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    SD Mines Men's Soccer: Hardrocker land 2 on Men's Soccer RMAC All-Conference list

    CO SPRINGS, CO. --- The South Dakota School of Mines men’s soccer team had two athletes earn Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference All-Conference Honors announced by the league Tuesday afternoon.

    Junior Lars Skau and freshman Justin Barkow were both named to the RMAC All-Conference Honorable Mention list. Skau earned the honor as a defender while Barkow made the list as a forward. 

    “Congratulations to Justin and Lars for their selections to the RMAC All-Conference Honorable Mention team,” said Hardrocker men’s soccer head coach Jordan Kadlec. 

    Barkow is a 6-foot freshman from Longmont, CO, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He finished his first year of NCAA Div. II soccer starting in all 17 games where he posted four goals, two assists and amassed 10 points off 44 shots. He had 25 shots on goal and closed out the year with two game-winning goals. He logged 1,279 minutes of playing time in 2016. 

    “I thought Justin was one of the most dangerous players in the conference,” Kadlec said. “He had the ability to break the game wide open and score at any moment. We are extremely excited to see the growth he has over the next nine months and expect him to make a major impact over the next three years.” 

    Skau is a 6-2 junior from Bergen, Norway, majoring in Chemical Engineering. He played and started in 15 games this season and was instrumental in helping SD Mines be competitive in all those games. He also has one goal to his credit to go along with two points and five shots on the season. Skau also recorded 1,312 minutes of playing time in 2016. 

    “Lars is a complete player on the back line,” Kadlec said. “His ability in the air, distribution and decision making are what sets him apart from other individuals on our team and in the conference. We believe Lars will improve significantly in the offseason and really emerge as a leader throughout his senior year.” 

    The major awards, along with All-RMAC First and Second Teams are voted on by the league's 11 head coaches. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own players. This marks the first year that SD Mines athletes have earned RMAC All-Conference honors.

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