Navy Picked Second In Preseason Patriot League Lacrosse Poll; Time Change for 2016 Opener vs. Air Force
The Midshipmen claimed a share of the Patriot League regular-season crown last spring with a 6-2 conference record.
Chris Fennell was one of just two Patriot League players honored and the only one on the first team.
Chris Fennell is Navy's first "teamed" All-American since 2008 when Jordan DiNola was named to the second team.
Chris Fennell, Brady Dove, Matt Rees and John Connors earned All-Patriot League recognition.
The Midshipmen own a 57-33-3 series advantage, including a 28-15-1 mark in Annapolis.
Notable / Career Highlights
2013 Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-American
2013 Preseason All-Patriot League
2013 First-Team All-Patriot League
2012 Second-Team All-Patriot League
Navy's record holder for career caused turnovers (51), a stat introduced in 2009 ... with 26 caused turnovers in 2013, he was ranked No. 3 on the Mids' single-season list ... also ranked ninth (14, 2012) and tied for 13th (11, 2011) on the chart.
Tied for 15th on Navy's career ground balls list with 139 alongside Matt Pawlikowski (1990-93) ... needs two to tie 14th-place Nick Amatuccio who amassed 141 from 1985-88 ... meanwhile, he finished 2013 ranked ninth on the Mids' single-season chart with 69 grounders ... it's the most ground balls by a Navy player since 2008 when draw specialist Mikelis Visgauss grabbed 80.
Ranked 19th on the Mids' career faceoff wins list, winning 24 of the 54 draws he has taken the last two seasons.
Currently tied for ninth on the Div. I active long pole career scoring list with 12 points (9-3).
Kiernan in 2013 (Jr.): For the second straight year was the recipient of the Lt. Robert T. Bianchi Award which is presented to Navy's Most Valuable Player ... was also the recipient of the Coach Willis P. Bilderback Award, presented to Navy's Outstanding Defensive Player ... garnered First-Team All-Patriot League honors ... finished the season as Navy's leader in ground balls with 68 and was second in caused turnovers with 26 ... ranked No. 12 nationally in caused turnovers per game (2.00) and 32nd in ground balls per game (5.23) ... Navy's defensive unit finished the year ranked 32nd in the country, surrendering 10.23 goals per game ... also a member of the nation's second-ranked team in caused turnovers ... the Mids averaged 10.00 takeaways per game and had two individuals - Austin Miller (#7, 2.31) and Pat Kiernan (#12, 2.00) - ranked among the top 15 ... Navy's defense gave up one goal in the first half of its 20-7 win over VMI and three goals in the first three quarters in an 11-7 victory over Detroit ... earned Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors on 2-11 after shutting down VMI's top returning scorer Russell East in a 20-7 season-opening win ... recorded six ground balls and two caused turnovers in the lopsided victory ... earned Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors on 2-18 after pacing Navy with a career-high 11 ground balls against Detroit, while also scoring his first collegiate man-down goal ... it was his ninth collegiate goal and his first point of the season ... also registered a pair of caused turnovers ... held MF Mike Birney to an extra-man goal with 6:34 to go in the game after he led Detroit with three goals the week prior against Ohio State ... produced five ground balls and one caused turnover while winning four of the nine draws he took against 15th-ranked Fairfield ... part of a Navy defensive unit that kept Georgetown scoreless for 28 minutes (14:53 in 1st - 1:38 in 2nd) while building a 4-1 lead ... posted three caused turnovers and three ground balls against the Hoyas ... eclipsed the 100 ground ball mark thanks to a five-ground ball effort against Bucknell in the league opener ... also posted two takeaways ... named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week for a third time this season when he nearly doubled his season total of caused turnovers with a career-high seven in leading the Mids to their first Patriot League win of the season, an 8-7 victory over Lafayette. He also helped the Mids win 14 of the game's 26 faceoffs by picking up seven ground balls, many of which came from the wing on draws ... held Towson scoreless for the first 19:38 of the game before succumbing, 8-7 ... registered a career-high 12 ground balls against Towson and came to the rescue on faceoffs where he won 8 of 10 ... also caused a turnover ... produced 5 ground balls and caused three turnovers in Navy's loss to Holy Cross in the Metropolitan Lacrosse Classic ... forced two Colgate turnovers and picked up three grounders at the Face-Off Classic in Baltimore ... moved into Navy's career ground balls top 20 list with four grounders against No. 1-ranked Maryland.
