Kern in 2017 (Fr.): A starter in all 14 contests, closed out his rookie season with 125 saves which are the most by a Navy freshman goalkeeper since Mickey Jarboe amassed 179 in 1997 ... made 11 saves while allowing 11 goals against Holy Cross in his first Patriot League Tournament appearance ... earned USILA National Defensive Player of the Week honors, while also being named the Patriot League Goalkeeper and Rookie of the Week following his performance against Army ... only the fourth Navy freshman goalkeeper to start an Army-Navy game, Kern produced a career-high 17 saves that included 10 stops on 15 shots in the fourth quarter ... the 17 saves marked the best performance by a Navy goalkeeper in an Army-Navy game since Mickey Jarboe made 19 stops in the final game of his career in 2000 ... 17-save performance put him over the 100-save mark for the season ... member of the Mids’ defensive unit that held Army scoreless for the final 18:32 of the contest while the Mids went on a 7-0 run to upset the Black Knights … Navy also held Army without a goal for the first 22 minutes of the game … the six goals by Army tied as the fewest by the Black Knights this season ... Navy’s defense held Colgate scoreless for nearly 21 minutes between the second and third quarters ... contributed seven saves and three ground balls ... after giving up an extra-man goal two minutes into the game at Holy Cross, the Mids’ defense held the Crusaders scoreless for 33 minutes while Navy built an 8-1 lead ... also held them off the board for nearly 20 minutes between the third and fourth quarters ... the Mids held Holy Cross to just eight shots in the first half, including two in the opening quarter ... turned in six saves and surrendered three goals in 55 minutes of action ... part of Navy’s defensive unit that held Lehigh off the board for the first 17-and-a-half minutes to allow the Mids to jump out to a 3-0 lead, a lead it would not relinquish en route to a 14-9 win ... turned in five saves ... member of the Mids’ defense that held Dartmouth to a season-low tying six goals and scoring droughts of 18 (2/3Qtr) and 13 minutes (4Qtr) ... contributed 10 saves ... allowed six goals in just under 16 minutes of action at #17 Loyola, making just one save on 11 shots ... Navy’s defensive unit held Lafayette to just one shot in the fourth quarter and scoreless for the final 15:51 of the game ... produced 10 saves while giving up 9 goals at Lafayette ... turned in a 10-save performance against Penn, making four saves in the opening quarter and six in the second half ... part of a defensive effort that held Bucknell scoreless for better than 31 minutes (13:47 2Qtr - 12:34 4Qtr) and enabled the Mids to go on a 5-0 run to lead the Bison 10-4. Made 8 stops in goal, including saves on three of the Bison four shots in the third quarter ... part of a defense that held Boston U. scoreless for 16-plus minutes in the third and fourth quarters, enabling the Mids to go on a 6-0 run and grab a 7-5 lead against the Terriers ... made just 5 stops and gave up 8 goals in Navy’s Patriot League opener against Boston U. ... became the first Navy freshman to earn Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week honors following a spectacular performance at Delaware ... anchored a defensive effort by the Mids that held Delaware off the scoreboard for two stints of 14-plus minutes, including the first 14:44 ... Navy held the Blue Hens well below their scoring average (15.50, #3 nationally) with just five goals ... turned in a career-best 14 saves, including five of the Blue Hens’ first seven shots of the contest ... only the third freshman in program history to start the season-opener in goal ... gave up 15 goals and made 12 saves in his debut against Johns Hopkins.
More on Kern: A 2015 graduate of Salesianum School School in Wilmington, Del., Kern spent the 2015-16 academic year at the Naval Academy Prep School ... lettered four years in lacrosse, one year at Appoquinimink High School as a freshman and three years at Salesianum ... member of two Delaware Lacrosse State Championship winning teams (2013, ‘15) ... a four-time All-State (Del.) goalkeeper, who earned first-team honors as a sophomore, junior and senior ... named a U.S. Lacrosse All-American in 2014 and ‘15 ... recipient of the 2015 U.S. Lacrosse Sportsmanship Award ... took part in the U-19 USA Team tryout and was the team MVP ... member of the National Honor Society ... also considered Maryland and Fairfield ... earned a 3.35 grade-point average in his first semester at the Naval Academy ... son of the late Walter Kern and Pamela Kern.