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Hudson boys lacrosse rolls; David Blue picks up 300th career win

Published: April 12, 2017 9:58 PM
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He has won a state title, several regional championships and has guided many athletes to the collegiate level.
On April 12, longtime Hudson head boys lacrosse coach David Blue got to be part of another exclusive club.
That would be the 300 club.
Blue notched his 300th career win after the Explorers cruised to a 14-3 victory over Jackson at Robert Fife Stadium in Massillon.
Blue, who is in his 22nd year as head coach at Hudson, owned a career record of 300-106 as of press time. It also was the Explorers' second consecutive win. Hudson, which has reached the state semifinals 10 times since the beginning of the millennium, including its only state title in 2011, improved to 7-1 on the season.
Against the Polar Bears (4-2), the Explorers were in complete control from the beginning. They raced out to an 8-0 lead at halftime and were up 14-2 after three quarters.
Anthony Rightnour led the Explorers with six goals and Merrick Widdoes had two goals and two assists. Cole Miller finished with two goals and one assist and Max Cole had three assists for Hudson.
Chandler Kotseos, Joe Graf, Matt Restifo and Brady Ludewig each scored for the Explorers, who converted 3-of-4 extra-man opportunities and were 6-of-7 in shutting down Jackson's man-down opportunities.
Danny Saxon also had an assist, four ground balls and two takeaways and Hudson goalies Stroud Corr and Matt Withem made eight and two saves, respectively, in the cage. Corr, Rightnour and Widdoes earned game balls for their efforts.
"Stroud was incredible in the cage," Blue said. "He made saves on several point-blank shots."
Enrique Rodriguez was his usual stellar self on defense. He scooped up four ground balls and had two takeaways.
The Explorers had a 34-27 advantage in total shots and a 30-21 edge in ground balls. Hudson committed 15 turnovers compared to 23 for Jackson.


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