By Keith McShea
Andrew Wagner, an Iroquois High grad and junior defenseman at Mercyhurst, was named a Divsion II All-American for the second straight season. The team was announced Monday by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association.
The 6-3 Wagner was the Lakers' top defenseman, recording 25 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers while defending the opposition's top attackman each week.
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 Franklin Field.
Wagner is one of many Western New York natives on the rosters of the teams participating in the 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 that Mercyhurst will face 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 national championship at 4 p.m. Sunday. Williamsville North grad Luke Wolfe is a senior longstick midfielder who had two ground balls and two caused turnvoers in the Tigers' overtime win over Cortland State in the semifinals.
In Division I, the lone team with Western New York representation is Syracuse. Midfielder Chris Kane, the Bishop Timon-St. Jude grad who waas the 2011 Borrelli Award winner as Western New York's top senior lacrosse player, is a redshirt sophomore for the Orange, as is attackman Kyle Henry, a Niagara-Wheatfield grad. Neither has seen much action this season; Henry has played in one game, Kane in none. Syracuse faces Denver at 5 p.m. Saturday in the national semfinals.
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