We’ve been talking about Duke’s dominance in landing commitments from Long Island rising juniors.

No where is that trend any more evident than in Mineola.

That’s where Chaminade High School is located.

And three Flyer juniors will become Blue Devils.

One of them is midfielder Tommy Zenker.

Here’s a Q&A with Tommy on his commitment:

recruiting_updateWhat were the main factors in your decision to attend Duke?
The main factors in my decision to attend Duke had to be the beautiful campus, outstanding academics and the great facilities. The coaching staff at Duke is amazing and they gave me a great feel for what Duke lacrosse is all about. I knew once I visited Duke that it would be hard for another school to impress me like Duke did.

What other schools were you considering and what other schools did you visit?
Yale, Notre Dame, Princeton, and Villanova. I visited Yale, Princeton and Villanova.

What adjustments do you think you will need to make to play at the next level?
I definitely feel like I need to get faster in order to play at the next level. My shot on the run also needs to get better.

What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My strengths as a player have to be my size and athleticism. I can use those two attributes combined to get shots off that I shouldn’t even be able to shoot and create separation from my defender.

How big a factor is the fact that two of your classmates at Chaminade committed to Duke?
Having two other classmates already commit to Duke was a big factor in my decision. I’m glad to know that I’ll be spending four more years with two very good friends. Already knowing two kids that I will be going to college with makes the process much less frightening.

One of the commits, Brian Dunne, is my first cousin who I have known ever since I was born. He is a very talented do-it-all defender. And the other, Danny Fowler, is a lights-out goalie who can really make a difference in a big game. Also heading to Duke is a teammate of mine on the Long Island Express, (Garden City’s) Justin Guterding, who I played with for the first time this summer. It was a pleasure playing with such an outstanding attackman.

When did you first realize you had the potential to play at the college level?
During my sophomore lacrosse season when I had my breakout season.

Duke Class of 2013 commits from Long Island

Jack Bruckner, Ward Melville
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Brian Dunne, Chaminade
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Danny Fowler, Chaminade
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Justin Guterding, Garden City
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Tommy Zenker, Chaminade
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