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Hudson boys lacrosse routs Brecksville to reach Region 2 semifinals

Published: May 20, 2017 2:33 PM
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When it comes to Northeast Ohio boys lacrosse, two teams have stood above the rest throughout the 21st century.
That would be Hudson and Cleveland St. Ignatius.
While those two storied programs won't be playing for a regional title, they will meet again after dominating performances in the regional quarterfinals.
Second-seeded Hudson advanced to the Division I, Region 2 semifinals after posting a commanding 17-5 victory over seventh-seeded Brecksville-Broadview Heights May 20 at Hudson Memorial Stadium.
The third-seeded Wildcats advanced with a 16-9 win over sixth-seeded Shaker Heights.
The Explorers (14-5), who defeated St. Ignatius 8-4 during the regular season, is scheduled to entertain the Wildcats May 24 at Hudson Memorial Stadium. Play is set to begin at 6 p.m.
Hudson will certainly be looking for some revenge.
In a 2016 regional final contest, St. Ignatius took it to the Explorers to the tune of a 16-2 win.
The two teams have met a number of times in regional play over the years. There have been a least a few times when the Wildcats have spoiled Hudson's stellar seasons.
If the Explorers, winners of four straight matches, continue to light up the scoreboard, St. Ignatius will certainly have its hands full.
The Bees (12-4) certainly did even though the match was highly competitive in the early stages of the match.
But like it has done in number of matches throughout the season, Hudson simply had an extra gear Brecksville could not match.
The Explorers scored four unanswered goals in the final five-plus minutes of the first half and dominated the rest of the way.
Anthony Rightnour led the way with five goals and two assists and Joe Graf had three goals.
Angelo Donatelli and Kevin Callahan each had two goals for Hudson and Patrick Burdett had one goal and one assist.
Nick Advent, Adam Dunne, Jack Burdett and Brady Ludewig also scored one goal apiece for the Explorers, who had a 43-20 advantage in shots and a 48-27 edge in ground balls.
Max Charlton had two assists and Blake Lori, Max Cole, Matt Restifo, who has had his health issues over the years, Cole Miller, Danny Saxon and Merrick Widdoes each had one assist.
Hudson also won 14 of 25 face-offs and got two saves apiece from goalies Stroud Corr and Matt Withem, respectively.
Wyatt Grant, Keali Kovach, Chad Harper, Will Morgan and Spencer Sears each scored one goal for the Bees.
Morgan also had two assists and Harper, Jacob Thompson and Jack Wurtz contributed one assist apiece for Brecksville.
Bees' goalie Avery Zarlinga managed to keep the match from being an even bigger blowout with a handful of saves from point-blank range. He finished with 14 saves.

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