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HUDSON -- In recent years, the Hudson boys lacrosse team has had a difficult time with its main rival.
That would be Cleveland St. Ignatius.
The Wildcats had a three-match winning streak against the Explorers, including a humbling 17-2 win over Hudson in a Division I state semifinal contest last year.
These two teams may meet again down the road. But for one night, the Explorers finally have some bragging rights over their opponents to the north.
Hudson rebounded from a tough 17-7 loss to Dublin Coffman April 21 with an 8-4 victory over the Wildcats April 25 at Hudson Memorial Stadium.
With the win, the Explorers improved to 9-3 on the season. St. Ignatius dropped to 6-3.
"It was good for us to get a win against them," Hudson head coach David Blue said. "They've lost some kids, but they're still Ignatius.
"Carter Blossey is one of the best goalies in the state and they have one of the best face-off guys [Anthony Ameo III] in the state."
It was a pleasing sight for Blue after seeing his team be completely overmatched in its previous game.
"That last game was a little bit of an embarrassment," he said. "We wanted to take it to heart to be physical and go after them and we did that."
Despite winning just two face-offs in the second half, the Explorers outscored the Wildcats 5-3.
Hudson, which led 1-0 after the first period, played strong defense throughout the evening as St. Ignatius had much difficulty finding open space near the Explorers' goal.
"They had a freshman attack [Michael Boehm] who is really good," Blue said. "Enrique [Rodriguez] played extremely well. Enrique and Danny Saxon used their speed to cover and tear apart their matchups.
"Max Kleiman had a stellar game as well and Will Orazen made several one-on-one stops. Angelo Donatelli and Matt Rudy also came up with big plays."
After Max Maruna scored to cut Hudson's lead to 3-2 46 seconds into the second half, Hudson scored three goals in a span of 2:01 to take control.
Blake Lori had a career game offensively for Hudson. He scored four goals on five shots.
"Blake had his shot on and was dodging hard to the cage," Blue said. "He had some great shots."
Brady Ludewig added two goals and Merrick Widdoes and Patrick Burdett each scored once and Max Cole had two assists for the Explorers.
Riley Kinzel, Bain Kurtz and Kyle Katigbak scored one goal apiece for St. Ignatius.
Michael Boehm had two assists and Nathan Conry had one assist for the Wildcats.
Hudson goalie Stroud Corr made six saves, while Blossey had nine saves.
The Wildcats outshot Hudson 28-27. The Explorers had a 29-25 edge in ground balls.
St. Ignatius had a 12-4 advantage in face-offs, but the Wildcats did not convert any of their five extra-man opportunities. Hudson scored on two of its four extra-man opportunities.
"The special teams on man-down defense and extra-man offense were very good," Blue said. "The face-off battle was tough, but the groups gave up zero fast breaks."
The Explorers' junior varsity squad suffered their first loss of the season. Hudson dropped to 10-1 after losing 11-5.
The varsity team was scheduled to entertain Olentangy April 28. Results were not available at press time.
Hudson is set to visit Chagrin Falls May 2 at 7 p.m.