Friday’s editions included a Q&A with North Carolina senior attackman Marcus Holman, a Baltimore native and Gilman graduate. Due to space constraints, here are some more answers that didn’t make the cut:
Who is the best teammate you’ve played with?
I would have to say that [senior midfielder] Davey Emala is a great teammate. He’s a guy that just likes to take care of business. He comes to work every day. I would also have to say that [sophomore attackman] Joey Sankey – in the two years that I’ve played with him – is another guy that you can always count on to make the right play and you can always count on him going 100 percent. Just the way he attacks ground balls is something that inspires me to be a better player. I think those two guys are really awesome teammates and guys that I’ve loved playing with.
During your career, who was the toughest goalkeeper to score against?
Going back to a guy that graduated last year, Tyler Fiorito of Princeton was definitely a tough goalie. And I would say that [Maryland redshirt junior] Niko Amato has always played well in goal. He’s had some big games against us, and he’s a guy that has had my number a couple times. We have some good battles whenever we play Maryland.
Is there one person who has been the most influential figure in your playing career?
It would definitely have to be my father [Tar Heels assistant coach Brian Holman]. He’s the one who kind of raised me and taught me about the game of lacrosse and put a stick in my hands at a young age. And it’s not just only lacrosse. He’s been a great leader and mentor to me. Obviously with him being my dad, he’s a guy I can talk to, and he’s always believed in me and supported me no matter what struggles I’ve faced. He’s always been there for me, and he’s definitely someone I look up to.
Is it ever awkward that one of the coaches on the team is your father?
People ask me this a lot, and I usually just tell them that because he coaches the goalies and is down there on the defensive end, we usually don’t interact too much during a practice. But like I said, he’s always there to critique me if my shot’s off a little bit. He’ll be there to help me out or just give me words of support and encouragement. So it’s just nice to know that he’s always there lloooking out for me and my teammates and that we share a common goal, which is to win a national championship.
With that in mind and since this is your senior year, is anything less than a national title a disappointment?
That’s definitely how I feel, but sat the same time, you can’t put too much pressure on yourself. You have to enjoy the journey. I’ve heard the quote that success is a marathon, not a sprint. So you’ve just got to enjoy every day on the practice field and game day is when you get excited with your team and have fun.