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Girls lacrosse escapes in double overtime against HB

By FRANK ACETO Associate Sports Editor Published: May 7, 2017 12:00 AM
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HUDSON -- The opponent didn't have a glittering record.

But when it comes to just about every sport, Hudson knows it can't take that certain opponent for granted on any given day.

That would be the Hathaway Brown Lady Blazers.

Despite their struggles this spring, the Lady Blazers gave everything the Lady Explorers could handle.

Fortunately, a calm, collected senior prevented the Hudson girls lacrosse team from suffering a major upset on its home field.

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The Lady Explorers earned their seventh consecutive victory after earning a hard-fought 11-10 win over Hathaway Brown in double overtime May 2 at Hudson Memorial Stadium.

With the victory, Hudson improved to 8-2 on the season. The Lady Blazers, who played nothing like their record, dropped to 2-8.

"HB obviously is a very good team," Lady Explorers head coach Persy Sample said. "They're scrappy and they're very talented. We didn't play our best game, but we got the win."

Senior Sarah Keller put the nearly two-hour match away with a free-position goal with 46 seconds left in the second overtime period.

Hathaway Brown was called for a shooting-space penalty and Keller, who also had an assist earlier in the match, calmly fired a low shot into the goal past Lady Blazers' goalie Alexia Jones on a free-position shot.

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"I wanted to shoot it low," Keller said. "She had been stopping everything up top. I knew where to place it."

Such an opportunity had not been automatic for Keller throughout the season.

"Sarah was not as confident as she should be in her shooting," Sample said. "She took charge as a senior. She was ready to win and she wanted to take care of business."

It was safe to say Hudson dodged more than its share of bullets.

The Lady Explorers did not have the ball in the first overtime as Hathaway Brown had some shots just miss from close range.

Two of those shots hit the pipe and two of those shots were miraculously saved by Hudson goalie Kristin Potts, who played the entire second half.

The Lady Explorers also lost the opening face-off in the second overtime period, but they were able to get the ball back, thanks to a yellow card on the Lady Blazers.

"It was frustrating," Keller said. "We just wanted to make sure we didn't overcommit. I think we might have seen their record and overlooked them a bit."

The story of the match went something like this: Hudson scored a couple of goals, Hathaway Brown rallied, the Lady Explorers went on another run and then the Lady Blazers answered.

Hudson led 6-2 at one point, but Hathaway Brown scored three unanswered goals, including two in a 32-second span, to cut its deficit to 6-5 at halftime.

The Lady Explorers led 8-5 early in the second half, but again, the Lady Blazers responded.

Hathaway Brown tied the game at 10 with 93 seconds left in regulation when Alexis Chauvette found the goal.

The Lady Blazers were pretty much in attack mode the rest of the way until Keller sealed the deal.

Prior to Keller's game-winner, Hudson's most dangerous offensive player was Elizabeth Hinkle, who had five goals on six shots and three takeaways.

"Elizabeth is an all-star athlete," Sample said. "She is very determined. She wants to be the best. She is very structured in what she does. She's an awesome player to have and I am super excited to see her have a standout year."

Corinne Hunt added two goals and scooped up a game-high five ground balls and Ari Bankovich finished with one goal and two assists.

Tyler Vidmar also scored for the Lady Explorers and Maddie Valko and Kendall Paltani each had an assist.

Potts finished with five saves and Hudson starting goalie Addie Gojdics stopped three shots in the first half.

Chauvette and Ellie Jones each scored three times for Hathaway Brown.

Also scoring one goal apiece for the Lady Blazers were Sydney Radke, Claire McKenna, Bella Godsick and Patty Gannon.

Carly Glickman contributed two assists and Ellie Jones and Godsick each had one assist.

Alexia Jones made seven saves for Hathaway Brown.

While Sample is pleased with her team's overall play in recent weeks, the contest with the Lady Blazers proved the Lady Explorers have a long way to go if they want to reach the state semifinals for the second consecutive year.

"Adversity will make us better," she said. "We have a lot of work to do. It's good to know what the girls need to do. They need to work on getting more confidence in themselves."

Hudson was scheduled to entertain Cleveland Heights May 4 before heading to Cuyahoga Falls to play Walsh Jesuit May 6. Results of those matches were not available at press time.

The Lady Explorers are set to host Western Reserve Academy May 8 at Scott Malson Field. Play is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.

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