May 22, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Navy senior long stick midfielder and three-time All-Patriot League selection Pat Kiernan (Ridgewood, N.J.) was among the 96 student-athletes named to the 2014 USILA All-America teams announced on Thursday morning. An Honorable Mention All-America selection, Kiernan is the 273rd different Midshipmen to earn one of the more than 425 All-America certificates in Navy lacrosse history. Navy has had at least one player recognized on the All-America team in 91 of the 93 years the awards have been handed out.
"I am thrilled to see that Pat has been named to the All-American Team," said Rick Sowell, who wrapped up his third season at the helm of the Navy lacrosse program. "He's had quite a career, achieving numerous honors along the way. Pat is worthy of this selection and we are honored that he was chosen to represent the United States Naval Academy amongst many great players and programs."
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. He secured Second-Team All-Patriot League 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, who served as co-captain his senior year, 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.
Kiernan, who was drafted by the Chesapeake Bayhawks and is currently practicing with the team, will represent the Naval Academy in the 2014 North-South All-Star Game to be played on Monday at 10:00 am at M&T Bank Stadium.
2014 USILA All-Americans
Attack - Lyle Thompson (Albany), Miles Thompson (Albany), Jordan Wolf (Duke)
Midfield - Connor Buczek (Cornell), Mike Chanenchuk (Maryland), Deemer Class (Duke), Tom Schreiber (Princeton)
LP Midfield - Michael Ehrhardt (Maryland), John LoCascio (Villanova)
Faceoff - Kevin Massa (Bryant)
Defense - Joe Fletcher (Loyola), Goran Murray (Maryland), Steve O'Hara (Notre Dame)
Goalkeeper - Niko Amato (Maryland
Attack - Matt Kavanagh (Notre Dame), Kieran McArdle (St. John's), Kevin Rice (Syracuse), Justin Ward (Loyola)
Midfield - Myles Jones (Duke), Pat Laconi (Loyola), Jeremy Noble (Denver), Chad Tutton (North Carolina)
LP Midfield - Michael Pellegrino (Johns Hopkins)
Faceoff - Charlie Raffa (Maryland)
Defense - Scott McWilliams (Virginia), Brandon Mullins (Syracuse), Jack Reilly (Johns Hopkins)
Goalkeeper - Jack Runkel (Loyola)
Attack - Wesley Berg (Denver), Mark Cockerton (Virginia), John Glesener (Army), Joey Sankey (North Carolina)
Midfield - Ryan Creighton (North Carolina), Jesse King (Ohio State), Zack Losco (Penn), Ben McIntosh (Drexel)
LP Midfield - Luke Duprey (Duke)
Faceoff - Brendan Fowler (Duke), Tyler Knarr (Georgetown)
Defense - Chris Hipps (Duke), Maxx Meyer (Penn), Tanner Scales (Virginia)
Goalkeeper - Brian Feeney (Penn), Austin Kaut (Penn State), Gunnar Waldt (Bryant)
Attack - Jimmy Bitter (North Carolina), Ryan Brown (Johns Hopkins), Mike Crampton (Air Force), Josh Dionne (Duke), Dylan Donahue (Syracuse), Matt Donovan (Cornell), Devin Dwyer (Harvard), Matt Gregoire (UMBC), Richard Hurley (Siena), Ty Thompson (Albany), Daniel Lintner (Cornell), Sam Llinares (Hofstra), Dan Lomas (High Point), Colin McLinden (Fairfield), Tyler Melnyk (Marquette), Conrad Oberbeck (Yale), James Pannell (Virginia), Nikko Pontrello (Loyola), Wells Stanwick (Johns Hopkins), Shane Sturgis (Penn State), Dan Taylor (Lehigh), Nick Trizano (Drexel)
Midfield - Eric Adamson (Denver), Ryan Belka (Drexel), Holden Cattoni (Johns Hopkins), Colin Dunster (Bryant), Rob Emery (Virginia), Will Haus (Duke), Ryan Izzo (Massachusetts), Chris LaPierre (Virginia), Jack Near (Notre Dame), Erik Smith (Air Force), Christian Walsh (Duke), Billy Ward (Syracuse)
LP Midfield - Pat Kiernan (Navy), Bobby Schmitt (Bellarmine)
Faceoff - Nick Saputo (Drexel)
Defense - Christian Burgdorf (Denver), Robert Duvnjak (Harvard), Tom Freshour (Cornell), Matt Harris (Syracuse), Bobby Lawrence (Colgate), Henry Lobb (Duke), Joe Meurer (Ohio State), Austin Pifani (North Carolina), Jackson Place (Bucknell), Jordan Stevens (Cornell), Tripp Telesco (Lehigh)
Goalkeeper - Kieran Burke (North Carolina), Matt Poillon (Lehigh), Sam Somers (Army)
### Go Navy ###