Western New York high schools, especially Orchard Park, will be well-represented in this weekend's NCAA lacrosse tournaments.
In Division I, OP product Gene Tundo Jr., a sophomore attackman, and Amherst's Andy Kerr, a senior defenseman, lead Massachusetts (13-2) into its quarterfinal match this afternoon against Maryland (11-3) at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse (12:30, Empire).
Tundo has 14 goals, 26 points and 23 ground balls. Kerr, a converted goaltender, has a goal and six ground balls.
Defending national champion Syracuse (9-5) faces Princeton (11-3) in today's second game at the Carrier Dome (3:30 p.m., Empire).
On Sunday, Towson (9-5) hosts top-ranked Johns Hopkins (12-1). The Tigers are led by Colonial Athletic Association first-team senior midfielder Brad Monaco of Orchard Park and junior middie Brian Myers, also from OP. Monaco has 13 goals, 34 points and 23 ground balls; Myers has 13 goals, 14 points and 12 ground balls.
Both of today's Division II semifinals feature local players. Le Moyne (14-0) hosts New York Tech (12-0) and Mercyhurst (11-2) is at defending national champion Limestone (12-2).
Le Moyne is led by junior defenseman Justin Wnuk of Orchard Park, a first-team Northeast-10 Conference pick, and sophomore middie Bob Tulowiecki, also from OP. Wnuk has 13 ground balls and Tulowiecki has 14 goals, 17 points, a team-high 56 ground balls and has won 83 of 115 faceoffs.
Sophomore defenseman Adam Marino (Hamburg) and junior middie Brian Bartlett (OP) play for Merychurst; junior defenseman Nick Kobakof (Williamsville South) at Limestone.
Senior middie Derek Elvin (OP), recently named a first-teamer in the State University of New York Athletic Conference, will lead Cortland State (17-2) against visiting Middlebury in a Division III semifinal Sunday. Elvin, who had two assists in the 8-7 quarterfinal victory over Hamilton, has 19 goals, 39 points and 18 ground balls. Sophomore middie Brad Ertl (Iroquois) has 12 ground balls for the Red Dragons.
Sophomore attack Brian Weil (Amherst) of Ithaca College was named second-team All-Empire 8 pick. He led the Bombers in scoring for the second year in a row with 43 points on 16 goals and a team-leading 27 assists.
Local refs work worlds
Ransomville's Joe Jastrzemski and Eden's Tom Sutton, both National Lacrosse League officials during the winter months, have been chosen to work the World Indoor Games, currently being played in southern Ontario.
Jastrzemski and Sutton, along with Mike Ventura of Baltimore, were chosen as the three representatives from the United States.
Buffalo Bandits coach Darris Kilgour is head coach of the Iroquois squad, which includes Bandits Rich Kilgour and Duane Jacobs. Bandits forward John Tavares and defenseman Andy Ogilvie play for Canada.