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    Ben Crouse

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Oak Park, CA

    High School:
    Oak Park

    Height / Weight:
    5-11 / 165

    Position:
    Defense

    Birthdate:
    07/28/1984


    AS A SENIOR: A two-time monogram winner • will look to claim the left back position after gaining valuable experience there last season • had a terrific spring campaign • a strong, physical player • has played in 11 career games.

    AS A JUNIOR: Appeared in nine games, including seven starts, throughout the 2004 season • started the first seven games of the campaign as he stepped in to fill the role of injured left back Kevin Goldthwaite • came off the bench against Villanova and Loyola-Chicago • tallied seven shots on the season • fit well into Notre Dame's system of attacking defenders • started two of the three BIG EAST Conference matches in which he played • named to the 2004-05 BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team.

    AS A SOPHOMORE: Saw his first career action vs. #11 California at the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic • also played 11 minutes in Notre Dame's 6-0 victory at Cleveland State.

    AS A FRESHMAN: Did not see action in any games during the 2002 campaign.

    HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: A four-year starter at Oak Park High School • two-year captain who played a number of different positions during his scholastic career • played every minute of every contest throughout his four prep seasons • a three-time first-team all-Tri-Valley League selection • two-time all-Tri Valley Defensive MVP • led his high school squad to league championship in 2000 • also earned all-California Interscholastic Federation honors • began playing with the Region IV Olympic Developmental Team in 1998 • a first-team all-CYAS state team selection after leading team to adidas Cup championship and ODP International Tournament • an eight-year veteran of SoCal United Soccer Club • led that team to CSL Premier Under-16 championship in 2000 • squad also was a semifinalist at National Cup as well as finalist at Nomads Tournament • born July 28, 1984 • son of David and Dantzel • enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business with a major in finance.

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