Kiernan to Play in North-South Lacrosse Game
May 20, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Senior long stick midfielder Pat Kiernan (Ridgewood, N.J.) will represent the Naval Academy when he takes part in the 2014 U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association North-South All-Star Game to be played next Monday, May 26, at M&T Bank Stadium prior to the Div. I Men's Lacrosse National Championship Game. The North-South All-Star Game is slated for 10:00 am, followed by the National Championship at 1:00 pm featuring the winners of the Duke vs. Denver and Maryland vs. Notre Dame contests.
Kiernan, who was a three-time recipient of the Lt. Robert T. Bianchi Award presented to Navy's most valuable player, closed out his career this spring as one of the Mids' most decorated defensemen in recent history. A three-time All-Patriot League selection, Kiernan secured second-team recognition this spring after anchoring a team that was ranked 20th nationally in scoring defense (9.36) and 22nd in man-down defense (66.7).
Navy's defense played its best when facing the nation's top teams. The Mids held Johns Hopkins to its lowest scoring output of the season (6) and marked just the second time this spring that the Blue Jays were held to single digits. Meanwhile, Navy held Loyola, who was ranked fifth nationally scoring 13.70 goals per game, to just seven goals, its second-lowest goal total of the season.
Individually, Kiernan will graduate as the program's record holder in career caused turnovers with 74, nearly 30 more than Austin Miller (`13) who stands second with 45. Kiernan turned in a team-high 23 takeaways this season which are the fourth most in program history, while posting 26 in 2013 (third), 14 in 2012 (tied for 11th) and 11 in 2011 (tied for 17th). He was 21st nationally, averaging 1.64 caused turnovers per game this spring.
Additionally, he finished fourth on the Mids' career ground balls list with 187. Several of those ground balls led to a solid transition game by the Midshipmen, one that saw Kiernan produce 17 points on 13 goals and four assists. The 17 points are the most scored by a defenseman in school history, while the 13 goals are also more than any other defensive player in Navy's 100-plus year history. The 17 points are tied as the fifth most among active Div. I players.
One of the most versatile players on the roster, Kiernan was also called upon to face off. He was 24 for 55 over his four-year career and stands 20th on Navy's career wins list.
Traditionally the North-South All-Star Game falls on the same weekend/day as commencement ceremonies at the Naval Academy, limiting the number of appearances by Navy players in recent years. Kiernan, therefore, is the first Mid to take part in the game since 2007 when Ian Dingman, Colin Finnegan and Billy Looney were selected to play in the North-South All-Star Game.
### Go Navy ###