Kern Named USILA Defensive Player of the Week
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Just a handful of days after making his Army-Navy debut and guiding the Mids to a 10-6 win against their archrival, Navy freshman goalkeeper Ryan Kern (Middletown, Del.) has been named USILA/BSN Sports Div. I National Defensive Player of the Week. Drexel’s Reid Bowering, meanwhile, was named the offensive player of the week.
From between the pipes, Kern helped direct a Navy defensive unit that played one of its best games this season when it held Army to a pair of 18-plus minute scoreless droughts en route to the Mids’ Star Game victory over the Black Knights Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The Mids built a 2-0 lead after holding Army scoreless for the first 22 minutes of the contest. The defense clamped down in the second half, as well, keeping the Black Knights off the scoreboard for the final 18-and-a-half minutes while Navy went on a 7-0 run to close out the game.
Only the fourth Navy freshman goalkeeper to start an Army-Navy game, Kern played the best game of his career in leading a defense that held Army to a season-low (tying) six goals. The rookie produced a career-high 17 saves that included 10 stops on 15 shots in the fourth quarter. The 17-save performance put him over the 100-save mark for the season as he became one of only four freshman goalkeepers in program history to reach the century mark. His 114 saves this season are the most by a Navy freshman goalkeeper since Mickey Jarboe amassed 179 in 1997.
Earlier this week, Kern was selected as both the Patriot League Goalkeeper and Rookie of the Week.
### Go Navy ###