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St. Ignatius ends Hudson boys lacrosse team's season

Published: May 24, 2017 8:10 PM
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Year after year, the Hudson and Cleveland St. Ignatius boys lacrosse teams have had a knack for seeing each other deep in the postseason.
Pardon the Explorers if they're fed up with the Wildcats.
Second-seeded Hudson's season came to an end after losing to third-seeded St. Ignatius 12-4 in a Division I, Region 2 semifinal contest at Hudson Memorial Stadium.
The Wildcats (12-7), who lost to the Explorers 8-4 during the regular season, have eliminated Hudson in regional play three years in a row.
St. Ignatius won a majority of the face-offs, got the 50-50 balls, played stellar defense and connected when it took a shot.
And most of those shots seemed to come from long range.
The Explorers, on the other hand, had trouble finding any rhythm offensively and their defense was victimized by the Wildcats' lethal cast of shooters.
Trailing 2-1 midway through the first quarter, St. Ignatius took the lead for good with a pair of goals in a 42-second span.
Brent Chernosky scored both of those goals with powerful, bouncing shots from long range.
Goals by Grayson Gerard and Connor Cmiel made it 5-2 early in the second.
Blake Lori cut Hudson's deficit to 5-3 with 9 minutes, 30 seconds left in the half, but whenever the Explorers (14-6) got close, the Wildcats seemed to turn it up a notch and take control.
Ignatius responded with two unanswered goals and didn't look back the rest of the way.
Hudson, which was missing defenseman Danny Saxon because of an injury, had 26 turnovers and had a plethora of shots go wide and over the goal.
The Explorers outshot St. Ignatius 26-19, but the Wildcats didn't miss too many of their opportunities against Hudson goalies Stroud Corr and Matt Withem.
Chernosky and Nathan Conry each finished with three goals and Gerard had two goals and one assist for St. Ignatius.
Bain Kurtz added a goal and an assist and Michael Boehm and Aaron Casile each scored once for the Wildcats. Riley Kinzel had the other assist for St. Ignatius.
The Wildcats also got a strong performance from their starting goalie.
Carter Blossey made several acrobatic saves to frustrate the Explorers' offense.
Cole Miller had a goal and an assist for Hudson and Jack Burdett and Brady Ludewig each had one goal for the Explorers. Max Cole added an assist.
The Wildcats won 11 of 19 face-offs.

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