Hudson escapes with OT win over St. Edward

LAKEWOOD- Hudson survived a trip to Lakewood, beating the host St. Edward Eagles in double overtime, 9-8. The Explorers started slowly and never got into a full offensive organized set. The teams traded possessions in overtime, but Hudson prevailed halfway through the second overtime period. Hudson improves its record to 7-1.

The offense sputtered early with turnovers, missed scoring chances, poor shot selection, and a very hot Eagle goalie. Anthony Rightnour led the charge with two goals and an assist, including the game-winner in the second overtime stanza. Joe Graf found the back of the net twice. Brady Ludewig and Merrick Widdoes each added a goal and an assist. Adam Dunne, Angelo Donatelli, and Pat Burdett all scored once.

For most of the game, Hudson's defense was solid in 6-on-6. However, St. Edward's rally in the fourth quarter was fueled by a man-down goal and two transition tallies that tied the game. Matt Rudy (five groundballs) and Nathan Slater (four groundballs) had solid games. Matt Withem recorded ten saves, huge one in overtime.

All three special teams groups struggled and must improve quickly.

Gameball: Jay Valko handled heavy pressure, a double team, and found Anthony Rightnour on the crease.

JUNIOR VARSITY NOTES: The Junior Varsity fell to St. Edward, 7-6, for just their second loss of the season.

NEXT: Hudson returns to the friendly confines of Memorial Stadium on Thursday to host Medina.

Explorers shut down Shaker Heights

HUDSON- Hudson hosted Shaker Heights on a gorgeous Friday night and beat the visiting Red Raiders, 13-5. The Explorer defense was a brick wall for most of the game, turning in its best effort this season.

Balance returned to the offense, as Hudson got production from ten different players. Merrick Widdoes led in points with a goal and a trio of assists. Blake Lori and Brady Ludewig both had hat tricks. Jack Burdett scored twice from his long-stick midfield position. Single tallies were added by Adam Dunne, Anthony Rightnour, Jay Valko, and Will Hannon.

The defense was tough from the opening whistle. Goalie Matt Withem pitched a shutout with nine saves, earning him a gameball. The defense pilfered ten takeaways from the Red Raiders.

The extra man offense was perfect, converting its lone opportunity.

Gameballs: Matt Withem (between the pipes) and Jack Burdett (between the boxes).

JUNIOR VARSITY NOTES: The Junior Varsity team improved to 5-1 on the season with a big 8-3 win over the Shaker Heights. The game was very close heading into the fourth quarter, with both teams turning in solid efforts. Dan DiGeronimo and Ryan Hunt both found the back of the net in the final stanza to give the Explorers some breathing room.

NEXT: Hudson travels to Lakewood to take on St. Edward on Tuesday.

Explorers rebound with win over Jackson

HUDSON- Jackson came into Hudson Memorial Stadium wanting to win the game for their head coach, Hudson alumnus Bobby Lyle. However, the Explorers proved to be too much for the visiting Polar Bears, winning a sloppy game, 12-9.

The offense jumped out to an early lead with two goals from the stick of Brady Ludewig. He was on fire and finished the game with three goals and an assist. Joe Graf and Mason Prisk chipped in with big goals. Blake Lori, Anthony Rightnour, Pat Burdett, and Merrick Widdoes found the back of the net, as well. Danny Saxon and Angelo Donatelli added assists.

The defense was solid at times, but also had its let-downs. Matt Withem rebounded in the cage with a solid performance, recording 13 saves. Danny Saxon initiated a several fast breaks two groundballs and three takeaways. Matt Rudy also played aggressive, solid defense.

Angelo Donatelli was stellar on his 14 faceoff wins.

Gameballs: Angelo Donatelli and Brady Ludewig

JUNIOR VARSITY NOTES: The Junior Varsity team moved to 4-1 on the season with a hard fought 7-6 overtime thriller over the visiting Polar Bears. Ben Hackenberg had a solid game in the nets and gave the Explorers the lead heading into the fourth quarter. With Jackson tying the game midway through, the two teams battled for every ground ball. Eventually, Frankie Fulco came up with a loose ball in front of the Jackson cage and fired it into the back of the net.

