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Dual Sport Athlete Keeps Busy

Devin Gordon, ’12, Staff Writer

A day in the life of a NCAA Division II varsity student athlete is by no means a walk in the park. A typical day consists of a two hour practice, an hour of strength and conditioning in the Volpe Athletic Center, and about an hour of watching film.

On top of accepting the demanding responsibilities of a varsity athlete, one must also excel in the classroom taking on a full academic workload.

Sophomore Jimmy Holland has shown exceptional athletic excellence in not one but two varsity sports here at Merrimack, competing in Football and Lacrosse. “I felt like I would be selling myself short if I only played one,” said Holland.

As a freshman linebacker for the football team, Holland appeared in nine games recordeing 14 tackles. “I was excited to play as a freshman, but felt that I could have done more to contribute to the team,” he said.

With a relentless attitude, Holland did just that. The following year he appeared in all 10 games and was third in tackles, recording 52.

As a second year starter for Merrimack’s Lacrosse Coach Mike Morgan has high expectations for Holland. “We expect him to be a key part of our defense again this year,” he said. He brings a great deal of skill and toughness to that end of the field. He is a hard worker and we expect him to have a great season this year.”

Standing at 6-foot-1 210 pounds, Holland is a true enforcer on the defense and strikes fear in every opponent he faces.

After asking Jimmy what he enjoys most about being a two-sport athlete, he replied:  “Definitely the friends I’ve made from both teams. I would not trade that for anything in the world. It is a true honor to be a part of both programs.”

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