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"Ryan Wellner is in his third season at the Naval Academy where he works primarily with Navy's defense, as well as the Mids' faceoff unit"

Ryan Wellner is in his third season at the Naval Academy where he works primarily with Navy's defense, as well as the Mids' faceoff unit. Last spring, the Midshipmen finished No. 2 in the country in caused turnovers, averaging 10.00 per contest led by starting defenseman Austin Miller who was seventh nationally with 2.31 takeaways, while long stick midfielder Pat Kiernan stood 12th with 2.00 caused turnovers. Navy also improved in ground balls, jumping from 43rd in 2012 to 29th in 2013, which stepped from the play of the defense. Averaging 5.23 ground balls per game and ranked 32nd in the country, Kiernan was active both on offense as well as the wings of faceoffs. Kiernan concluded his junior season by garnering First-Team All-Patriot League laurels and was named the Lt. Robert T. Bianchi Award winner as the program's most valuable player. It's an award he has been presented in each of the last two seasons. In 2012, he guided Navy's man-down unit to a No. 8 nationally ranking, as the Mids allowed just 10 extra-man goal all season (.750). The previous two seasons the Mids had been ranked 29th and 36th. Meanwhile, the defense as a whole improved and was ranked 14th nationally after surrendering 8.92 goals per game. Senior RJ Wickham anchored the defensive efforts from the goal where he was ranked ninth nationally in saves per game (11.25) and 10th in save percentage (.570). Wellner joined the Navy staff in the summer of 2011 after a three-year stint alongside Sowell at Stony Brook where he primarily worked with the defense and the Seawolves' faceoff game. In his three seasons at Stony Brook, the Seawolves produced a 32-14 record (.696), including an impressive 15-1 mark in America East action. The Seawolves captured the America East regular-season title in 2010 behind a 13-4 record and punched their ticket to what was only the program's second NCAA Tournament appearance (2002) by way of defeating Albany, 11-7, in the America East Championship Game. After dropping a 14-8 decision to UMBC in what was the first America East contest of 2009, Stony Brook has won 15-consecutive regular-season America East contests.

 
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