The Rochester Knighthawks announced today that forward Holden Cattoni has been named the Offensive Player of the Year, presented by Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino, for the team’s inaugural season.
“Holden is a very talented lacrosse player,” said Knighthawks General Manager and Vice President of Lacrosse Operations Dan Carey. “He showed his ability to score goals and make plays for us this year. If he continues to put the work in this offseason, the sky is the limit for him.”
Acquired by Rochester in the second round (third overall) of the 2019 NLL Expansion Draft from the Georgia Swarm, Cattoni established himself as one of the NLL’s elite point-getters this past season, finishing sixth in the league in scoring while pacing the Knighthawks in goals (24), assists (38) and points (62). The fourth-year pro also ranked ninth among NLL leaders in goals and assists and tied for fifth with a team-high 12 power-play assists, eight of which came over his last seven games of the season.
A native of Calgary, Alberta, Cattoni averaged nearly five points per game through 12 games this season, and was one of only two Knighthawks to record at least one point in every contest he appeared in. He reached the 50-point mark for the third straight year, and up until the NLL’s stoppage of play on March 12, was on pace to shatter his career-high 80-point campaign which he set during the 2018-19 campaign as a member of the Georgia Swarm.
Cattoni’s best performance of the season came back on Jan. 11 when he scored five of Rochester’s 12 goals in a 13-12 loss to the Toronto Rock at Scotiabank Arena, replicating a feat he’s accomplished just four other times throughout his professional career. The 5-foot-11, 216-pound forward followed that up with a season-high 10-point effort with three goals and seven assists in the 16-15 loss at Buffalo to close out the month of January.
The Knighthawks will continue to unveil their inaugural season’s year-end award winners on Tuesday, June 9 with the Defensive Player of the Year, presented by Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino.