BROWNS SUMMIT – University of Mount Olive junior goalkeeper Mikaela Lawler was the recipient of the Conference Carolinas Elite 23 Award on Friday afternoon at the soccer championships, which were hosted at the Truist Soccer Complex at Bryan Park.
Lawler currently boasts a 3.986 cumulative grade-point average while pursuing a degree in veterinary bioscience.
A native of Houston, Texas, Lawler became the second women’s soccer player in school history to earn the award since its inception in the 2018-19 academic year. She joins Erica Boswell, who garnered the league accolade in back-to-back seasons for the program. The Trojans have received the honor 13 times since the award was initiated, including three student-athletes that earned the honor multiple times.
The Elite 23 Award is modeled after the NCAA’s Elite 90 Award and honors the student-athlete with the top GPA that is competing at the championship site. The selection criteria for the Elite 23 is identical to that of the NCAA Elite 90 awards, which honor the student-athlete with the top GPA at each of the championship final sites of the 90 championships across all three divisions – I, II, and III.
— From University of Mount Olive Athletics