Sarra Qadri is in her fifth month as the Hudson girls lacrosse coach and she couldn’t be happier in the role at her alma mater.

Qadri, a 2011 Hudson graduate, didn’t expect to be in charge of the Explorers, but the job became available in December and she was hired aboard in January.

In less than half a year, Qadri has guided Hudson to a Division I state semifinal appearance while also maintaining her studies in a masters dental program at Case Western Reserve University.

Hudson (14-2) will meet New Albany (20-1) at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Wooster High School. The other half of the bracket features Cincinnati Sycamore against Upper Arlington at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Oakwood High School. The Division I state final is set for 4 p.m. Saturday at Ohio Wesleyan University.

“These girls play with an incredible amount of heart and determination,” said Qadri, who has reached the state semifinals twice as a player, once as an assistant coach and now once as a head coach.

“I played in high school and I played in college, and I have never seen a group of girls from so many different backgrounds and so many different experiences come together and play as an unstoppable force. I have 11 upperclassmen and 11 underclassmen, and my underclassmen have actually stepped up and taken over the reins with the guidance of my upperclassmen and, honestly, you wouldn’t be able to tell who is who on the field.”

Qadri, who has a bachelor’s degree in biology and Spanish from Queens University of Charlotte (N.C.), said fellow CWRU student Kyra Maludy has been helpful as an assistant coach.

Hudson’s postseason run includes wins over Solon (27-1), Cleveland St. Joseph Academy (18-5), Cleveland Heights (18-6) and Jackson (12-10).

The Explorers topped the Polar Bears in a regional final last week with sophomore Maggie Palumbo scoring four goals and senior Piper Trattner scoring three goals. Sophomore Sarah Hinkle (two goals), junior Tyler Vidmar (two goals) and sophomore Paige Palumbo (one goal) also scored.

Maggie Palumbo had five goals during the win at home over Cleveland Heights in a regional semifinal last week. Senior Elizabeth Hinkle (three goals), Trattner (three goals), Paige Palumbo (three goals), junior Kendall Paltani (one goal), junior Mary Castrigano (one goal), sophomore Emily Dunne (one goal) and Sarah Hinkle (one goal) also scored.

Senior Kristin Potts is Hudson’s goalie, and the Explorers’ top four defenders are sophomores Mia Becker and Cameron Rohwedder and seniors Avery Neher and Leah Graf.

Boys lacrosse update

Hudson’s boys lacrosse team finished its season with a 13-6 record after beating visiting Jackson 9-8 in a Division I regional semifinal last week and then falling to Cleveland St. Ignatius 12-11 in a regional final.

Joe Graf led Hudson with four goals in the win over Jackson and Matt Withem made eight saves. Merrick Widdoes (two goals), Brady Ludewig (one goal), Adam Dunne (one goal) and Blake Lori (one goal) also scored for Hudson coach David Blue.

The Explorers’ scorers against Ignatius were Ludewig (four goals), Mason Prisk (four goals), Widdoes (two goals) and Graf (one goal).

Michael Beaven can be reached at 330-996-3829 or mbeaven@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the #ABJVarsity high school blog at www.ohio.com/preps. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MBeavenABJ.