State Rank: 7 Northeast Rank: 2
Head Coach: Mica Lamb
Assistant Coach: Ryan Bushy
Record at School: 69-63-8 (7 seasons)
– Offense – 3rd in League, 9th in State
– Defense – 3rd in League, 18th in State
Offense – NWC’s offense should be better than it was in 2014, as all but one key offensive player returns from last years squad. Junior newcomer Bennett Radloff could help fill that hole. Clark Rabe and Ryan Brandkamp should add to their goal scoring totals from 2013. The midfield could be a nightmare match up for many teams, especially if key defensive players move forward into the attack.
Defense – Coach Lamb has some reloading to do on defense after Phil Bax and goalkeeper Dex Hughes graduated. Jacob Bean returns for his senior year to anchor the Crusaders defense, while Jesse Meyer will be a handful because of his quickness. Goalkeeper Valerie Gaffney will be solid as she locks down the goalkeeping spot.
Final Evaluation – The Crusader offense will benefit from a year together with many starters returning. The offense was the 9th most productive offense in 2013 in the state, and should only improve. If some of the defensive issues from 2013 can be resolved this state quarterfinal team will be quite formidable. The Crusaders should definitely contend for a league championship and district title in a wide-open Eastern Washington this year.
Key Returners (Career Statistics):
Jacob Bean (Sr., D/MF) – 11 goals, 9 assist
Clark Rabe (Sr., F) – 14 goals, 6 assists
Ryan Brandkamp (Sr., MF) – 8 goals, 9 assists
Jesse Meyer (Sr., D) – 7 goals, 5 assists
Michael Hansen (Sr., D) – 1 goal, 3 assist
Sam Nixon (Sr., MF) – 2 goal, 1 assist
Valerie Gaffney (Sr., GK) – 1.5 Shutouts
Ryan Meyers (Sr., D) – 1 assist
Rolf Veenstra (So., F) – 3 goals, 3 assists
Garrett Muncey (So, MF) – 1 goal
Eli Breithaupt (So., MF)