UK moves back atop C-USA, Sets up Final-Day Showdown with Charlotte
* 2014 NSCAA All-Region * 2014 All-C-USA (Second Team) * 2013 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll
Career Summary: A transfer before the 2013 season, he developed into one of the nation's best strikers as a senior, leading UK with six goals in 2014, including three game-winners.
2014 Second-team All-Conference USA ... NSCAA All-Region selection ... NSCAA National Player of the Week (10/21) ... Top Drawer Soccer and collegesoccernews.com National Teams of the Week ... Had goals in back-to-back games vs. Xavier (golden goal) and ETSU ... Had a goal vs. ODU, Evansville, No. 9 New Mexico and at FIU for the game-winning goal ... Suffered a knee injury against Charlotte and missed UK's final two games of the season ... Led UK with six goals, including three to win games ... Also led UK 16 points and 47 shots in 2014.
2013 Played in 17 games, with seven starting assignments ... Logged 790 minutes ... Scored one goal to go with his team-leading six assists ... Fired 22 shots with 10 on target ... Finished the season with eight points, which ranked fourth on the team ... His lone goal was the game-winner in overtime vs. Old Dominion in the Conference USA Tournament to help UK advance to the semifinals ... Collected two assists vs. Valparaiso and Florida Atlantic ... Fired four shots in games vs. Florida Atlantic and Wright State ... Played the full time in three of the last four games of the season ... Named to the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.
Pre-UK (Wright State) A native of Wisconsin, Laird comes to Lexington via Wright State University in Ohio ... Laird has played in a total of 35 matches for the Raiders over the past two seasons ... Netting a total of seven goals in his freshman season, Laird was named to the Horizon League Newcomer team after his freshman season in 2011, in which he led the Raiders in points (15) and goals (7) ... Registered a total of 20 shots, with 10 on-goal during the sophomore campaign which included 15 games in which Laird saw action.
Pre-College Attended Hartford Union High School in Hartford, Wis., where Laird was under the guidance of coach Jack De Selm ... Played club soccer for the North Shore United while being named a Regional Player to Watch ... A four-year starter for the Orioles, Laird led Hartford Union to four consecutive conference titles and a state playoff berth ... Was selected three-time all-conference and all-area honoree, as well as being named all-state his junior and senior seasons ... Currently, Laird holds the Wisconsin state record for assists in a season (27) and a career (63).
Personal Born Justin Laird on July 15, 1993 ... Has two siblings: brother Evan and sister Jenna.