Hudson has five All-Ohioans, four All-Americans in men’s lacrosse

When you are a success-based program and raise the bar, you reap the rewards.

Hudson’s men’s lacrosse team returned to the Division I semifinals for the first time since 2016 and post-season accolades poured into the program.

USA Lacrosse named forward Alec Dickens (73 goals, 32 assists) and long-stick midfielder Griffin Liedel (24 goals, 12 assists, 133 rushes) All-Americans for the second consecutive season.

The two weren’t alone as forward Jack Jenkins and defenseman Brennan Catania also received All-America nods.

“For me, it’s incredibly special to have four All-Americans on a team at once,” Explorers coach Brandon Schwind said. “Much of the credit goes to these kids. These are four children who have put in the most work in our entire program. It’s great to see kids like that who work day in and day out receive this recognition. They deserve it. »

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Five explorers named All-Ohio

The praise didn’t stop there for Hudson with midfielder Ian Ludewig and short midfielder Cam Reich joining Jenkins, Catania and Liedel as First-Team All-Ohioans.

Jenkins was the offensive catalyst with 88 goals and 42 assists.

Ludewig dotted the net with 28 goals and 10 assists and Catania registered 10 goals and four assists. He also recorded over 100 ground balls.

Reich was the heart and soul of a defense that allowed 9.9 goals per game and shut out St. Ignatius in the regional final for 13:32 in a 19-12 road win.

Hudson defenseman Brennan Catania earned All-America honors when USA Lacrosse announced their team.

Hudson wins Coach/Player of the Year honors

As if all those accolades weren’t enough, Liedel and Catania were named Ohio Position Players of the Year and Reich was honored as Co-Position Player of the Year.

The Explorers averaged 15.3 goals per game and five players scored 25 or more points in a season they went 15-7.

This made him an easy choice to name Schwind the Ohio North Coast Chapter of Ohio Lacrosse Coach of the Year.

“We’re graduating these four All-Americans, but the expectations won’t change,” Schwind said. “We are already looking at our 2023 calendar and it will be of the same caliber as in 2022.

“A lot of those kids who were All-Americans were four-year-old college players. They have been with me since my first day. Losing them is particularly difficult, but they set the tone for the future.

Hudson's Jack Jenkins (left) was one of four United States lacrosse All-Americans for the Explorers.

Division II honors go to Copley, Kent Roosevelt, Walsh Jesuit

Hudson wasn’t the only team to be recognized by all states, as three regional teams earned Division II honors.

Copley attack Zac Smargiasso was named third team All-Ohio.

Kent Roosevelt long stick middie Patrick Kirby and Walsh Jesuit attack Ryan Holcomb earned honorable mentions.

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