By William Bowman • Photo by Marc Hagemeir
At this point in his life, 21-year-old Kyle Feeney '13 understands the window for his being involved in competitive sports is closing. But it's not shut yet for this senior lacrosse goalie.
A civil engineering major, Feeney will graduate in May following a stellar four-year career in goal for the Bison. Before he puts that engineering degree to good use, he is going to take advantage of a rare opportunity to get paid to play sports. Selected in the eighth round of the Major League Lacrosse draft in January by the Charlotte Hounds, Feeney will play lacrosse over the summer as the league concludes its season.
"It's a great honor," the understated Feeney says, "I know there are opportunities for me out there in the real world, but I'm going to give this a shot. You can't make a living playing lacrosse, but I never thought I would even get a chance like this."
Feeney was one of just two goalies picked in the draft, and he certainly has the credentials to be a pro. A two-time All-Patriot selection, he was second in the country as a freshman in goals against average. He also is a member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
Feeney's role has changed in his four years at Bucknell. As a sophomore, he was part of a veteran Bison team that lost in overtime in the NCAA tournament to eventual national champion Virginia. "It's a game that still drives us as a program," Feeney says. Today, he is a senior captain with his sights set on returning to the NCAA tournament, and it is his job to lead coach Frank Fedorjaka's defense, one of the nation's best. "Not a day goes by where we don't think about it. We realize how close we are as a program.
"When I was a freshman I wasn't allowed to worry about anything — the older guys handled it," Feeney says. "Now I am the old guy, so I have to worry about everything. It's my responsibility. It's one I am ready for, and I'm looking forward to it."