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14th straight earns girls lacrosse trip to regional semifinal

By FRANK ACETO Associate Sports Editor Published: May 24, 2017 12:00 AM
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HUDSON -- In 2016, the Hudson girls lacrosse team lost its first two matches.

The Lady Explorers ended up reaching the Division I state semifinals.

Hudson opened the 2017 season with two losses in its first three matches.

The Lady Explorers haven't lost since.

Second-seeded Hudson advanced to the Division I, Region 2 semifinals after posting a commanding 17-3 victory over ninth-seeded North Canton Hoover May 19 at Hudson Memorial Stadium.

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The Lady Explorers, who improved to 15-2 overall, won their 14th straight match.

With the win, Hudson, which led 10-0 at halftime, was scheduled to host third-seeded Cleveland Heights in a regional semifinal contest May 23. Results were not available at press time.

Cleveland Heights defeated Rocky River Magnificat 12-5 to advance.

"We were prepared," Lady Explorers assistant coach Sarra Qadri said. "Our intensity was up in the first half and we did a good job of defending in the midfield to prevent their transition offense."

Hudson head coach Persy Sample attended a wedding May 19 and was not at the match.

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The Lady Explorers showed pinpoint precision in their passing and if they had a shot from point-blank range, they didn't miss.

Hudson had a few lapses in the second half. However, the Lady Explorers had a considerable margin for effort since they built a double-digit lead with a running clock.

"Our intensity faltered in the second half, but that happens when you're up by so much," Qadri said. "All in all, we came in and did what we needed to get done."

Corinne Hunt led Hudson with four goals and two assists and Ari Bankovich, Piper Trattner and Sarah Keller each had two goals and one assist. Keller also had four takeaways.

Maddie Valko added two goals and Elizabeth Hinkle contributed one goal and three assists.

Julia Stiles finished with one goal and one assist.

Also scoring one goal apiece for Hudson were Mia Becker, Kendall Paltani and Sarah Hinkle. Elle Marquez and Tyler Vidmar each had an assist.

Marquez also won all five of her draws and Elizabeth Hinkle won 10 of 13 draws.

Goalies Kristin Potts and Addie Gojdics made two and four saves, respectively, for the Lady Explorers.

Payton Mash, Leah Slutzker and Katie Harcourt scored one goal apiece for the Lady Vikings (6-11). Sammie Battista and Catherine Wise each had one assist for Hoover.

Although Qadri was pleased with her team's play, she feels her team can play better.

Such a thought sounds frightening to the opposition since Hudson's last loss took place April 13.

"We need to fine-tune things on both offense and defense," Qadri said. "We want to make sure we play our best when we face the big-time opponents."

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