Speed is an important part of lacrosse and is one of the many weapons that senior co-captain Erica Holveck features. As a defensive midfielder, she is a key part of the Red’s transition game, and often leaves other players in the dust as she streaks down the field. Holveck’s aggressive play helped anchor a defense last season that was ranked in the top four nationally.
“Erica has been a very dynamic individual on the team. She brings incredible talent, speed, and leadership, but she also has grown in her four years with the program. We’ve all seen her develop, and I think that, that development has been terrific,” said head coach Jenny Graap ’86.
Holveck’s talent has not gone unnoticed, as she was recently named a preseason All-American after being named to the All-American second-team last season. Now as a co-captain this season, Holveck will look to lead the team deep into the postseason.
“I’ve been starting for three years and I know a lot more about the game and what needs to be done, so I’m going to use my experience and be a role model for the younger players as to what to do and not to do,” says Holveck. “I’m proud to be captain, and I’m proud that people elected me to lead them. I think our team dynamic has always been the seniors stepping up, and it’s not an easy job, but there’s a lot of us there to be leaders and role models.”
Arriving on the East Hill her freshman year, Holveck was called on to be a starter almost immediately and she did not disappoint. She netted 20 goals to go along with eight assists and 31 ground balls and was named to the All-Ivy second-team.
Holveck posted similar numbers her sophomore year with 12 goals and seven assists, including two three-goal efforts against Penn and Brown. As a junior, Holveck shifted her focus to the backfield, where she has really shown her ability.
“[As] we’ve recruited and worked very hard to get more skilled line attackers in the mix, we’ve also noticed that Erica’s ability to contribute and her fort