The host Hudson boys lacrosse team earned a convincing 13-5 victory over Shaker Heights Friday at Hudson Memorial Stadium.
The Explorers (6-1) led 11-0 after three quarters. Ten different players contributed a goal or an assist for Hudson.
The Explorers also got stellar play from their defense.
"For most of the game," the Explorers defense was like a brick wall," Hudson head coach David Blue said. "Raider attempts to crack the scoring column were pushed away.
"The defense was tough from the opening whistle. By far, the game was Hudson’s best defensive effort."
Brady Ludewig and Blake Lori led the Explorers with three goals apiece. Merrick Widdoes finished with a goal and three assists and Jack Burdett contributed two goals for Hudson.
Anthony Rightnour had a goal and an assist and Jay Valko, Adam Dunne and Will Hannon each scored once for the Explorers. Mason Prisk and Angelo Donatelli each had one assist for Hudson.
Explorers’ goalie Matt Withem, who shared the game ball with Burdett, made nine saves between the pipes. Backup goalie Alex Nawn stopped four shots for Hudson.
The Red Raiders (3-5) won 13 of 21 face-offs and had a 41-40 advantage in shots. However, the Explorers had a 27-23 edge in ground balls and were able to clear the ball out of their end 21 out of 25 times.
Hudson committed just 11 turnovers compared to 16 for Shaker.
The Explorers junior varsity squad improved to 5-1 with an 8-3 win.