2012 (So.): A force to be reckoned with on both ends of the field, Kiernan received Second-Team All-Patriot League recognition as one of the premier specialists in the conference ... was the recipient of the Lt. Robert T. Bianchi Award which is presented to Navy's Most Valuable Player ... also the recipient of the Lt. j.g. Donald MacLaughlin Award, presented to Navy's Outstanding Midfielder... despite missing two games early in the season, he finished the season second on the team with 14 caused turnovers and third with 36 grounders ... Navy boasted the nation's 14th-best scoring defense, surrendering 8.92 goals per game ... a member of the Mids' man-down unit that was ranked eighth nationally, stopping 75.0 percent (30 of 40) of its opponents' extra-man opportunities ... the team's sixth-leading scorer with 10 points on seven goals and three assists ... among defensemen, he was the nation's fourth-leading scorer trailing Bryant's Mason Poli (19-6=25), Loyola's Scott Ratliff (12-7=19) and Duke's CJ Costabile (7-4=11) ... one of 10 active long poles nationwide to produce 11 or more points over the course of their careers ... tied for eighth on the Div. I active long pole career scoring list with 11 points on eight goals and three assists ... he was the lone sophomore on the list ... part of a spectacular defensive effort in which Navy stymied No. 6 Johns Hopkins for the first 25-plus minutes (25:31) of the game and again for better than 31 minutes (31:45) between the second and fourth quarters to hold Hopkins to its fewest goals in a game since April 2, 1966, when Princeton dealt it a 7-1 loss ... additionally, the two goals marked the fewest in series history by the Blue Jays since May 9, 1925, when the Mids earned an 8-1 win in Annapolis ... led Navy with six ground balls in its win over Hopkins ... also caused two turnovers and won one of the two faceoffs he took ... picked up his first-collegiate Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honor following his performance against Johns Hopkins ... played one of his best all-around games in the loss to Army ... scored a goal and dealt out an assist ... picked up three ground balls and caused a turnover ... won four of the six draws he took ... won his first-collegiate draw in Navy's loss to 12th-ranked Maryland ... went 3-for-7 in the game ... caused a pair of turnovers in the Mids' loss to No. 7 Lehigh ... took his first-collegiate faceoffs in the game, going 0-for-2 ... dealt out his second-career assist to senior faceoff specialist Logan West in the Mids' 12-11 win over No. 12 Colgate ... part of a unit that held Colgate, the nation's No. 2 scoring offense, to under its scoring average ... 11 goals marked the fewest goals scored by Colgate since losing to Dartmouth, 9-6, on Feb. 25 ... the Mids also held the Raiders scoreless 18:15 between the first and second quarters, building a 5-1 lead, and for 12:15 in the fourth quarter ... scored a pair of transition goals and dealt out his first-collegiate assist in the Mids' 13-7 win over Holy Cross ... grabbed two ground balls in the contest ... played another complete game, grabbing four ground balls, causing two turnovers and scoring a remarkable over the shoulder goal in transition against Towson ... his goal tied the game up a 2-2 and sparked a 5-0 run by the Mids to give them the lead for good ... garnered Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors on March 12 after one of his best performances in a Navy uniform ... caused a career-best four Lafayette turnovers, picked up five ground balls and scored a career-high two goals ... returned to the field for the Mids' league opener against Bucknell, where he grabbed a career-high seven ground balls and caused a pair of Bison turnovers ... Navy's starting long pole, he missed the Jacksonville and North Carolina contests after breaking his hand on Feb. 11 ... turned in six ground balls and scored his second-collegiate goal in the Mids' opener against VMI.
2011 (Fr.): Member of Navy's man-down unit that has squelched 27 of its opponents' 40 attempts (.675) ... finished fourth on the team in ground balls (35) and tied for second in caused turnovers (11) ... recorded five ground balls playing the wings of faceoffs and created a pair of Hopkins turnovers ... played one of his best all-around games of the year in Navy's home contest against rival Army ... picked up five ground balls off the wings of faceoffs and caused a pair of turnovers ... scooped up four ground balls and caused one turnover in the game against Maryland ... scored his first-collegiate goal off an assist from close defenseman Peter Rogers in the Mids' 9-8 loss at Georgetown ... it was also his first-career shot ... grabbed three ground balls in Navy's one-goal loss to Colgate ... picked up three ground balls on the wings of faceoffs in Navy's win over Towson ... tracked down three ground balls and caused a turnover in Navy's 15-6 victory over Lafayette ... grabbed three grounders at Bucknell, while also causing a turnover ... caused a takeaway in Navy's 10-8 loss at No. 12 North Carolina ... along with goalkeeper RJ Wickham, led Navy in ground balls with 6 in the Mids' opener against VMI ... also turned in three takeaways in his first-collegiate appearance.
More on Kiernan: A 2009 graduate of Ridgewood High School, Kiernan attended the Naval Academy Prep School during the 2009-10 academic year ... a two-sport athlete who earned letters in lacrosse (3) and football (1) ... named a High School All-American his senior year ... Ridgewood's team MVP, he was also named the 2009 New Jersey Defenseman of the Year ... served as team captain of the lacrosse team his senior season ... led the lacrosse team to the 2008 country championship ... uncle, Doug Yates, played football at Delaware ... son of Peter and Stacy Kiernan ... majoring in Economics.