For the tenth time in his illustrious career, San Jose Stealth Captain Colin Doyle has been named to a National Lacrosse League All-Pro Team following a stellar 2009 campaign. Doyle was the league’s leading scorer with 111 points en route to his fourth First Team All-Pro nod.
Doyle was among the league leaders in points (111, 1st), assists (73, 2nd) and goals (38, T-6th) and led the Stealth in all three categories. His point total set a new franchise record, breaking the previous mark of 90, set by teammate Jeff Zywicki last season. He also broke the franchise record for assists in a season.
Doyle averaged nearly seven points per game as the leader of the NLL’s #3 ranked offense. He scored a season-high seven goals against the New York Titans on March 1. He recorded season-highs with ten assists and 13 points against the Minnesota Swarm on April 3, leadig the Stealth to victory in a must-win game to keep their playoff hopes alive. He averaged nearly eight points per game in San Jose’s final six games as they went 4-2 and clinched a berth in the West Division playoffs. In the playoffs, Doyle averaged five points per game despite seeing limited action in West Division Finals due to illness.
“It’s a great honor to be recognized by the league’s coaches and general managers especially in a year with so many viable candidates,” said Doyle, a 12-year veteran of the league. “Looking back it’s been a great year. We accomplished a lot for a team with so many young players, just look at the All-Rookie Team. And there’s a number of other rookies and second-year guys that contributed so much to our team.”
“It’s disheartening how things ended, but if this team is able to stay together, we will have a lot of success for a long time.”
Doyle’s career is one of the most decorated in the history of the game. He entered the league in 1998 with the Ontario Raiders and won the Rookie of the Year Award that season. He moved on to the Toronto Rock, and in nine seasons won five NLL Championships and was named the Champion’s Cup Most Valuable Player three times. The last time Doyle finished a season with over 100 points was 2005; he recorded 111 points and was named the league’s Most Valuable Player. He now has 965 points in his NLL career, third most all-time.