3 soccer players earn GNAC honors
Release Date Wednesday, November 13, 2013

RAPID CITY - - The Great Northwest Athletic Conference announced the 2013 Men’s Soccer All-Conference Teams Tuesday afternoon. The South Dakota School of Mines Hardrocker soccer team had three individuals earn recognition for their performance in the league this season.

“I’m excited the GNAC recognized the quality of several of our players. In many ways this is a positive reflection of our entire team,” said Hardrocker soccer head coach Joe Burger. “It takes everyone competing every day in training and games to assist these young men to the recognition they deserve.”

Hardrocker sophomore Andreas Skau, a Chemical Engineering major from Bergen, Norway, received second team honors as a midfielder. Skau competed and started in 16 of 17 games. He tallied three assists for three points during the 2013 year.

“The second team honor is nice recognition for Andreas. He has been the linchpin in our midfield for the last two seasons,” Burger said. “His work rate in defense, creativity in the attack and threatening free kicks made him a standout during conference games.”

SD Mines sophomore Mike McGraw, a Chemistry major from Vandalia, Ohio, was recognized on the Honorable Mention All-Conference team as a midfielder. McGraw competed and started in all 17 matches, scoring four goals for a total of eight points. He led the team in scoring and points.

“There is not a harder working player on the field than Michael McGraw. His business the last two years has led him to be our all-time leading scorer,” Burger said. “I am happy for Michael to be recognized and with a little hard work and polishing of technique, there is no doubt he will have the opportunity to receive more recognition in the future.”

Tim Tribbett, a freshman Civil Engineering major from Centennial, Colo., was also voted to the Honorable Mention All-Conference team as a goalkeeper for the Hardrockers. As a freshman, Tribbett started all 17 games and played every minute. He recorded 122 saves on the season ranking him third in the nation for saves per game, with an average of 7.18 per game in NCAA Div. II soccer.

“Tim is certainly making his mark at the University and in the soccer program,” Burger said. “He has been instrumental in moving our team forward in NCAA Div. II soccer and the league. He is only going to get better with more game experience and training. We look forward to his bright future here at SD Mines.”

Tribbett is one of eight total freshmen to earn 2013 All-GNAC honors, while Skau and McGraw are two of a dozen sophomores to receive recognition.

In addition to the All-Conference selection, Gabe Dahmke, a sophomore Civil Engineering major from Sheridan, Wyo. earned GNAC All-Academic honors. To qualify, an individual must be in their second year of competition, obtain a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or higher and participate in a minimum of 50 percent of contests.

“Being the captain of the team, this honor depicts what we want every soccer student-athlete to strive for,” Burger said. “Gabe has played every minute in the last two years, his steadiness, quiet strength and determination makes him one of the most recognizable players on the field. To be able to combine his superior academics with athletics is a great testament to the drive of Gabe.”


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