It has been an up and down season for the Hudson boys lacrosse team.
The Explorers still have a long way to go if they want to get back to the elite form they’re used to displaying.
But Friday was a good first step.
Hudson ended a two-match losing streak after earning a 12-6 victory over host Hilliard Davidson.
With the win, the Explorers, who had dropped three of their last four matches, improved to 7-6 in 2019.
Hudson dominated the match until the Wildcats got their offense going in the fourth quarter. The Explorers had a 10-1 lead heading into the final period.
"I’m very pleased with our focus and execution in the first three quarters," first-year Hudson head coach Brandon Schwind said. "I thought our defense did an outstanding job and our offense played with great patience and poise and did a great job taking advantage of our opportunities."
The Explorers’ high scoring trio led the way.
Blake Lori scored twice and contributed three assists and Brady Ludewig scored a match-high four goals. Merrick Widdoes added three goals and one assist.
Also faring well for Hudson were Chase Weber, who had two goals and one assist, Jordan Ito (one goal and five ground balls) and Matt Mehelic (nine face-off wins and four ground balls).
Explorers’ goalie Alex Movshin made five saves and Hudson’s man-down defense shut down three Davidson extra-man attempts.
The Explorers also scored on four of their extra-man opportunities and finished with 40 shots and 27 ground balls.
"It was wonderful to have some more familiar faces back on the field," Schwind said. "Chase Weber and particularly Jay Valko are big team players and having them both back on the field makes a difference for our program.
"Matt Mehelic did a great job at the faceoff X as did our wing players against a very good Davidson face-off specialist. We knew going in that we would not win them all, but we wanted to slow down their production, which we did."