By Keith McShea
Canisius High school graduate Jeff White was named the Most Outstanding Player of Sunday's NCAA Division II championship game has he had 13 saves to help Le Moyne to a 11-10 victory over Mercyhurst.
The Dolphins, ranked third in the nation, won their last 10 games of the season to claim the program's fourth national title, the last over top-ranked Mercyhurst University at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field.
White played every game for Le Moyne, with his 18-2 record matching the team's.
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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.
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Orchard Park native Jeff Tundo has been suspended indefinitely from the Ohio State men's lacrosse team.
After an inquiry, I received an email from the Ohio State sports information department stating that Tundo is "currently suspended indefinitely for a violation of the student code of conduct."
Tundo, a 5-foot-10, 190-pound sophomore attackman, is second on the team in scoring with 23 goals and 35 points. He started all 12 of the games he had played, scoring at least one goal in each contest.
The Buckeyes' season could end tonight. Fourth-seeded Ohio State (8-7) faces top-seeded and host Denver tonight in the semifinals of the ECAC Tournament. It will be the third straight game Tundo has missed. Tundo is still listed on the Ohio State roster on the team's Web site and in its media notes, which also include notes about his play this season.
At Orchard Park, Tundo was a two-time All-Western New York first teamer in both lacrosse and football. He was the inaugural winner of the Tom Borrelli Memorial Award, given to Western New York's top senior boys lacrosse player.
Hamburg and Orchard Park have played some intense lacrosse games over the years.
Two Western New Yorkers who were part of that rivalry in the middle of this decade will meet again Sunday when Maryland visits No. 7 Notre Dame at noon in the first round of the NCAA men's tournament. The game will be televised by ESPNU.
Anthony Costanzo is a senior defenseman who played in all 15 games this season for the Terps. The Hamburg graduate plays mostly in man-down situations and totaled three ground balls and four turnovers.
Matt Ciambella is a junior attackman for the Fighting Irish. The Orchard Park grad also played in every game this season, scoring four goals and adding two assists.
Second-ranked Syracuse plays Siena on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPNU. Sophomore defenseman Adam Vogl, a Timon/St. Jude graduate, appeared in four games this year for the Orange.
There will be four games played Saturday and four Sunday in the tournament's first round.
Also making television appearances in the coming days are a couple of local volleyball players.
Max Lipsitz, a junior outside hitter from Williamsville North, will play for Penn State in its tournament semifinal against USC at 9 p.m. Thursday on ESPN2. Lipsitz finished third on his team in kills.
John Klanac, an outside hitter from Orchard Park, will play with his Ohio State team in the second semifinal against UC-Irvine at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN and ESPNU. Klanac, a 6-foot-5 redshirt sophomore, finished third on the team in both kills and points per games. Also on the Buckeye roster is Dale Freier, a redshirt freshman outside hitter from Lancaster.
-- Fletcher Doyle