“He’s definitely an asset to the team and he’s an extraordinary goalie,” Falcons teammate Tanner Kober says. “[Having Colvin in the game] makes a us a lot more confident because we know every team we play isn’t going to have a goalie as good as Rane. It’s definitely a confidence booster.”
The Falcons are anchored by Colvin’s shot blocking ability, but his teammates’ awareness of his prowess also enhances their team defense by giving them the freedom to play the field fearlessly.
Zones and double coverage are staples of Crescenta Valley’s strategy for containing opposing teams’ top scorers, inevitably leading to open shots for others. Colvin’s teammates trust him to protect the goal once they leave their man to double and that’s the key, Sakonju says, for getting players to commit to his defense.