Ryan Tierney – Hofstra
If there’s one player that you could say has really taken advantage of the extra year of eligibility and shot up draft boards this season, it’s been Ryan Tierney. The son of Hofstra head coach Seth Tierney has been putting up highlight reel goals all season long, scoring 38 goals in 10 games, and having a pair of eight goal games this year (yes, you read that right, EIGHT goals). His talent hasn’t been doubted during his tenure with the Pride having been named all CAA in every season and a Tewaaraton Watch list member in each of the last three seasons. The lefty has shown that he can create high quality chances on the run and brings a pro ready dodging and shooting skillset to the PLL.
Casey Powell’s Take: I used to see him when he was a little boy and would run around with the Long Island Lizards, shooting in between timeouts. I knew he was going to be good, but not THIS good. He is electric and can flat out finish. I don’t know if anyone’s draft status went up higher in a year than Tierney’s did this year. He’s good in the locker room and a leader on the field. He will instantly make any team better.