In recent years, the Hudson boys lacrosse team has had a difficult time with its main rival.
That would be Cleveland St. Ignatius.
The Wildcats had a three-match winning streak against the Explorers, including a humbling 17-2 win over Hudson in a Division I state semifinal contest last year.
These two teams may meet again down the road. But for one night, the Explorers finally have some bragging rights over their opponents to the north.
Hudson rebounded from a tough 17-7 loss to Dublin Coffman April 21 with an 8-4 victory over the Wildcats April 25 at Hudson Memorial Stadium.
With the win, the Explorers improved to 9-3 on the season. St. Ignatius dropped to 6-3.
Despite winning just two face-offs in the second half, Hudson outscored the Wildcats 5-3.
The Explorers played strong defense throughout the evening as St. Ignatius had much difficulty finding open space near Hudson's goal.
After Max Maruna scored to cut the Explorers' lead to 3-2 46 seconds into the second half, Hudson scored three goals in a span of 2:01.
Blake Lori had a career game offensively for the Explorers. He scored four goals on five shots.
Brady Ludewig added two goals and Merrick Widdoes and Patrick Burdett each scored once and Max Cole had two assists for Hudson.
Riley Kinzel, Bain Kurtz and Kyle Katigbak scored one goal apiece for St. Ignatius.
Michael Boehm had two assists and Nathan Conry had one assist for the Wildcats.
Hudson goalie Stroud Corr made six saves and St. Ignatius goalie Carter Blossey had nine saves.
The Wildcats outshot the Explorers 28-27. Hudson had a 29-25 edge in ground balls.
St. Ignatius had a 12-4 advantage in face-offs, but the Wildcats did not convert any of their five extra-man opportunities. Hudson scored on two of their four extra-man opportunities.
The Explorers' junior varsity squad suffered their first loss of the season. Hudson dropped to 10-1 after losing 11-5.