On Saturday night against the Panther City Lacrosse Club, Rochester Knighthawks forward Holden Cattoni had himself a night. The third-year Knighthawk produced his best outing of the 2022-23 campaign so far by posting four goals and three assists.
In the 17-9 win, the Knighthawks were without leading point-getter Connor Fields, and they still managed to post a franchise record 17 goals. Cattoni attributes that record-setting win to the offense just flowing and finally coming together.
“I think when we’re playing really well, we do it by committee and when we stick to our game plan and we kind of have a flow on the offense,” commented Cattoni when asked where the offense was really buzzing on Saturday. “It’s, obviously, a huge loss on losing ‘Fieldsy’ (Connor Fields) Saturday and not having him here, but I’m glad that we could pick up the slack.”
Cattoni re-signed a one-year contract with the Knighthawks heading into the 2022-23 NLL season on Nov. 8, 2022. As Cattoni entered his sixth season in the NLL, and third with the expansion-era Knighthawks, he came into the 2022-23 campaign after leading all Knighthawks with 63 points on 27 goals and 36 assists in 17 games in 2021-22.
It’s definitely no surprise that Cattoni has finally found his offensive stride just four games into the season but, again, the sixth-year pro isn’t taking much credit for his personal successes. Instead, Cattoni gives credit to Knighthawks new assistant coach Gavin Prout, and how the newcomer just allows the offense to relax and play within themselves.
“He’s (Prout) definitely been really good with us,” explained Cattoni when asked what the new addition of Prout has done for the offense this season. “We’re not really doing anything too crazy. We’re just playing within ourselves and playing together and, I think, we’re buying into what he’s saying. So that’s a huge thing for us.”
So far this season, Cattoni has went on to produce 19 points on nine goals and 10 assists through the Knighthawks first four games.
The Knighthawks forward will look to continue to his offensive momentum this Sunday, Jan. 15, as Rochester takes on the New York Riptide for the first of two meetings this season. As Rochester looks to push its win streak to five games, the Knighthawks will travel to Nassau Coliseum to face the Riptide for a 3 p.m. faceoff which will be available on Big 107.3 and ESPN+.