ESPNBoston.com and its high school section announced today that Eric Holden, junior attack of the Lincoln-Sudbury Warriors, is the recipient of its fifth annual “Mr. Lacrosse” award, presented annually to the top player in the MIAA.
The Mr. Lacrosse winner was chosen by a panel of experts made up of ESPNBoston.com staff, correspondents and state lacrosse coaches. Holden will be presented the award at a later date.
“With such a deeply talented offensive roster, it’s difficult to select just one player from the Warriors in such a historic season for the program,” said ESPN Boston High Schools co-editor Scott Barboza, who coordinates the site’s boys’ lacrosse coverage. “But when you look at what Eric meant to the dynamic of their offense, not only as a riding attackman, but as a ball distributor to his teammates, he clearly stood out.”
Holden becomes the first L-S player to win the award.
The Hobart College commit finished the season with 74 goals and 50 assists while helping to lead the Warriors to their first MIAA Division 1 state title in 21 years.
“I think what Eric brought to our team this season was offensive confidence and generally played as though nobody knew who he was or cared who he was,” Warriors head coach Brian Vona said. “He played with a general disdain towards his defenders and gave our overall offense confidence all year.
“We always knew we could score because Eric was out there. We always knew he could get us going if we were in a hole, which he did all year.”
An Eastern Mass. All-American as a junior, Holden did more than just score. He was among the Warriors’ ground ball leaders and, at times, contributed as a wing player on faceoffs.
“Eric is a true teammate, he just wants our team to win,” Vona said. “No matter how we do it, Eric will often ask me what needs to be done to win and rarely, if at all, veers from the teams goals.
“Short answer is that without him, and the fact that he played tough all season, every game, we would not have reached our ultimate goal this season.”