 5-2.
The Explorers were scheduled to entertain Chagrin Falls April 29 at Hudson Memorial Stadium. Results were not available at press time.
Hudson is set to visit Olentangy May 2 at 8 p.m.