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SUFFOLK PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Smithtown West, attack, Sr.
For Ryan Keenan of Smithtown West, his senior year was all about better finishes — for himself and his team. “I worked on finishing, which helped the best part of my game, which is feeding,” the Penn State-bound attack said.
He was successful, individually, with 46 goals and 55 assists, but his team’s finish was disappointing, as the Bulls were upset by West Islip in the county semifinals. A day later, Ryan watched his brother Kyle play for Duke in the Final Four in Baltimore on Memorial Day weekend.
“It was a roller coaster. All of a sudden I went from the worst feeling I ever had when we lost in the county semifinals when we were the favorites. Then I see my brother, Kyle, and his team, win the national championship,” Ryan said. “He’s my best friend and of course I was happy for him. That did help lift my spirits.”
Keenan would love to face his brother in the NCAA Tournament next spring. “I’m pretty psyched to get to Penn State and hopefully do what Kyle did,” Ryan said. (Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)