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Lacrosse club team goes 1-1 in playoffs

Hudson's Sam Rosiejka, Connor O'Keefe and McKay Potter defend a pair of Brainerd players in Hudson's 13-4 playoff victory. Submitted photo1 / 2
Hudson's Spencer Knapp battles a Brainerd player for control of the ball during a faceoff in the Hudson Area Lacrosse Association's varsity club team's playoff game June 1. Hudson defeated Brainerd 13-4 before losing to St. Louis Park, 8-7, in overtime in the next round. Submitted photo2 / 2

After trailing for most of the game, the Hudson Area Lacrosse Association's varsity club team battled back in the fourth quarter to tie St. Louis Park 7-7 at the end of regulation Monday, June 6, at Orono. But the Orioles scored on their first possession of the sudden death overtime to end the Raiders' playoff run and their inaugural varsity season.

Hudson advanced to the second round of the playoffs by defeating Brainerd, 13-4, on Wednesday, June 1.

St. Louis Park scored the first goal of the second-round game, but Hudson's Brandon Schwartz tied the score at 1-1. The Orioles struck again, and Hudson's Taren Motte evened the score at 2-2. The first quarter ended with St. Louis Park up 3-2.

A goal to start the second quarter gave the Orioles their first two point lead of the game at 4-2, but a goal by Hudson's Dylan Haskins kept the Raiders within one, 4-3 at halftime.

The first-year varsity Raiders showed some nervousness against a tough, experienced St. Luis Park Team in this second-round playoff game. Hudson was plagued by dropped passes, turnovers, and high shots on goal making for easy saves by Orioles goalie Erick Buckley. In the third quarter, the Orioles started to pull away, scoring three goals to Hudson's one by Luke Ousdigian. At the end of three quarters the Orioles led 7-4.

If the Raiders showed their nerves, they also showed their grit. Down by three halfway through the fourth quarter, the Raiders refused to lie down. Motte scored his second goal to pull within two, and then Anthony Queener scored on a pass from Ousdigian to narrow the gap to one. Hudson's defense held St. Louis Park scoreless in the fourth, and Brandon Schwartz scored an unassisted goal in the last few seconds of the game to tie it up at 7-7.

St. Louis Park won possession off the first face-off in overtime. Hudson Goalie Jordan Madden deflected one shot, but an Oriole scooped up the loose ball and fired in the game-winner.

The week before against Brainerd, Hudson handily defeated the visiting Warriors 13-4.

Ousdigian put the ball in Brainerd's net within the first minute of the game, but the goal was waved off because Ousdigian was in the crease. Ousdigian responded by going on to score five goals in the game, shooting several from outside. He added three assists to lead Hudson scorers.

Brainerd scored just one goal in the first half of play. They added two goals in the third quarter to make the score 13-3 in favor of Hudson. Hudson did not score in the fourth quarter, but held the Warriors to one goal for a final score of 13-4.

Other Hudson scorers included Schwartz with two goals and two assists, while Haskins, Queener and Spencer Knapp each scored two goals. Motte had two assists and Levi Willert had one. The Raiders scored 13 goals on 26 shots for an impressive 50 percent shooting percentage.

On defense Alec Vanasse scooped up a team-leading 11 groundballs while Madden stopped 13 of 17 shots.

Hudson ended its inaugural varsity club season with an overall record of record of 7-5 and a 4-1 conference record. In the playoffs, they went 1-1. With all of the Raiders eligible to play again because there are no seniors on this young team, they are expected to come back stronger and go even further into the playoffs next year.