Mackenzie Lawson, a Troy Buchanan High school alumni and Saint Louis University graduate recently won “Player of the Week” in the A-10 conference for her performance on Senior Day Weekend playing softball.
The second baseman plans to work with a Defense Contract Audit Agency and be an auditor for their company.
“I just graduated earlier this month, I will be starting my job at the Defense Contract Agency as an auditor in June,” Lawson said.
Lawson has been a softball player since she was a kid, and has always focused on helping her team win.
“Being able to help my team win has always been one of the best parts of playing,” Lawson said. “On my senior Day weekend, I hit one of my walkoff home runs to win the first game of the series, and in my first at bat of the second game [of the series], I hit my first grand slam.”
Playing any competitive sport, there is always a goal and the will to win. With playing college sports it takes more than being an athlete – players have to succeed in the classroom as well as on the field and having people there to encourage them can help players get to that next level.
“Playing college softball had been the goal since freshman year of high school, and my sophomore year is when I got really serious about the recruiting process,” said Lawson. “My parents have always been the ones to encourage and support me, with all the ups and downs as well, which becomes hard to deal with [on your own].”
Playing college sports is a challenge for many, and some students find themselves straining to reach the physical and mental bars set for them as athletes.
“It wasn’t always the easiest but it made me a stronger person,” Lawson said.
“Being named A-10 conference player of the week for my performance on my Senior Day weekend...was a weekend to remember for me.”