NEXT: The three-game homestand wraps up on Friday with the Explorers hosting Shaker Heights for Hudson Youth Lacrosse Night.

Coffman hands Explorers first loss

HUDSON- The Explorers suffered their first defeat of the season on a cold Saturday afternoon to Dublin Coffman, 12-6. As the JV did earlier in the afternoon, Hudson were behind the eight ball was they got down early, but rallied to pull to within one by halftime. The Explorers squandered an extra-man opportunity early in the third and the Shamrocks changed the field to score their own goal. On the ensuing possession, a missed ground ball led to another Coffman goal and Hudson never got any closer.

The offense got off to a slow start but was able to challenge the Rocks defense in the second quarter. Brady Ludewig's two goals and an assist led the way for the Navy and White. Will Hannon scored his first goal on the season with a shorthanded goal. The offense was only able to produce 19 shots in the game.

The defense knew it was going to be up for a fight on Saturday and Coffman's top offensive weapons were ready to capitalize in their scoring chances. After surrendering 12 goals on 35 shots, the defense will have to tighten up this week against local foes Jackson and Shaker Heights.

The special teams need more work.

Gameballs: none

JUNIOR VARSITY NOTES: The Junior Varsity Explorers took their first loss of the season in a very physical contest, 7-4. The Explorers were down early in the game, but battled back late in the fourth quarter to get within a goal. Two costly penalties ended the comeback bid and Hudson falls to 3-1 on the season.

NEXT: The homestand continues as the Explorers host Jackson on Tuesday and Shaker Heights on Friday.

Explorers down Demons

WESTLAKE- Hudson traveled to the west side of Cleveland for a matchup against a pesky team of Demons from Westlake. A low scoring first half (5-3) opened up in the third quarter (10-6) with the Navy and White eventually pulling away in the fourth (13-8 final). Hudson improves to 4-0 on the season.

The offense once again got a balanced effort in points production with eleven players recording points. Joe Graf, Anthony Rightnour, Brady Ludewig, Merrick Widdoes, and Pat Burdett each scored two goals. Single tallies were added by Mason Prisk, Blake Lori, and Adam Dunne. Jay Valko led the team with three assists.

Defensively, Hudson's effort was led by Matt Rudy with his hustle, hard hits, two takeaways, and five ground balls. Merrick Widdoes also played excellent midfield defense and came up with four ground balls. Danny Saxon, Nathan Slater, Matt Wysmierski, and Colin Dickens also played solid at close defense.

The special teams need more practice.

Gameballs: Matt Rudy and Merrick Widdoes

JUNIOR VARSITY NOTES: The Junior Varsity quickly found themselves down 5-1 to the host Demons. By halftime, the JV Explorers had improved their effort and tied the score at 5-5. Hudson then rattled off 17 unanswered goals in the second half to clinch a 18-5 victory. Matt Mehelic at LSM, Michael Chojnacki at faceoffs, Luke Imes at defense, and a balanced team offense with a host of Explorers scoring points helped the JV team improve to 3-0 on the season.

NEXT: The Explorers get Friday night to rest up before they host Dublin Coffman on Saturday at Memorial Stadium for a 2:00 pm tilt. JV will start at noon.

Hudson steamrolls Solon

HUDSON- The weather of Northeast Ohio always plays tricks on spring sports. With the game between Hudson and Solon moved from Tuesday to Wednesday due to rain, Mother Nature added in a lot of wind and blowing snow that looked more appropriate for late season football than early season lacrosse. In the end, it was the Explorers who conquered the elements and Solon by a score of 21-7.

Offensively, Hudson was in charge the entire game. Eleven players recorded points in the game, but two players had excellent contests. Mason Prisk earned a game ball for his seven goals and two assists. Not to be outdone, Jay Valko added four tallies and three assists. Pat Burdett had a hat trick as well. The offense assisted on 15 of 21 goals. The Explorers put together a great team effort.

Defensively, Hudson came out aggressive and physical and made Solon feel the hits and the weather. Danny Saxon (2 assists) and Stephen Russell (goal) were all over the field creating scoring opportunities. Matt Rudy had a solid game with four ground balls.

Angelo Donatelli and Alex Beegle (gameball) combined for 18 of 28 faceoff wins.

