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Hudson girls lacrosse team advances to Region 2 title match

Published: May 23, 2017 8:32 PM
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It has been 40 days since the Hudson girls lacrosse team suffered its last loss.
If the Lady Explorers hope to keep their winning streak going, they will have to conquer a demon that handed Hudson its last defeat.
That would be Massillon Jackson.
Second-seeded Hudson earned a rematch with the Lady Polar Bears after earning an 18-8 victory over third-seeded Cleveland Heights.
The Division I, Region 2 semifinal contest took place May 23 at Hudson Memorial Stadium.
With the win, the Lady Explorers (16-2), winners of 15 straight matches, are set to play top-seeded Jackson, which defeated Uniontown Green 13-2, in the Region 2 title match May 27 at a neutral site.
The Lady Polar Bears, the 2016 Division I state runners-up, defeated Hudson 15-5 April 13.
Hudson, which defeated Cleveland Heights 12-11 earlier in the season, had its hands full against the Lady Tigers (9-8) in the first half.
The Lady Explorers looked like they were in control, but Cleveland Heights scored two goals late in the half to trim its margin to 7-5.
Hudson had two free-position opportunities go wide and another shot go just over the goal in the final minute of the half.
But the Lady Explorers, who lost 9 of 13 draws in the first 25 minutes, dominated the second half.
In the first 11-plus minutes after halftime, Hudson showed off its explosive offense with five unanswered goals.
The catalysts for the Lady Explorers were Corinne Hunt and Ari Bankovich, who seemed to find each other at the right times and they also seemed to know exactly where the other was at all times.
Bankovich found Hunt cutting to the goal right on cue and then Hunt located Bankovich while she was ready to shoot to overwhelm the Lady Tigers' defense.
Bankovich had four goals and two assists and Hunt finished with two goals and four assists.
Elizabeth Hinkle continued her stellar season with a match-high five goals to lead Hudson.
Sarah Keller and Kendall Paltani each contributed three goals and one assist and Maddie Valko had one goal for the Lady Explorers. Piper Trattner added an assist.
Kristin Potts started in goal for Hudson and finished with four saves. She was replaced early in the second half by Addie Gojdics, who made five stops of her own.
Soli Collins had three goals to lead Cleveland Heights and Jordan Weaver finished with two goals.
Senna Perelman and Lauren Iott each had one goal and one assist and Ryan Penson scored once.
Lady Tigers' goalie Jayden Ward finished with 10 saves.
The Lady Explorers won 9 of 12 draws after halftime. Elle Marquez won 13 draws and had two takeaways for Hudson.
Macy Trattner had three takeaways and Paltani scooped up seven ground balls.


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