League champions often are well represented in terms of all-conference honors, and the Fort Lewis College mens soccer team was no exception when the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference handed down its verdict Wednesday.
FLC landed four players on the first team, two more on the second and added Coach, Defensive Player and Goalkeeper of the Year awards to the list of honors.
Despite missing the final seven games of the season, Fabian Kling was picked as Defensive Player of the Year and was a unanimous first-team All-RMAC choice. Kling, a senior, was the anchor of a defensive unit thats second nationally with a .39 goals-against average and posted a league-best 11 shutouts. The Skyhawks captain also scored four goals and added two assists.
Another member of that defensive unit, goalkeeper Ryan Wirth, earned top goalkeeper honors and first-team All-RMAC for his part in the .39 GAA and 11 shutouts. Only seven shots have gotten past Wirth thus far this season in 18 games.
For leading FLC to a 17-1 record and 13-1 league mark, FLC head coach Oige Kennedy earned his first RMAC Coach of the Year honor. Kennedy is 52-7-4 in three years at the helm of the Fort Lewis program and 37-3-2 in league.
Joining Kling and Wirth on the first team were Thomas Hoang and Berekk Blackwell.
Hoang has 11 assists, good for tops in the league and third nationally, to go with six goals for 23 points.
Blackwell moved into the middle of the FLC defense after Klings injury and kept the unit from missing a beat, posting four shutouts over the seasons final seven games.
Midfielders Cory Dean and Joey Madigan were second-team All-RMAC selections for Fort Lewis. Madigan totaled five goals, three assists and 13 points for the Skyhawks, and Dean added a goal and two assists while pacing FLCs possession-based attack in the central midfield.
RMAC Player of the Year honors went to Scott Grode of Metro State. The senior forward led the RMAC with 17 goals and added five assists. His 39 points were second only to Tesho Akindele of Colorado Mines in the league.
Logan Miller of Regis and T.J. Thiebaut of Metro State shared Freshman of the Year honors. Miller had five goals and five assists for 15 points, good for 11th in the league. Thiebaut had five tallies and three helpers for 13 points, good for 15th in the RMAC.