Northeast 2B League Teams Preview -2015

Saint George’s School Dragons

Head Coach: Heidi Melville

2014 Record: 17-3-0

The offense will be one of the more explosive in the state. Michael Hamilton returns from a very solid season wherein he netted 20 goals. Collin Cremers can feature in the both offense and defense and will be a handful for any team to deal with. Stow Miller is back in the midfield to lead a group that may be the deepest and strongest in the state. The teams leader in Matt Arlt returns at defense . Talent is present on defense.

The season may have ended prematurely for the Dragons when they were eliminated by eventual state runner up Waitsburg/Prescott. That finished coupled with a huge and talented senior class places big expectations on the Dragons. The offense will score a ton of goals. But is the defense, which faltered down the stretch, going to be significantly improved. This team will go as far as their defense takes them.

Key Returners

Matt Arlt (Sr., D) – 2 goals, 2 assists

Stow Miller (Sr., MF) – 8 goals, 12 assists

Michael Hamilton (Sr., F) – 34 goals, 13 assists

Collin Cremers (Sr., MF) – 16 goals, 18 assists

Sam Niven (Jr., MF) – 6 goals, 7 assists

Caelen Angell (Jr., F) – 9 goals, 10 assists

Michael Thew (Jr., MF) – 6 goals, 5 assists

Blaise Osborne – 1 goal, 3 assists

Chris Caporicci – (Sr., GK) – 7 shutouts

Northwest Christian Crusaders

Head Coach: Mica Lamb

2014 Record: 12-8-0

Replacing 11 seniors and 8 starters will be a challenge, but the returners are good offensive players which will keep the Crusaders competitive in matches. The entire defense and goalkeeping unit needs to be replaced which presents the greatest area of concern. There is light in the program, as the incoming freshmen appear to be as solid as the group that won the whole thing in 2012. Cameron Weller will be a dominant high school player, but this year Rolf Veenstra will feature as the goal scorer.

Northwest Christian will likely have a winning season and be able to compete with nearly every opponent. The course that this team is on will lead them to success down the road. Rebuilding the depth will be important and that may be a work in progress as the year goes on. In 2015, the Crusaders will need to overcome their lack of experience in defense and count on a proven scorer in Veenstra.

Key Returners

Rolf Veenstra (Jr. F) – 11 goals, 12 assists

Eli Breithaupt (Jr., MF) – 1 goal, 1 goal

Alex Ramsey (Sr., MF) – 4 goals

Micah Henry (Jr., MF) – 2 assists

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