by Frank Aceto
Associate Sports Editor
Hudson -- It was a convincing win and the offense certainly lit up the scoreboard.
And the defense didn't allow a goal for more than 18 minutes.
Still, though, Hudson longtime head boys lacrosse coach David Blue felt a little uneasy.
In reality, it wasn't one of the Explorers' better days.
Hudson won its fourth consecutive game after posting a 15-7 victory over Chagrin Falls April 29 at Hudson Memorial Stadium.
With the win, the Explorers improved to 7-3 on the season. The Tigers fell to 8-1.
Hudson led 8-2 at one point, but Chagrin Falls scored four goals in the last 5 minutes, 11 seconds of the first half to cut the Explorers' advantage to 9-6.
The Tigers' last two goals of the half took place 35 seconds apart in the final minute.
"We played very sloppy," Blue said. "We had a lot of turnovers, which has been the story of our season."
Fortunately, Hudson's slumber turned out to be brief.
Hudson's defense, led by Logan Malson, surrendered just one goal in the second half. The Explorers outscored Chagrin Falls 4-0 in the third period and never looked back.
"Logan earned the game ball for his stellar play and aggressive checking," Blue said.
It seemed like whenever the defense forced a turnover or picked up a ground ball, Hudson's fast-break offense found the net.
Mick Mougey had a huge night for the Explorers with a game-high six goals and seven ground balls.
Bo Lori finished with three goals and three assists and Gabe Vehar had three goals and one assist for Hudson.
Zach Nye, Grant Elffers and Cameron Haggerty scored one goal apiece for the Explorers, who outshot Chagrin Falls 47-33.
Dan Brady also had an assist and Chris Motter led the team with nine ground balls. Malson finished with five ground balls.
Griffen Stephens led the Tigers with three goals and Tyler O'Brien finished with two goals.
Sean Mackin added two goals and two assists.
The Explorers had a 16-9 advantage on face-offs and both teams had 43 ground balls.
Hudson goalkeeper Jake Krone made nine saves and Tigers' keeper Jackson Markley had 13 saves.
So all in all, it wasn't a bad performance against a team that was previously undefeated, right?
"In the end, we scored 15 goals, allowed just one goal in the second half and we played 26 or 27 kids," Blue said.
The Explorers' junior varsity team improved to 6-2 after earning a 13-7 win.
The varsity squad was scheduled to visit Olentangy May 2. Results were not available at press time.
Hudson is set to host Shaker Heights May 6 and Strongsville May 7 at Hudson Memorial Stadium. Both games are scheduled to take place at 7 p.m.