Andrew Wagner, an Iroquois High School graduate and junior defenseman at Mercyhurst, was named a Division II All-American for the second straight season, while Jeff Tundo, an Orchard Park grad and senior midfielder for Stony Brook, earned Division I Honorable Mention All-American honors for the first time. The teams were announced by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association.
The 5-foot-11 Tundo finished his Stony Brook career with 108 points in just 32 games after two seasons at Ohio State. The 2009 Borrelli Award Winner as Western New York’s top senior lacrosse player recorded six hat tricks during a senior season in which he finished with 36 goals and 27 assists for 63 points. Tundo now plays professionally for the New York Lizards of the Major Lacrosse League.
The 6-3 Wagner was the Lakers’ top defenseman, recording 25 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers while defending the opposition’s top attackman.
Last season, Wagner received the William C. Schmeisser Award as Division II’s Most Outstanding Defender.
Wagner and Mercyhurst will play in Sunday’s Division II championship game against Le Moyne at 1 p.m. at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field.
Wagner is one of many Western New York natives on the rosters of teams participating in national championship games this weekend in Philadelphia.
Wagner has seven Laker teammates who are local standouts: Trevor Vargo (sophomore midfielder from Orchard Park), Patrick Maloney (junior defenseman from Bishop Timon-St. Jude), Luke Mann (junior midfielder from Bishop Timon-St. Jude), Marco Maronski (freshman defenseman from Frontier), Cory Becker (freshman midfielder from Niagara-Wheatfield), Cullen Mangino (redshirt freshman defenseman from Orchard Park) and Phil Brind’Amour (freshman attackman from Iroquois).
The Le Moyne team features senior goalie Jeff White, a Canisius grad who recorded nine saves in earning his 17th win of the season in the national semifinals. Also playing for Le Moyne are freshman attackman Pat Nowak of Hamburg and junior midfielder Brian Lawson of Amherst.
In Division III, RIT will meet Stevenson for the title at 4 p.m. Sunday.
Williamsville North graduate Luke Wolfe is a senior longstick midfielder who had two ground balls and two caused turnovers in the Tigers’ win in OT over Cortland State in the semis.
In Division I, the lone team with Western New York representation is Syracuse. Midfielder Chris Kane, the Bishop Timon-St. Jude grad and 2011 Borrelli Award winner, is a redshirt sophomore for the Orange, as is attackman Kyle Henry, a Niagara-Wheatfield grad. Neither has seen much action this season. Syracuse faces Denver at 5 p.m. Saturday in the national semifinals.