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A pair of Suffolk Community College players will continue as teammates at the Division I level.
Both Dylan Feeney (pictured above) and Kenny Meinsen (pictured below) have committed to coach Richie Furman’s newly launched program at Furman University.
Feeney and Meinsen each enjoyed banner seasons in 2012 for head coach Brendan Chamberlain, who is in his fifth year at SCCC.
Feeney was a first-team All-Region XV selection. Meinsen was a first-team NJCAA All-American in addition to joining Feeney on the all-region team.
Both players were also high school standouts on Long Island. Feeney, a defenseman, attended Centereach High School. Meinsen, a midfielder, is a graduate of John Glenn High School.
Here’s a Q&A with both Dylan and Kenny on their commitments.
What were the main factors in your decision?
Feeney: I was familiar with Furman University prior to meeting with Coach Meade. However, afterwards, he seemed to answer any questions. Coach Meade had a lot to say about Furman and its excellent academic standing but I’d say it was the southern atmosphere and the beautiful campus for the first time was what really sold me.
Meinsen: It’s a great academic school, the coaches are very personable and want to win and that I think I would fit in very well with the university being so athletics friendly .
Feeney: Other schools that were in consideration were Stony Brook, Monmouth, Rutgers and Marquette
Meinsen: I was considering St Joseph’s and Hartford before making a decision on Furman.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
Feeney: I’d say my strengths as a player are body positioning and the ability to see the field whether it’s in the clearing game or holding it down on the defensive end. My style of play puts emphasis on the importance of executing defensive fundamentals.
Meinsen: I am a scorer, I like to dodge hard to the goal and put the ball in the net and also that I’m a team player, all I want to do is win so I would disregard any personal accomplishments in order to do so. My style of play would be a strong dodger both hands and I can be shifty on the crease. I also like to play defense and would consider myself a two-way player.
How important a factor is the fact you will both be attending the same college?
Feeney: Obviously having someone I’ve had experience playing with is an advantage. Even though we play on opposite sides of the field, our skills complement one another and I’m confident our chemistry will carry over to the next level.
Meinsen: It’s awesome being able to go to school with a friend. We know each other so it makes the transition from junior college much easier to being away at a four-year university.
How did playing at SCCC help you develop your skills both academically and athletically?
Feeney: I believe that starting off my collegiate career at Suffolk County Community College worked out in my favor. I was able to accomplish goals on and off the field here at Suffolk.
Being able to play in the NJCAA got my feet wet at the collegiate level and now I’ll be able to transfer my skills to the Division 1 level. While performing on the field, I was also able to maintain a 3.8 GPA in the Honors Program at Suffolk.
Meinsen: Playing at Suffolk County Community College helped me tremendously with gaining more confidence in my skills, like dodging and playing defense and having a chance to get used to the level of play that you need to be at the college level.
Academically, I developed strong habits of putting a lot of hours in the classroom and outside of the classroom to be a good college student. I do think that attending Suffolk was the best thing for me to develop as a player, a student and as a person.
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