SEWARD, Neb. – For the first time in his career, senior Justin Lawrie has garnered a weekly conference award. On Tuesday the league named Lawrie the GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports Defensive Player of the Week. Lawrie is the second Bulldog men’s soccer player to earn weekly honors, joining freshman Tyler Jensen, tabbed the league’s offensive player of the week on Sept. 22.
A native of Winnipeg, Canada, Lawrie has been one of head coach Jason Weides’ most consistent performers all season. The 6-foot-1 center back played a key role in the Bulldogs limiting last week’s opponents to a combined four shots on goal as they played to a 1-1 draw with Doane and then defeated Dakota Wesleyan, 3-2. Lawrie recorded and assist and scored the equalizing goal in the 83rd minute of the win at Dakota Wesleyan.
Lawrie is one of three Bulldogs to start all 16 games this season. He has played in 74 games over the past four seasons. During that time, Concordia owns a four-year record of 39-29-6.
Lawrie and the Bulldogs (8-6-2, 3-4-2 GPAC) finish the regular season by hosting Mount Marty (0-16, 0-8 GPAC) at 8 p.m. on Saturday. Lawrie will be one of 13 seniors honored as part of a pregame senior night ceremony.