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Two @salesianumlax grads claim men’s college awards: Navy’s Kern (@THEDUKESLC), W&L’s Witherell (@NXTLacrosse)

Tuesday, 21st February 2017

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 2/21/17

Just three games into his career, Navy goalkeeper Ryan Kern (Salesianum School, Duke’s LC) is making quite a name for himself.

Ryan Kern

He became just the third Navy freshman to start a season-opener in goal and the first since Mickey Jarboe in 1997 when he made his debut on Feb. 7 against eighth-ranked Johns Hopkins. On Monday, he became Navy’s first freshman goalkeeper to earn Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week honors following a stellar performance in front of a hometown crowd Saturday at Delaware.

Just the sixth different Navy player to garner goalkeeper of the week honors since its inception in 2007, Kern anchored a defensive effort that held Delaware, the nation’s fifth-best scoring offense (15.50 g/gm), to a season-low five goals.

The Mids also kept the Blue Hens off the scoreboard for better than 14 minutes on two different occasions, including the first 14:44 of the contest when Navy jumped out to a 4-0 lead. Kern turned in a career-best 14 saves in the contest, including five of Delaware’s first seven shots of the game. He closed out the game making stops on 73.7 percent of the shots the Blue Hens put on goal.

AJ Witherell

W&L’s Witherell (Salesianum) is ODAC Player of week

The Old Dominion Athletic Conference has announced that sophomore attackman A.J. Witherell (Salesianum, NXT LC) has been tabbed the Men’s Lacrosse Player of the Week.

Witherell helped lead the W&L men’s lacrosse team to a 2-0 week with wins over Christopher Newport (14-6) and 10th-ranked Denison (15-11). In the victory over the Captains on Wednesday evening, Witherell totaled a career-best eight points on four goals and a career-high four assists. He also notched four ground balls and caused two turnovers. Against the Big Red, he helped lead a comeback that saw W&L record the final nine goals of the game after trailing 11-6 late in the third period. He finished with four goals and two assists, including three goals and two assists during the Generals’ decisive run.

The 2016 ODAC Rookie of the Year, Witherell is off to a blazing start in 2017 with 10 goals and six assists across the first three games of the season.

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