Heading into his fourth season in the NLL, it should come as no surprise that Holden Cattoni was going to add some top-notch offense to the Rochester Knighthawks roster this past season. After coming off an 80-point campaign in the season prior, Cattoni set out to break his career-high point total during the Knighthawks’ inaugural campaign while leading the team in all offensive categories. Picking up right where he left off the season before, Cattoni averaged nearly five points per game, reached the 50-point mark for the third consecutive year and was a leader on the offense during his first season here in Rochester.
As always, though, there’s much more that Cattoni added to the Knighthawks offense over the course of the 2019-20 campaign, so it’s time to take a look back at his top three moments on the year.
1. EXPLOSIVE ON OFFENSE
Cattoni came into his first season with the Knighthawks and averaged nearly five points per game through his first 12 games in the Flower City.
Cattoni’s explosive start to the 2019-20 season ranked him sixth in the NLL in scoring while pacing the Knighthawks in all offensive categories in goals (24), assists (38) and points (62) to end the 2019-20 regular season. The fourth-year pro ended the year ninth in the league in assists and tied for fifth with a 12 team-high power-play assists, eight of which came over his last seven games.
2. STRIVE FOR FIVE
During an intense one-goal decision back on Jan. 11 against the Toronto Rock came a feat that not many players have accomplished time and time again in their career. Arguably, Cattoni’s best performance on the year came on that Saturday night north of the border as he notched five of the Knighthawks 12 goals during the contest, replicating a feat he’s only seen four times throughout his professional career.
The Knighthawks forward averaged nearly five points per game through 12 games on the year, finishing the season as one of only two Knighthawks to record at least one point in every contest he appeared in.
Additionally, Cattoni reached the 50-point mark for the third straight year, and up until the stoppage, was on pace to shatter his career-high 80-point campaign which he set last season as a member of the Georgia Swarm.
3. REACHING NUMBER 50
Speaking of reaching the 50-point mark for the third year in a row, it took Cattoni just nine games for the fourth-year pro to notch point number 50 as part of a three-goal performance against the New England Black Wolves back on Feb. 22. Cattoni once again led the scoring for the Knighthawks squad that night, with all three of his goals coming on special teams – two on the power-play and one shorthanded. With 1:12 to go in the second quarter, Cattoni tallied his second power-play goal of the contest, putting put him at point number 50 on the year.
Prior to the ending of the NLL’s 2019-20 campaign, Cattoni was on pace to shatter his career-high 80-point campaign which he set last season as a member of the Georgia Swarm.