HUDSON — It was a showdown between a perennial state powerhouse and a squad that just completed its second year as a varsity program.
The final result?
Let’s just say it was pretty much what was expected.
The second-seeded Hudson boys lacrosse team made a stellar 2018 postseason debut after posting a lopsided 23-0 victory over 15th-seeded Canton GlenOak in a Division I, Region 2 first-round matchup.
The contest took place Tuesday evening at Hudson Memorial Stadium.
With the win, the Explorers earned a date with seventh-seeded Mentor in a regional quarterfinal matchup. The Cardinals defeated eighth-seeded Brecksville-Broadview Heights 14-10 Tuesday.
Hudson is scheduled to host Mentor Friday at 7:30 p.m.
The Explorers (10-5) knew they had way too much firepower for the Golden Eagles, who are in their fourth year of existence and second year as a varsity team.
Hudson led 18-0 at halftime as five players, senior Charlie Murphy, juniors Sam Regalo and Ryan Graham, sophomore Frankie Fulco and freshman Chase Weber scored their first goals of the season. As a result of their performances, Murphy and Graham received game balls.
"They’re a new team that is learning how to play the sport," longtime Explorers head coach David Blue said. "We didn’t want to embarrass them. We wanted to get some guys playing time and we were able to do that."
Hudson got all 28 players on the field and many of them contributed.
Joe Graf led the way with four goals and one assist and William Hannon finished with three goals and a team-high five ground balls.
Mason Prisk had two goals and one assist and Graham scored twice. Seniors Anthony Rightnour and Danny Saxon and junior Merrick Widdoes contributed one goal and one assist apiece.
Senior Alex Beegle, juniors Blake Lori and Brady Ludewig and sophomores Jay Valko and Dane DiGeronimo each scored once. Seniors Angelo Donatelli and Adam Dunne and Fulco and Regalo had one assist apiece.
The Explorers had a 49-12 edge in ground balls and a 52-2 advantage in shots taken.
So what did Hudson, which limped to a 2-4 record to close out an otherwise stellar regular season, learn from a first-round blowout?
"There are things we wanted to try in live situations," Blue said. "There were some things that we did that we hadn’t done. It gave kids who hadn’t played that much some confidence.
"Our starters gave us a good run and then the nonstarters gave us a good run. They’ve worked hard all year. They deserve playing time."
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