Mater Dei goalkeeper Sean Homsy is the Workhorse of the Week, sponsored by Athlete’s Choice. The senior works tirelessly with head coach Johnny Rodriguez before and after practices and games, and even during halftime.
Homsy is a relative late-comer to lacrosse. He previously played basketball at Mater Dei but was recruited by the Monarchs’ coaching staff and some of the players to give lax a shot, and thus his lacrosse career began only early last season.
“He started playing the sport of lacrosse, picked up a stick for the first time in January of 2016,” Rodriguez said. “So that’s 15 months ago. He’s just taken it upon himself. I think he’s got mentally what it takes to be a great goalie. As a goalie, you can show emotion but when the ball is coming at you, you got to be smooth. You got to be a flat liner and that’s one thing he does really well. He calms himself down, he’s very poised.”
Rodriguez, a goalie himself who has experience in Major League Lacrosse, knows the ins and outs of what it takes to be a great goalie, and Homsy’s poise helps him make key saves in crucial moments during games.
“He’s able to make big saves in clutch moments because nothing really affects the kid,” Rodriguez said. “He’s able to take the ball down. He’s certainly an athlete. All around, he’s great to have on the team, a great surprise for us last year, coming in from not playing.”
No. 9 Mater Dei (3-3, 11-6) is currently fighting for higher seeding for postseason lacrosse and will be holding senior night Thursday against Huntington Beach, where Homsy along with some of his fellow teammates will be honored prior to the game.
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