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Hudson boys lacrosse team routs Medina for third straight win

Published: May 14, 2014 12:00 AM
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by Frank AcetO

Associate Sports Editor

Hudson -- When his team moves the ball, takes advantage of fast breaks and avoids turnovers, Hudson head boys lacrosse coach David Blue believes his team can beat just about anyone.

The Medina Bees certainly aren't going to argue.

The Explorers earned their third consecutive victory after posting a lopsided 19-5 win over Medina May 9 at Hudson Memorial Stadium.

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With the win, Hudson improved to 10-4. The Bees dropped to 8-4.

Since a 13-12 overtime loss to Olentangy May 3 on the road, the Explorers have outscored their last three opponents 55-13.

In its latest demolition, Hudson took a 5-0 lead in the first three minutes and never looked back.

The Explorers completely dominated because of their mastery on the face-offs and their ability to rapidly find the open man.

As a result, Hudson, which led 14-2 at halftime, played all of the second half with a running clock because it was a 12-goal differential.

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"I'm not surprised by what this team can bring on a daily basis," Explorers head coach David Blue said. "We can explode for five or six goals at any given time. The problem is we do that and then we take plays off. We finally played a complete game."

Zach Nye led Hudson with five goals and two assists and Bo Lori had two goals and three assists.

But nine players found the net for the Explorers, who appear to be finding their stride at the right time.

Mick Mougey, Brent Zubal and Grant Elffers each had two goals and one assist and Reid Robinson scored twice.

Nathan Menendez and Sam Gregory each finished with one goal and one assist and Cameron Haggerty and Kyle Ator each scored once.

Matt Rightnour added two assists and Seth Wagner had one assist.

"Zach Nye, Seth Wagner and Nathan Menendez got game balls," Blue said. "Seth found Zach on a fast break and it was a beautiful goal.

"The beauty of the sport of lacrosse is the transition game and moving the ball. People like to see that.

"They don't like to see one guy trying to do everything. We are tough to beat when we get everybody involved."

While Hudson's offense has been spectacular times, it also has been wildly inconsistent.

The Explorers have had turnover issues throughout the season. For the most part, Hudson avoided those miscues May 9.

It probably should have been expected.

The Explorers worked on avoiding turnovers the previous day during practice.

"If you turned the ball over in one of our drills, you had to get in the back of the line and start over," Blue said. "You could go 90 yards down the field and if you turned it over, you had to start over.

"We have to be able to focus and we have to be able to communicate. For the most part, we were pretty clean in that drill."

Hudson goalkeepers Jake Krone and Spencer Kline finished with seven and three saves, respectively.

Chris Motter scooped up 13 ground balls and won 18 of 25 face-offs. The Explorers won 19 of 27 face-offs.

Hudson outshot the Bees 46-22 and had a 58-25 advantage in ground balls.

Prior to the game, the Explorers honored 3-year-old Maryanne Kirk, who is currently battling leukemia. Maryanne recently had a relapse and was unable to attend the game (For the complete story, see page 1).

The junior varsity team improved to 10-2 on the season with a 10-6 win.

Hudson was scheduled to visit University School May 13 in Hunting Valley. Results were not available at press time.

The Explorers are set to conclude the regular season against Kent Roosevelt May 16 at Hudson Memorial Stadium.

Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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