Two Hobart College seniors were chosen in the 2020 Major League Lacrosse Draft last night. Goalie Sam Lucchesi was taken in the fourth round by the Chesapeake Bayhawks and attackman Eric Holden went in the fifth round to the Denver Outlaws.
Lucchesi was the sixth pick of the fourth round, 24th overall. Holden was chosen five picks later, 29th overall. This is the first time Hobart has had two players selected in the same MLL draft. This year’s MLL Draft was eight rounds with 48 total picks.
Lucchesi was 4-1 this season. He ranked seventh in the nation in saves per game (13.8) and 15th in save percentage (.566). Lucchesi earned the NEC Defensive Player of the Week Award for his 10 save effort against Canisius and was tabbed a NEC Prime Performer following a season-high 18-save game against Colgate.
In 33 career games, Lucchesi was 17-13 with a .518 save percentage and a 10.46 goals against average. Among Division I Statesmen, he is third in career wins, fifth in career GAA, seventh in career saves (335) and 10th in career save percentage.
Holden was one of the top scorers in Division I this season, scoring 20 goals and averaging 4.0 goals per game (4th in the nation). He recorded at least one point in each of Hobart’s last 25 games and logged at least one goal in 19 straight games. Holden had a season-high seven points on four goals and three assists against Siena and followed that up with five goals and two assists against Colgate. He was the co-recipient of the 2020 Crook Family Award, presented to the team MVP.
Holden has played in 51 career games, ringing up 150 points on 97 goals and 53 assists. A 2019 All-NEC first team pick, he had 67 points as a junior, a single season record for a Division I Statesman. On Hobart’s all-time list, he is tied for 19th in points and stands alone in 19th in goals. Among Division I Statesmen, he is fourth in points and goals and tied for seventh in assists.
In Denver, Holden will reunite with fellow attackman Chris Aslanian ’19. In 2019, the duo combined for 70 goals and 56 assists for 126 points. Aslanian was a candidate for the 2019 MLL Rookie of the Year Award after producing 42 points on 22 goals and a team-leading 20 assists for the Outlaws.
Hobart led the nation in scoring offense, averaging 19.6 goals per game, this season. The Statesmen were 4-1 with wins over Binghamton, Canisius, Colgate and Siena. The team’s lone loss was to Syracuse, which was No. 1 in the final coaches poll of the season.
Since the MLL was founded in 2001, Hobart has had nine players drafted in its collegiate draft. The first Statesman drafted was Tim Booth (2003, 5th round, 26th overall pick) followed by Brian Joy (2004/5th/26th), Daryl Veltman (2008/4th/39th), Bobby Dattilo (2012/4th/25th), Alex Love (2015/5th/33rd), Frank Brown (2017/7th/58th), and Chris Aslanian (2019/2nd/18th).