Kiernan in 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 ... 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.