Gameballs: Mason Prisk and Alex Beegle

JUNIOR VARSITY NOTES: The Junior Varsity returned to action after Spring Break and took it to the Comets of Solon by a score of 13-0. Offensively, MitchellNeely and Adam Oscarson were shooting the ball well all game long. Matt Mehelic played solid long stick defense. Sully Clarkwas a beast at the face-off X. Ben Hackenberg and Alex Movshin split time in the cage to record the 2nd shutout.

NEXT: The postponed Solon game creates a scheduling quirk where Hudson will have games on back-to-back nights. The Explorers travel to Westlake on Thursday for a game with the Demons.

Varsity blasts Bees

BRECKSVILLE- Hudson traveled to take on fellow Suburban League member Brecksville-Broadview Heights on a cold and windy March evening and put up six first-quarter goals on the Bees. By halftime, the score was 9-1 and Hudson cruised to a 15-2 victory. All 23 dressed players on the Hudson roster saw action in the team's last game before spring break.

The offense fired on all cylinders as ten players found the back of the net with Pat Burdett (3 goals) leading the way. Joe Graf, Anthony Rightnour, and Brady Ludewig each had two goals while single tallies were recorded by Blake Lori, Mason Prisk, Adam Dunne, Angelo Donatelli, and defensemen Matt Wysmierski and Jack Burdett. Merrick Widdoes (2) and Danny Saxon added assists.

The Hudson defense was really challenged by the Brecksville offense. Matt Withem had 2 saves and Alex Nawn came up with 6 stops. Stephen Russell led the defense with 3 ground balls. Matt Rudy, Collin Dickens, and Nathan Slater played physical defense and forced the Bees into several turnovers.

Angelo Donatelli and Alex Beegle won 11 of 20 face-off draws.

Gameball: Matt Wysmierski played tough defense and scored the first goal of his career.

JUNIOR VARSITY NOTES: The Junior Varsity opened the 2018 season with a dominating 15-0 thrashing of the Brecksville-Broadview Hts. Bees. Overall, Hudson went deep into the bench and had goals from several players. Michael Chojnacki and Sully Clark were dominant at the face-off X.

NEXT: Hudson hosts Solon on Tuesday, April 3.

Varsity opens with win in Obetz

OBETZ, Ohio- The Hudson Explorers opened up the 2018 season with an 11-6 victory over the Mason Comets at the Ohio Machine High School Lacrosse Showcase.

Hudson started off slow as the defense surrendered the first four goals. After regrouping, the offense untracked and took a 6-5 lead into halftime. Hudson controlled the rest of the game to bring home the opening day victory.

Joe Graf (2g,2a) earned offensive player of the game honors with his solid play. Brady Ludewig found the back of the net three times. Blake Lori had two goals on nice moves to the cage. Anthony Rightnour (1g,1a), Merrick Widdoes (1g,1a) had good performances as well. Jay Valko and Adam Dunne each added single tallies. Mason Prisk and Danny Saxon added helpers to the cause.

After the slow start, Matt Withem recorded nine saves in the cage and only gave up two goals after the six-minute mark of the first quarter. Danny Saxon, back from injury, scooped up three ground balls. Nathan Slater and Matt Rudy were very physical in their play. Stephen Russell was all over the field with hustle to get 4 ground balls.

Angelo Donatelli had a great day scooping six ground balls, won nine faceoffs, and was tough between the lines.

Gameball: Joe Graf: 2 goals, 2 assists, and 2 ground balls

JUNIOR VARSITY NOTES: JV was idle.

NEXT: Thursday, March 22
at Brecksville-Broadview Heights
JV 5pm, Varsity 7pm

2018 Captains Named

The Hudson High School Boys Lacrosse team is happy to announce that the following players have been voted on by their teammates to be captains for the 2018 season.

Attack: Anthony Rightnour, Senior
Midfield: Angelo Donatelli, Senior
Defense: Danny Saxon, Senior
Goalie: Matt Withem, Senior

Congratulations to all four for demonstrating positive leadership skills with their teammates and constantly working towards success!

