After spending his early years in Billerica, Tierney and his family moved to their current home in Methuen when Ryan was 7-years-old. That’s when his mother was pregnant with his triplet siblings (two sisters and a brother).
Tierney, applied to schools such as Central Catholic and Malden Catholic before settling on Arlington Catholic, where several of his travel team teammates ended up.
“It was a big decision and I spent a lot of time talking it out with my parents,” he said. “My parents were very supportive and I knew I wanted to go to Arlington Catholic. And I don’t regret the decision a bit.”
Tierney spent much of his freshman season playing on the JV team, earning just a single shift on the varsity team.
But the forward broke out last season. He finished with nine goals, good for fourth on the team, and 14 points, including his first career hat trick in a victory over Bishop Guertin.
“Everything really started for me last year,” he said. “Myself and my linemates (Ryan Spagnoli and Jason Smith) started as the second line, but we began to prove ourselves and started seeing more ice time.
“But this season we set our expectations even higher. I wanted to push myself and accomplish even more for my junior year.”
Tierney and the Cougars opened the 2013-14 season with a bang, going 7-0-1 in their first eight games, including a 4-2 victory over Central Catholic.
“That win against Central was probably the biggest win we have had all season,” he said. “They are in the Super 8 discussion every year and have made it almost every year. We knew they were a great team and to get a win against them was huge.”
Arlington Catholic added another big victory last Wednesday over Archbishop Williams, the 500th of Dan Shine’s career.