The American Rivers Conference has announced that Luther College junior defender Harry Merz (Wellington, New Zealand/Tawa College) has been named the league's Defensive Player of the Week, for the week ending Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018.
Merz anchored a defensive line that allowed just two shots on goal and one goal in three wins this past week. The Norse defeated St. Olaf College (2-1), Gustavus Adolphus College (3-0) and Carroll University (5-0). Luther is now 5-0 and off to its best start since 2014.
An honorable mention all-conference selection in 2017, this is the first time Merz has been named the league's Defensive Player of the Week.