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Bjorn Totland Named A-Sun Player-of-the-Year

Nov. 10, 2004

Macon, Ga. - Bjorn Totland was named the Atlantic Sun Player-of-the-Year while Florida Atlantic University saw six players earn All-Conference honors as the conference announced the 2004 Men's Soccer All-Conference Teams on Wednesday. FAU, who won a share of the 2004 A-Sun Regular Season Championship, placed three players on the First-Team and three more on the Second-Team. Totland becomes the second player from FAU in two years to win Player-of-the-Year honors.

First Team
Totland, a native of Bergen, Norway, led the way for the high-powered Owls offense, which is first in the nation in goals per game (2.73). The senior set career highs for goals (13) and points (29) while leading the conference in goals and finishing second in points. He is currently ranked eighth in the nation in goals per game (0.87) and 11th in points per game (1.93). Totland was named A-Sun Player-of-the-Week for the week of November 8. He earned Second-Team honors last season.

Kristoffer Aarskog becomes the first player in program history to earn First-Team honors three consecutive years. The 2003 A-Sun Player-of-the-Year tied his career high with six assists while leading the conference and ranking 22nd in the nation in assists per game. The senior from Bergen Norway finished his career at FAU second in shots (172) and game-winning goals (10), third in points (82) and goals (34) and tied for sixth in assists (14).

Josh Garbee, only the third player in program history to be named to the First-Team two times, tied the program record for career assists with 19. The senior from Brandon, FL., finished third on the team in assists (4) and fourth on the team in points (12) and goals (4).

Second Team
Anders Granstad joins Aarskog as the only player to earn All-Conference honors three consecutive years. The junior from Oslo Norway, registered personal bests in goals-against average (0.90) and shutouts while leading the conference in both categories. Granstad earned A-Sun Defensive Player-of-the-Week honors twice this season, giving him four for his career. He earned Second-Team honors as a sophomore and freshman and was also named to the All-Freshman team.

Rustin Kluge earned the first All-Conference award of his career. The Merrick, N.Y., native had a breakout season for the Owls, setting career highs in goals (8), assists (3), points (19), shots (48) and game-winning goals (3). In the A-Sun, he tied for third in goals, fifth in points and first in game-winning goals.

Luka Lau, a Serbia and Montenegro native, played a vital role on a defense that allowed the fewest goals (15) and goals per game (1.00) in program history. Lau, an All-Freshman selection last season, set a career high with two assists.

FAU set a program record for the highest winning percentage, fewest losses and recorded the second most wins in a season. The Owls received a first round bye and will begin play on Friday against the winner of the Mercer/Stetson match at the A-Sun Tournament.



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