2018 Season Preview

Hudson Lacrosse will open the 2018 season on the road this Saturday, March 17, at the Ohio Machine High School Showcase and will play Mason in the second contest of the five-game event. Wrapping up the month of March, both the JV and Varsity team will travel to Brecksville for a league match up with the Bees on March 22. Upon returning from Spring Break, Hudson has a busy week: hosting Solon on Tuesday, April 3; traveling to Westlake on Thursday, April 5; and returning to home to host one of the state's top teams in Dublin Coffman on Saturday, April 7.

The middle third of the season has Hudson hosting rival Massillon Jackson on Tuesday, April 10 and Shaker Heights in a Friday night tilt on April 13. The following week is another busy stretch of challenging games for Hudson as the Explorers travel to St. Edward on Tuesday, April 17; host longtime rival Medina on Thursday, April 19; and then head south to Olentangy Liberty for a big contest on Saturday, April 21.

The final third of the season will start with Hudson traveling to St. Ignatius on Wednesday, April 25. This is typically one of the best games of the season as the two teams slug it out for area supremacy. The month of May opens with Hudson hosting Chagrin Falls on Tuesday, May 1 and then visiting Hoover on May 4. The final week of the regular season takes Hudson to University School on Tuesday, May 8 and the Explorers wrap up the regular season by hosting Kent Roosevelt for Senior Night on Friday, May 11.

POSITION OUTLOOK

Attack:

Pat Burdett (Sr): Pat is a big crease attackman who has solid stick work and finishing skills. He can take a hit and still get his shot off.

Joe Graf (Sr): A natural lefty who has developed his feeding ability and outside shooting. His quickness and ability to change direction adds to his skill set.

Will Hannon (Jr): Will is new to the Hudson program but has solid goal scoring abilities.

Mason Prisk (Jr): Mason is a versatile attackman who can finish or create big plays. He is very adept at finding small seams in the defense to get off his shot.

Anthony Rightnour (Sr): Anthony is one of the team leader's and has the ability to take over games with his finishing skills. He is also a talented playmaker who can set up his teammates for success in a variety of ways.

Jay Valko (So): Jay will be seeing time this spring at attack, because of his quickness and playmaking ability.

Midfield:

Alex Beegle (Sr): Alex will be playing mostly as a defensive midfielder and joining the face-off groups as well.

Dane DiGeronimo (So): Dane is another younger player who has good versatility as a defensive midfielder and face-off specialist.

Angelo Donatelli (Sr): Angelo is one of the hardest workers on the team. He has the ability to play both offensive and defensive midfield, but he also excels in several special teams area as well.

Adam Dunne (Sr): Adam has paid his dues by playing attack and offensive middie over the past two seasons. This year, he is being counted on to produce points as an offensive midfielder.

Ryan Graham (Jr): Ryan has great size and speed and runs the field well as a defensive transition midfielder.

Blake Lori (Jr): Blake's stickwork and agility make him a very slick midfielder. He also is big in getting ground balls and playing defense too.

Brady Ludewig (Jr): Brady plays a very physical style of midfield by using his size and big outside shot to challenge the defense. He is also one of the face-off specialists as well.

Sam Regalo (Sr): Sam will be making his first marks on the varsity team this spring by playing defensive midfield.

Merrick Widdoes (Jr): Merrick's versatility at midfield and occasionally attack make him one of the team's feared offensive weapons. He also excels in the clearing game as well.

Defense:

Jack Burdett (So): Jack's ability to cover ground at either close defense or long stick midfield makes him one of the team's better defensive players. He has a unique ability to create offense in the transition game too.

Colin Dickens (Sr): Colin has improved greatly over the past few seasons and his steady play has been noticed. Nothing flashy, but he gets the job done and is relentless covering his man.

Charlie Murphy (Sr): Charlie has worked his way back from injury and will look to fill out an important role as a rangy long-stick midfield who can find the back of the net too.

Matt Rudy (Sr): Matt is in shape, playing fast, and is extremely aggressive with his stick. His leadership and physical play are traits that the coaching staff has been looking for in all of the players.

Stephen Russell (Jr): Stephen's stickwork and ability to get ground balls is amazing. He also works well in traffic with the ball after he has taken it away from his man.

Danny Saxon (Sr): After having an All-American season in 2017, his season was cut short due to injury. Now, Danny is back and ready to wreck opposing offenses with his aggressive and fast style of play. Look for him to excel again in the transition game and on ground balls.

