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Hudson lacrosse MBSLA state champs

Members of the Hudson Area Lacrosse Association's varsity club team celebrate their Minnesota Boys Scholastic Lacrosse Association state championship after beating St. Louis Park, 9-5, in the state title game Saturday, June 8, at Washburn High School in Minneapolis. Submitted photo.

The Hudson varsity club lacrosse team swept through its final three playoff games and clinched the Minnesota Boys Scholastic Lacrosse Association state championship with a 9-5 victory over St. Louis Park on Saturday, June 8, at Washburn High School in Minneapolis.

Hudson reached the title game by beating Fargo, 15-4, in the MBSLA state quarterfinals June 3 and defeating Becker, 12-7, in the semifinals June 5. They fought back from a 3-0 deficit to beat St. Louis Park, 9-5, in the state title game.

St. Louis Park's 3-0 first quarter lead was Hudson's largest deficit of the season and marked just the second time all year a Hudson opponent had scored first.

Hudson bounced back with second period goals from Leo Murray, off a pass from Brandon Schwartz, Zach Gapinski, with an assist from McKay Potter, and Adam Lipps to tie the score before St. Louis Park following a Hudson penalty to take a 4-3 halftime lead.

Potter opened the second half with a goal, assisted by Schwartz, to tie the score 4-4 before Will Reece scored to give Hudson a 5-4 lead. After a St. Louis Park goal tied the score for the third time, Potter and Schwartz each scored to put Hudson ahead 7-5 at the end of three.

Hudson's defensive unit, having one of its best games of the season, continued to hold off the St. Louis Park offensive attack with aggressive stick and body check and some brilliant saves by goalie Jordan Madden.

Taren Motte made it an 8-5 game with an assist from Reece, who was hit hard on the play and had to leave the game. But Reece returned to the field and scored the final goal of the game to give Hudson the 9-5 win.

Hudson players put a territorial twist on their post-game celebration by chanting the Hudson area code -- "seven-one-five! seven-one-five!" Hudson is the lone Wisconsin team that competes in the MBLSA.

Three nights earlier in the state semifinal game against Becker, Hudson was clinging to a 6-5 lead early in the third quarter before pulling away for a 12-7 victory.

Motte scored four first half goals and Potter and Lipps each had a goal to give Hudson a 6-4 halftime lead. After a Becker goal made it a 6-5 game, Hudson reeled off five unanswered goals -- three more by Motte, one by Potter and one by Reece, to widen their lead to 11-5.

Becker got as close as 11-7 in the fourth quarter before Zach Beckman scored a late goal for Hudson to make the final 12-7.

Hudson found itself trailing for the first time all season in the state quarterfinal against Fargo before Motte and McKay each scored to give Hudson a 2-1 lead. Fargo scored twice to regain the lead, 3-2, before Motte scored five goals and Potter and Schwartz tallied one apiece to give Hudson an 8-3 halftime lead.

Motte scored three more goals in the second half, while Potter, Lipps, Reece and Rusty Sellris added one each to close out the Raider scoring.

Hudson finished the season undefeated with a record of 12-0.

Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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