It wasn't that long ago when the Hudson and Solon boys lacrosse teams were two of the best teams in the state.

While the Explorers can still make that argument, the days of the Comets being a state power are over -- for now.

Hudson improved to 5-0 on the season after posting a lopsided 17-2 victory over Solon April 4 at Solon High School's Stewart Field.

The Comets, who used to give the Explorers all kinds of problems, dropped to 0-6.

Hudson, which has close to 60 players on its roster, overwhelmed, Solon, which has less than 30 players on its roster, with its depth, speed and athleticism.

The Explorers scored eight goals in the first 10-plus minutes and didn't look back the rest of the way.

"Solon's numbers are down a little bit," Hudson head coach David Blue said. "They still have a lot of good players. As I always say, we have to take care of our things."

The Explorers put on a passing clinic, were deadly accurate with their shooting and they played very intense defense to overwhelm Solon.

"I thought we moved the ball well," Blue said. "We just got back from spring break. It was a good day for us. The defense played very aggressive and we were better on face-offs. We controlled possession through the face-offs."

Hudson, which has struggled with face-offs throughout the season, won 14-of-30 April 4.

"We've had good face-off guys over the years," Blue said. "What makes the difference is a lot of hustle and hard work. The kids have to be willing to take and give hits."

Max Cole continued his stellar season with four goals and five assists to lead the Explorers.

Anthony Rightnour finished with three goals and one assist and Patrick Burdett scored all three of his goals in the first quarter.

Chandler Kotseos also had a stellar game with a goal, three assists and a team-high six ground balls. Cole Miller contributed two goals and one assist and Angelo Donatelli scored twice.

Also scoring one goal apiece for the Explorers were Merrick Widdoes, who had an assist, and Brady Ludewig.

Will Orazen added an assist for Hudson, which outshot the Comets 33-23 and had a 41-20 advantage in ground balls.

Danny Saxon, who, along with Enrique Rodriguez gave the Solon players fits throughout the evening, had five of those ground balls. Saxon received the game ball for his efforts.

"Enrique is the heart and soul of our defense," Blue said. "Both Enrique and Danny are fast, aggressive and athletic. Those two kids are all over the field."

The Explorers, who got three and five saves apiece from goalies Stroud Corr and Matt Withem, committed 14 turnovers compared to 16 for the Comets.

Hudson's junior varsity team improved to 5-0 with a 12-3 win.

The varsity squad was scheduled to entertain Everest Academy (Ontario, Canada) April 6 at Hudson Memorial Stadium before heading to Shaker Heights April 8. Results of those contests were not available at press time.

The Explorers are set to visit Jackson April at Robert Fife Stadium in Massillon. Play is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.


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