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Hudson boys lacrosse team holds off Mason to stay unbeaten

By FRANK ACETO Associate Sports Editor Published: March 29, 2017 12:01 AM
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HUDSON -- The Hudson boys lacrosse team's contest against Mason had its share of twists and turns.

The Explorers fell behind, took complete control, lost a ton of momentum and then put things away down the stretch.

"It was a typical lacrosse game," Hudson head coach David Blue said.

And here's something else that was typical when the contest ended.

The Explorers got another win.

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Host Hudson improved to 3-0 on the season after posting a 15-11 victory over Mason March 25 at Hudson Memorial Stadium.

The Explorers, a perennial state power, utilized their high-powered offense to great lengths to hold off the Comets, who led 2-0 early.

Hudson responded with seven unanswered goals, but Mason (0-1) cut its deficit to 10-9 when Noah Harrison scored late in the third quarter.

However, the Explorers scored three unanswered goals to regain control.

"We want to play fast," Blue said. "At times, we were a little impatient, but when you play the style we play, kids are going to make mistakes."

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Hudson got to see some warmer weather against the Comets.

The Explorers battled chilly conditions in their previous two games.

"We're still sort of getting into game shape," Blue said. "We're not used to a warmer-weather game. Fortunately, our depth works to our advantage."

Senior attackman Max Cole, who had eight assists during Hudson's 15-12 win over Toledo St. Francis De Sales March 18, led the Explorers' offense with a goal and four assists.

Senior midfielder Cole Miller had four goals for Hudson and sophomore midfielder Blake Lori and junior attackman Anthony Rightnour each had two goals.

Junior midfielder Angelo Donatelli and sophomore midfielders Merrick Widdoes each had one goal and one assist.

Senior midfielder Will Orazen, sophomore attackman Danny LaFontaine and junior midfielder Kevin Callahan each scored once for the Explorers. Sophomore midfielder Brady Ludewig added an assist.

Junior midfielder Danny Saxon also had a strong game with six caused turnovers and four ground balls. Hudson senior goalie Stroud Corr finished with 12 saves.

Donatelli and senior defenseman Enrique Rodriguez, who plans to continue his academic and lacrosse careers at Denison University in Granville, earned game balls for their performances.

"Danny had a good game and Enrique had a very good game," Blue said. "Angelo hustled all over the place, got some big ground balls and won some face-offs."

Sophomore attackman Alexander Wells led Mason with three goals and an assist and junior attackman Kevin Peischl, junior midfielder Austin Croy and senior Noah Harrison each had two goals for the Comets.

Junior midfielder Brady Smith and senior midfielder Ethan Fedders scored one goal apiece for Mason.

Junior midfielder David Sun had three assists and senior midfielder Eric Thomas contributed two assists for the Comets.

Mason goalie Jeremiah Shaw made 11 saves in the nets.

The Comets won 20 of 29 face-offs, but the Explorers won the last four. Hudson had a 33-22 edge in ground balls.

The Explorers' junior varsity squad improved to 3-0 after earning a 14-7 victory.

Hudson is scheduled to visit Pine-Richland March 27 in Gibsonia, Pa. Results were not available at press time.

The Explorers are set to visit Solon April 4 at Stewart Field. Play is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

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