The women’s team finished at 9-14 overall, and 3-9 in the NAC, compared to 5-13 overall and 1-12 in 2011.
The team also avenged a 1-0 loss to Northland in the 2011 Midwest Region Championship by claiming the 2012 title in a 3-0 win over the Pioneers, and staking a claim as the #4 seed in the National Tournament in Kissimmee, Fla.
The team took 5th place in a 3-2 shootout win over #3 Kentucky Christian.
Individually, Maranatha had a top-six scorer in Allison Steinhaus, who finished the season with 14 goal, and 29 points, both team bests.
In her first and only season with the team, University of Hawaii transfer, Jocelyn Enrique, finished with eight goals and six assists for 22 points and was voted the team’s most valuable player.
The Crusaders also started a number of freshmen, including Olivia Doerstling and Harmony Lorch, both of whom were instrumental towards the team’s success.
As a team, Maranatha notched the most NAC wins since joining the conference, with victories over Alverno (6-2), Rockford (8-1) and Lakeland (2-1).
There was a marked improvement in goals compared to last year (45-33), and assists (27-18). The team also had more shots on net (153) than last year (134).
Maranatha loses a number of seniors for 2013, but remains strong with a young nucleus of talent.