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Justin Tiernan; Adjusting Nicely in Lehigh Valley

Justin Tiernan was a goat in 2019. Part of a slim, but mighty John Glenn group, Tiernan had himself a standout High School career. When going through his recruiting process, selecting a school with respected academics and athletics was a must. For Tiernan, Lehigh checked all the boxes. The LILJ recently checked in with Justin to see how he’s doing, learn more about this studlete below.

Q; How has the adjustment been to college?

The adjustment from high school to college was definitely tough at first. The longer practices and team lifts took a toll on my body at first, but after a few weeks I was able to overcome the challenge and get used to playing at the next level.

Q; What’s the biggest difference between the high school game and the college game in your eyes?

The biggest difference between the high school game and the college game is the speed in which the game is played. The ball moves so much faster and the overall speed of the game was the biggest difference.

Q: Who was the toughest defender you went up against in High School?

The toughest defender I went against in high school was Gerald Filardi from Hills West.

Q: Why Lehigh ?

I chose Lehigh because of the combination of excellence in both academics and athletics that the school offers. Also, a huge part of why I chose Lehigh was because of the coaching staff. They showed me how Lehigh Lacrosse is a family and the relationship I built with the coaches was huge in my decision.

Q: What other schools were you looking at?

I was looking at Michigan, Providence, Binghamton, and Boston University.

Q; What is the goal in your freshman season at Lehigh? 

My goal in my freshman year at Lehigh is to do everything I can to help the team win a Patriot league championship and compete and win a National Championship.

Q: Where do you see yourself after college and does lacrosse play a role?

After college, I hope to be successful in the business world in finance, I would love for lacrosse to be apart of my life in either the PLL, MLL or NLL as well.


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