Nathan Slater (Jr): Nathan is one of the bigger players you will find playing lacrosse. His ability to control his stick is amazing. He will be a force on the crease and a punishing enforcer for the defense.

Matt Wysmierski (Jr): Matt missed all of last year with an injury and is excited about getting back on the field. His physical play and aggressive style is just what the defense needs.

Goalie:

Matt Withem (Sr): Matt was able to get some valuable time in the nets last year, but this year he will be counted on to anchor and lead the defense.

Alex Nawn (Sr): Alex has been a versatile goalie for the team for the past three seasons. This year his enthusiastic play in between the pipes will be appreciated greatly by his teammates.

COACHING STAFF

David Blue, Head Coach: Coach Blue enters his 23rd year of coaching the Hudson High School boys' lacrosse program. His overall record stands at 307 wins and 111 losses. He has coached Hudson to the state finals in 2000, 2007, and 2011 (culminating with the State Championship), the state semi-finals in 2000, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2016, and won GCHSLL Championships in 2000, 2005, 2006, and 2007 as well as the NOSLCA in 2008 and 2009. Coach Blue entered the US Lacrosse-North Coast Chapter Hall of Fame in 2015 and the Ohio Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2017.

Todd Sidle, Assistant Coach: Coach Sidle enters his 15th year with the Hudson Lacrosse program. Coach Sidle will be in charge of the Explorers Junior Varsity program. He also is the freshmen boys soccer coach.

Logan Parsons, Assistant Coach (Hudson '07): Coach Parsons enters his fifth year with the program and will serve as the Junior Varsity assistant coach.

Charlie Joyce, Assistant Coach: Coach Joyce, a Hudson resident, enters his third year with the program and will be working with the midfielders and Junior Varsity team.

Tyler Zickel, Assistant Coach (Hudson '13): Coach Zickel enters his second year with the program as a coach and will be working primarily with the goalies and Varsity defense.

Ben Wiese, Assistant Coach (Hudson '13): Coach Wiese enters his first year with the program and will be working with the midfielders and Junior Varsity team.

Dan DeVoe, Athletic Trainer: Mr. DeVoe enters his 17th year as Head Trainer for the Hudson High School Lacrosse Team.

Melanie Bittecuffer, Athletic Trainer: Mrs. Bittecuffer enters her 11th year as Athletic Trainer for the Hudson High School Lacrosse Team.

OHSAA All-Region Awards

First Team

Max Cole, attack
Cole Miller, midfield
Danny Saxon, long-stick midfield
Enrique Rodriguez, defense

Second Team

Anthony Rightnour, attack

Honorable Mention

Will Orazen, short stick defense
Angelo Donatelli, short stick defense & special teams

Regional LSM Player of the Year

Danny Saxon

Regional Assistant Coach of the Year

Logan Parsons

All-Ohio and All-American awards (if earned) will be released next week.

St. Ignatius stops Hudson's playoff run

HUDSON- The season ended on a sour note by losing to rival St. Ignatius in the Regional Semifinals by a score of 12-4. St. Ignatius controlled most of the game by possessing the ball and employing a sharp-shooting offense. St. Ignatius moves on to play Hoover in the Regional Final. For Hudson, the season ends with 14 wins and 6 losses.

Game Center

Varsity
Olentangy Liberty
Sat 4/21
2:00 PM
Away
Cle. St. Ignatius
Wed 4/25
7:30 PM
Away
Chagrin Falls
Tue 5/1
8:00 PM
Home

Varsity at Olentangy Liberty
Saturday, April 21, 2018, 2:00 PM
Liberty Stadium, Powell

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Varsity (7-1-0)
9
Lakewood St. Edward
8

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Junior Varsity
Olentangy Liberty
Sat 4/21
12:00 PM
Away
Cle. St. Ignatius
Wed 4/25
5:30 PM
Away
Chagrin Falls
Tue 5/1
6:00 PM
Home

JV at Olentangy Liberty
Saturday, April 21, 2018, 12:00 PM
Liberty Stadium, Powell

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Junior Varsity (5-2-0)
6
Lakewood St. Edward
7


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