Kellen Pulera says he had "no clue" he was approaching a St. Joe’s career scoring record before Monday’s lacrosse game against St. Francis.
"Only his father and I knew. We didn’t say anything because we didn’t want to put any extra pressure on him," said St. Joe’s coach Peter Hudecki after Pulera scored six goals and assisted on three others in the Marauders’ 19-6 victory over the visiting Red Raiders.
Pulera finished the game with 222 career points (155 goals and 67 assists), to the standard of 221 (136 goals, 85 assists) by Christian Turatolo (Class of 2012). Pulera, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound attack, has signed to play at Marist College.
Hudecki said he wasn’t expecting any records to be broken against rival St. Francis, but there seems to be no slowing the Marauders’ these days. St. Joe’s is 7-0 overall and 2-0 in Monsignor Martin).
"We’re playing really well right now," Hudecki said. "We’re coming off two really big wins over Brighton and Irondequoit. It’s a really challenging schedule but we have senior-heavy team, guys who have been playing together since they were freshman."
The rugged schedule continues today when St. Joe’s is host to Christian Brothers Academy of Syracuse in a 4 p.m. game. Each is ranked among the top 10 in New York State. CBA is ranked sixth in the state among Class C teams and 70th in the nation. St. Joe’s is ranked ninth in the state and 99th in the nation.
Besides Pulera, Evan Mulderig had five goals and Patrick Hunter had two goals and t wo assists in Monday’s victory. Austin Holley won 18 of 19 faceoffs and collected 13 ground balls. Mulderig reached the 100-point career mark.
MSM tops Sharks
Mount St. Mary and Sacred Heart picked up where they left off last spring in their girls lacrosse rivalry in the Monsignor Martin Association. Only, this time the Mount won.
Emma Telesco scored four goals, Lois Garlow was involved in nine of the scoring plays with three goals and six assists and Lauren Mucica had three goals in the Thunder’s 12-8 victory over Sacred Heart at Thomas Edison School.
The win left Mount St. Mary at 4-0 in Monsignor Martin play after they went 10-0 last season, including a sweep of Sacred Heart. However, the Sharks captured the league playoff title with a 4-3 win over the Thunder in the championship game at Canisius College.
Sacred Heart is 2-2 with the other loss to Buffalo Seminary. Mount St. Mary will play the Sem on Wednesday at Larkin Field.
Clarence won its seventh without a loss in girls lacrosse, defeating Iroquois, 14-7. Emma Faso scored four times and had four assists for the Red Devils.
Jessica Peters scored three times and Carlin Jones had 11 saves as Orchard Park edged West Seneca East, 9-8.