ROOKIE REWIND WITH SEAN YOUNGJul 14, 2017
(July 14, 2017)... Oakville, Ontario native Sean Young had quite the freshman season in the National Lacrosse League in 2017. After starting the season in Duluth, Ga., the 25-year-old moved up north to play in Rochester.
Joining the Knighthawks midway through the year not only brought the rookie closer to home, but solidified his role as an everyday defenseman.
Young was a welcomed addition to the Knighthawks’ defense and was an immediate impact player. Just two days after agreeing to a one-year deal, the Syracuse University product made his Knighthawks debut in an 11-10 win over rival Buffalo.
With the Knighthawks, he played in six games to finish his first season in the NLL with 13 games played. In this installment of the Rookie Rewind, Young traces his path to the NLL from SU and recaps his first season of professional lacrosse.
You completed your collegiate career at Syracuse University. How much did you enjoy playing for one of the top college teams in the country?
I could not have enjoyed a better college experience than I did at Syracuse. Playing for Syracuse was a dream come true. I enjoyed every minute that I got to play with my teammates. The coaches and training staff do an awesome job of creating a family environment that makes you feel like a part of something special.
You broke into the NLL this season with Georgia. How excited were you to make your NLL debut on Jan. 7?
I was beyond excited. At the time, it was almost a year since I played a real lacrosse game. I was anxious to make my debut and prove to my teammates and the league that I belonged.
You played in seven games with the Georgia Swarm before coming over to Rochester. How happy were you to get signed by the Knighthawks?
I was overwhelmed to get the call from (Owner) Curt Styres and get an opportunity to play for Rochester. The upstate area always provides an awesome environment to play lacrosse and I couldn’t wait to be a part of it. Also, I was looking forward to reuniting with former high school and travel teammates.
Having played in Rochester’s final six games, how much confidence did that give you heading into the 2018 season?
The coaching staff and my teammates did a great job of catching me up to speed with Rochester’s defensive philosophy. My confidence grew each game as I learned our defense. Now that I know the defense, I can react faster and hopefully make bigger plays for the team. I am extremely confident going into the 2018 season.
What have you liked the most about being a Knighthawk?
I have liked the veteran leadership the most since being a Knighthawk. There are so many talented defensemen on this team that have been in the league for numerous years. Being able to pick their brains and watch them in practice has really helped me improve.
What was the biggest adjustment you had to make as a rookie?
The biggest adjustment I had to make as a rookie was joining a new team halfway through the season. The NLL has limited practices, and therefore it was difficult the first couple of games to understand our defense and my teammates’ tendencies.
What are you working on this summer to prepare for your sophomore season?
I am working on my stick skills to prepare for my sophomore season. I still have bad habits from field lacrosse that I need to break to be successful in box.