The Merrimack Minute with Pat Lawlor

By Griffin Kirkwood and Leah DeSalvo

For Pat Lawlor, a sophomore on the Merrimack cross country and track team, Merrimack has had a "major impact on him", and he tries every day to give back to Merrimack in any way he can. 

As his Professor Karen Hayden says of him, "On any given day, you might see him leading a campus tour with prospective students, running with his teammates, and then working in the hockey arena." 

Lawlor, a Haverhill, MA, native, is incredibly involved on campus. 

Even though this is only his second year at Merrimack, he has become involved in the Beacon as the Associate Editor-in-Chief, the Mission Effectiveness Council, Presidential Ambassadors, Physical Plant for Athletics, the Student Athletic Advisory Council, and is a lector at mass. 

Although obviously very involved on campus, this Criminology major knows what his top priority is: academics. 

"Despite all he has going on, he rarely misses a class and he excels academically," said Professor Hayden.

Lawlor made the Dean's List in fall of 2009 and is shooting to do so again this semester. 

After graduation Lawlor hopes to work for the government, "maybe in government affairs or law enforcement." 

Lawlor attributes his success in a busy college career to his devotion to all he does.  He always tries to stay focused, and for track always does what the coaches tell him to.  His track coach Matt Pimentel says, "Pat is one of the hardest working guys on the team.  The commitment he has made to his training year round paid off for this year's cross country season." 

Personally, Lawlor hopes to record a personal best time in the 5K this season, while also improving his times and running more consistently.  He hopes to contribute to the track program and develop a strong foundation for Merrimack's newest sport. 

There is no doubt that his hard work and devotion has helped him immensely, but he sees one more major thing that contributes to his success.  "I owe lots of my success to my coaches.  They are essential, and they really challenge me, and because of that I'm a better athlete."  

Whatever the reasons, Lawlor succeeds in whatever he tries to do, and as Dr. Hayden puts it, "Pat does it all and he makes it look easy."