by Frank Aceto

Associate Sports Editor

Uniontown -- It took much longer than expected.

But the Lady Explorers' offense finally took charge when it mattered most.

The Hudson girls lacrosse team improved to 2-2 on the season after posting a 12-7 victory over Green April 10 at Green Memorial Stadium's Infocision Field in Uniontown.

The Lady Explorers exploded for 10 second-half goals after leading 2-1 at halftime.

Although Hudson dominated possession much of the game, the Lady Bulldogs (1-2) managed to keep things close until late in the second half.

"I don't know what it is, but our offense has been struggling," Hudson head coach Joya Mitchell said. "They have no fire.

"They're taking too long to go to the cage. They're thinking about what play they're supposed to run instead of just being aggressive."

Fortunately for Mitchell, Kasey Thom finally had enough.

She scored three of her four goals in a span of 4 minutes, 41 seconds to give the Lady Explorers an 11-7 lead.

All four of Thom's goals took place in the second half.

"Kasey really stepped up," Mitchell said. "We just had a tough game against Jackson [a 9-5 loss April 8 in Massillon]. We started off slowly, but then we picked it up in the second half."

Jackie Kisthardt had three goals and Kiley Merrill finished with two goals and one assist for Hudson.

Also finding the nets once apiece for the Lady Explorers were Kayla Miller, Katelyn Hill and Julia Finkenthal. Hill and Annie Lori each had an assist.

Ally Prosser picked up seven ground balls and Miller won six draws. Miller's time on the field came to an abrupt end when she injured her ankle late in the game.

Her status for this week was unknown as of press time.

Sydney Rossiter had two goals and one assist for the Lady Bulldogs (1-2) and Hallie King and Morgan Suponcic each added two goals.

Meghan Hohlbaugh scored once for Green and Hannah Albrechta had four assists.

Hudson had a significant shots-on-goal advantage.

Lady Explorers goalkeeper Sarah Price made two saves, while Green goalie Janelle Dixon finished with 14 stops.

Against Jackson, Kisthardt led the way with three goals and one assist.

Russell and Hill each had one goal and Merrill had two assists. Price finished with 10 saves.

Hudson was scheduled to visit Cincinnati Sycamore, which Mitchell said was ranked No. 1 in the state, April 11 before heading to Thomas Worthington High School in Columbus for the Hannigan-Galipault Tournament April 12.

The Lady Explorers were set to play Dublin Coffman and Mariemont. Results of those games were not available at press time.

Hudson is scheduled to host Medina April 15 at Hudson Memorial Stadium. Play is set to begin at 7 p.m.

"We intentionally wanted to play a hard schedule," Mitchell said. "It's a true test to see what they're made of."


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