February Player Spotlight: Sean Doyle
Preface Note: After several outstanding seasons as a attack player for the RC Starz/Del Mar/ WCS and Torrey Pines High School, Sean Doyle has become one of the most talented High School attackmen in Southern California. Sean has recently verbally committed to play lacrosse at NCAA Division I Cornell Unviersity, and is our February player spotlight.
How did you first become involved with lacrosse, and who got you into it?
The first lacrosse game I saw was at Torrey Pines when I went to watch Cito and Kenny Williams play in high school. I instantly fell in love with lacrosse and begged my Mom to sign me up for CYL. I first did an instructional camp and then started with CYL in 5th grade.
You recently won an elite So Cal Cup with the Del Mar Bears, tell us a bit about that experience…
Winning the Starz Cup at Del Norte High School was a great experience for our team. We were missing a few kids and had to bring some players up from the other Bears Elite team; and, those boys played their hearts out and gave us what we needed to succeed. Also, the leadership of our veteran players played a key role in the outcome. We were down 5 to 2 at halftime in the Championship game, and were able to keep our heads and come out with a win. I couldn’t have been happier with the result. It was a true team effort.
You recently committed to play lacrosse for Ivy-League powerhouse Cornell University. What role did Starz play in the recruiting process for you?
The Starz organization played a HUGE role in getting me noticed by the lacrosse world. I played for both RC and Del Mar Bears, attended clinics, and participated in many Starz tournaments. In addition I was fortunate to be a part of West Coast Starz and was able to compete on the east coast, which offers a high level of lacrosse play. Each of the camps and showcases Starz offered were opportunities for me to show the coaches and other players what I can do with a lacrosse stick in my hands. Without the consistency and support from the Starz family, I don’t think I would have been as successful nor had the exposure in lacrosse. The coaching and guidance on and off the field will never be forgotten.
Which coach has been the most influential in your playing career?
The coach that has been most influential in my career is Jono Zissi. Zissi has been my coach in some capacity for 6 consecutive years, and helped me accelerate my game, particularly in the middle school years. He was also instrumental in guiding me through the recruitment process for which I am so thankful. Recently
, Zissi was hired as Head Coach of my high school team, so I have the next two years to learn and develop as much as I can with him at the helm. Not only has he been a great factor in my lacrosse career, but he has helped me compose myself on and off the field.
Do you have any goals for this upcoming season and at Cornell?
My goal for the upcoming season is to win a CIF championship. I have two more opportunities at Torrey Pines, and I believe if we work hard enough we can achieve that goal. As for being a freshman at Cornell, it is still two years away so I’m trying not to get too antsy. I want to focus on preparing myself as a student and an athlete so I can immediately contribute to the Cornell Family.
If you could improve one aspect of lacrosse on the west coast, what would it be and why?
If I could improve one aspect of lacrosse on the west coast it would be to add more NCAA Division 1 and Division 3 college lacrosse teams. I would love to attend a collegiate level lacrosse game instead of watching it on TV for a change!
What pro athlete would make the best lacrosse player and why?
I would have to say Chad Ochocinco because of his athleticism and outstanding hand-eye coordination. Plus lacrosse needs a big time personality like Ocho.
What do you think will be the biggest adjustment for you jumping to the east coast?
In all honesty, I would have to say the lack of authentic Mexican food would be my biggest adjustment to the east coast. I’m most definitely going to have serious Roberto’s and California Burrito withdrawals!
If you could sit down to dinner with three historical figures/celebrities/pro athletes who would it be and why?
I would sit down with Chris Farley, Kobe Bryant, and Marcus Luttrell. Farley because he was the funniest guy in the world; Bryant because he is an extremely focused athlete who only gets better at his game; and, Luttrell because I have a HUGE respect for Navy SEALS, and am in awe of the heroism he displayed to benefit our country.
Lastly, pose your own question and answer it….
Outside of lacrosse what is your favorite mode of exercise to stay in shape?
I would have to say “shake-weighting” because it increases my shot speed. If you need some tips on shake-weighting visit my workout video called “Shakeweight Adventures” on youtube.com.