Ohio: Hudson, Dublin Jerome Take Boys' Titles

The Buckeye State wrapped up its championship tournaments last week in both the girls' and boys' divisions. It's safe to say that the weekend was one to remember, as several squads pulled off impressive feats. In boys' action, read about how one team earned its first-ever title in unorthodox fashion. And in girls' lacrosse, learn about another program's thrilling double-overtime victory.

Boys' Lacrosse: Hudson Wins First Title, Needs Two Days to Finish the Job

The Hudson boys' lacrosse team won its first-ever Division I state title behind a 14-8 win over Worthington Kilbourne this past weekend. The pinnacle contest proved to be quite unorthodox as Saturday's game was delayed in the fourth quarter due to lightning.

Both squads picked things up the following day with the Explorers up 12-7 with just over eight minutes remaining. Despite temperatures hovering in the low 90s on Sunday, Hudson had no trouble holding on for the championship victory.

Patrick O'Loughlin, Steve Jones, and Andrew Circelli scored three goals apiece to pace the attack for Hudson, which led 8-5 at halftime. The victory proved extra sweet for Hudson after the team fell to Kilbourne in the state semifinals in '08 and '09.

Hudson finishes the campaign 21-1 overall and will enter next season riding the coattails of a 13-game winning streak.

In Division II action, Dublin Jerome downed Hunting Valley University School, 13-4, last Saturday to claim its second straight Div. II title.

Jerome led 5-2 at the break before putting on a fourth quarter scoring blitz. With Leo Horine (three total goals) leading the way, Jerome notched five-straight fourth period scores to pull away. Connor McGann, James Eastep, and Todd Babione all combined to net six goals in the win for Jerome.

The Celtics (19-1) ended the season on an eight-game winning streak, scoring 11 or more goals in each of the contests. The squad's only loss of the season game against Michigan elite Brother Rice (17-4) back on May 6.

Rounding out the championship contests in the girls' divisions from this past week, Medina upended Upper Arlington, 14-13, in double-overtime, to claim the Division I title. Ellie Hudson-Heck, who finished with five goals and one helper, scored the game-winner with 57 seconds left in the second overtime session.

Also, Columbus Academy edged Hathaway Brown, 13-11, to take the Division II crown. The championship was the first for Academy since 2000. Junior Meredith McCloud scored a team-high four goals for Academy.

To contact staff writer Adam Warner, send an e-mail to adam@laxpower.com.


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