HUDSON — She has seen glimpses of it.
Other times, though, she has witnessed some rather unattractive versions of it.
On Friday, Hudson first-year head girls lacrosse coach Kyra Maludy finally got a glance of what she had been waiting to see throughout the spring.
"This is the Hudson I like to see," Maludy said.
It certainly was Friday.
The top-seeded Explorers demolished Avon Lake 18-3 in a Division I, Region 2 quarterfinal matchup at Hudson Memorial Stadium.
With the win, Hudson (13-3) is scheduled to entertain Avon in a Region 2 semifinal contest Monday.
If the Explorers played anything like they did Friday, the Eagles may want to start making plans for next year.
Hudson dominated the Shoremen (5-11) in all facets of the game and was particularly lethal on offense.
The Explorers showcased their glamorous but deadly passing exhibition rather beautifully throughout the evening. As a result, Hudson led 12-3 at halftime.
The Explorers were just as merciless on defense.
Avon Lake’s attackers and midfielders found it nearly impossible to penetrate Hudson’s wall, particularly in the second half.
The Shoremen did not score a single goal after halftime, which was played with a running clock much of the way due to the Explorers’ double-digit advantage.
"It was a team effort and we got to play everyone," Maludy said. "We want to keep defenses on their toes. We don’t want to let them get stagnant and get a leg up on us."
That was not a problem at all for Hudson.
The Explorers got whatever they wanted whenever they wanted when the ball was attached to their sticks.
Sarah Hinkle led the way with six goals and one assist. Five of her goals took place in the first 25 minutes. She also had a team-high eight ground balls, won four of five draws and had two takeaways.
Kendall Paltani also had a stellar day on offense with four goals and two assists. Maggie Palumbo finished with two goals and two assists and Mia Becker scored a season-high three goals and picked up five ground balls.
Peyton Farley and Emily Ritenour each had a goal and an assist and Kaci Ramlow scored her first career goal late in the match. Ritenour also scooped up a team-high eight ground balls and had two takeaways.
Also contributing for Hudson were Mary Castrigano, who had two assists, and Emily Dunne and Maddie Liedel, who finished with one assist apiece.
All told, the Explorers took 29 shots on goal, scooped up 41 ground balls, had 16 takeways and won 14 of 22 draws.
Abigail Schillinger scored twice for Avon Lake and Emily Kirkwood scored once for the Shoremen.
But Avon Lake simply didn’t have a chance against its faster and more talented opponents, who are looking more and more like themselves during the latter portion of the season.
"We kind of knew going in that our first round of playoffs [a 16-8 victory over Shaker Heights Wednesday] was going to be harder than our second round," Maludy said. "We didn’t think too much about it. We just said, ‘We have to play Hudson lax; we have to play as a team.’"
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