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Marcus Holman Helping Lead Cannons Offense to New Heights


Last month, Nolting spoke to the impact that being around proven, veteran leaders like Holman and Matt Kavanagh has had on his game.

After the Cannons took down Chrome to earn their first team victory in more than a calendar year three weeks ago, I asked Marcus what’s made the squad’s instant chemistry possible. 

He made sure to laud the work of Cannons offensive coordinator Jim Mithcell before adding, “I just think we understand that we all need each other to be successful…We have a group that wants to play together, that wants to share it.”

According to Champion Data’s advanced tracking, the Cannons made the fewest passes per game (192.4) and fewest per possession (5.00) in 2022. Three games into this season, they are averaging 218 passes per game, third most in the PLL.

Not to mention, the Cannons attack trio of Holman-Nolting-Kavanagh, are all averaging more touches per game this season compared to last. The same is true for Chris Aslanian and Ryan Drenner, both of whom have also had great starts to the year. 

Taking the Bulls by the Horns

With how well the Cannons offense was starting to click, it’ll be interesting to see if any of the pre-break momentum is stalled tonight.

Atlas has had three weeks to regroup and forget about collapsing down the stretch against the Waterdogs and giving up a league-high 19 goals.

The main thing to keep an eye on will be who Gavin Adler is guarding. This year’s #1 overall pick has been excellent to begin his career, holding his opponents to 2-for-14 shooting when he’s been the closest defender. 

I’d imagine Adler will start on Nolting but wouldn’t be surprised to see him switch off to Holman at some point. Nolting has dissected opposing defenses from behind the cage this season, and Atlas as a team has given up the most goals in the league defending X (11).

Attacking from the midfield has been a strength of the Cannons so far this season; they have been the most potent team (15) from the top of the offensive zone. Meanwhile, Atlas has given up the most goals from up top this season (16).

Expect the Cannons to continue to dodge downhill with Campbell/Aslanian/Drenner.

While Coach Holman and the Cannons are pleased with the direction the team is headed in, they know full well the marathon is just beginning.

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