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It was the first game of the season for both teams.
However, in some ways, it had sort of a playoff feel.
For starters, both squads were among the best teams in the state in their respective divisions last year.
And both teams had explosive offenses that could light up the cage on a regular basis.
While both squads provided plenty of theatrics, the Division I state powerhouse had just a little bit more weapons than the Division II state power.
The host Hudson boys lacrosse team made a stellar debut after posting a 15-12 victory over Toledo St. Francis De Sales March 18 at Hudson Memorial Stadium.
The Explorers reached the Division I state semifinals last year. It was their 10th appearance in the Final Four in the 21st century. The Knights reached the 2016 Division II state championship game.
The teams traded early blows until Hudson (1-0) scored six unanswered goals to take a 10-4 lead midway through the third quarter.
The Explorers led 14-7 at one point, but St. Francis De Sales made things a bit interesting with three unanswered goals in a span of 70 seconds.
The Knights nearly got another one some 30 seconds after their three-goal spurt.
St. Francis De Sales had a shot from point-blank range saved by Hudson backup goalie Stroud Corr with less than three minutes left.
But Patrick Burdett ended the Knights' mini run with his third goal of the game to make it 15-11 with 1:54 remaining,
The Explorers' offense was a well-oiled machine thanks to the playmaking abilities of Max Cole. The standout attackman finished with a goal, a game-high 8 assists and 6 ground balls.
Cole Miller scored four times and Blake Lori and Anthony Rightnour each scored twice for Hudson.
Alex Beegle added a goal and an assist and Merrick Widdoes and Kevin Callahan each scored once for the Explorers.
Angelo Donatelli also had an assist and a team-high 8 ground balls for Hudson, which outshot the Knights 39-36.
Nick Provenza, Trevor Doren and Carter Pavain each led St. Francis De Sales with 3 goals and Max Johnston, Dylan Chagin and Evan Amstad each scored once for the Knights (0-1).
The Explorers lost 18 of 30 face-offs.