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Hoover outlasts Hudson boys lacrosse

Published: May 5, 2017 10:37 PM
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The Hudson boys lacrosse team may have just cost itself a top seed in its region.
The host Explorers suffered a 12-11 defeat to North Canton Hoover May 5 at Hudson Memorial Stadium.
Hudson was ranked first in its region and the Vikings were ranked second. That has changed with Hoover's win.
Both teams went back and forth in the first two quarters until Hoover (11-3) gained some distance in the third quarter.
The Vikings took a 7-6 lead when Zack Owens scored after a time-out with 4.3 seconds left in the first half and then outscored the Explorers 3-0 in the third quarter.
However, Hudson made a furious rally in the final period.
Merrick Widdoes found the net twice and Brady Ludewig scored in a span of nearly six minutes to cut Hoover's lead to 10-9.
But the Vikings, who dominated the face-offs for much of the cold, wet evening, scored four seconds later when they won the face-off and got a goal from Sam Esterle with 5 minutes, 42 seconds remaining.
Esterle scored again 72 seconds later and Hoover's lead was back up to three.
Patrick Burdett and Blake Lori were able to cut the Vikings' advantage to one (12-11), but Hudson had some costly turnovers and a crucial penalty which gave Hoover a man advantage in the final minute.
Lori led the Explorers (10-5) with four goals and Widdoes and Ludewig each had two goals. Cole Miller had a goal and three assists and Danny Saxon and Patrick Burdett each had one goal and one assist for Hudson.
Matt Restifo also scored for the Explorers and Max Cole and Chandler Kotseos each had an assist.
Esterle led the Vikings with four goals and Whit Stopak had three goals.
Zack Owens and Andrew Wells each scored twice for Hoover and Matt Chufar also had a goal for the Vikings, who 21 of 27 face-offs and had a 29-21 advantage in ground balls.
Both Hudson goalie Stroud Corr and Hoover goalie Cameron Logan made several stops on shots from point-blank range.


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