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Lynch Earns Academic All-American Honors

Friday, June 10, 2016

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Robert Morris University men's hockey senior Zac Lynch has been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America second team, the second All-American honor of his career. Lynch was an Academic All-America third-team selection during his sophomore campaign and is the only Colonials men's hockey player to be an Academic all-American. Lynch is one of only three NCAA men's ice hockey players to receive the honor.

The Atlantic Hockey player of the year scored 25 goals and 30 assists, leading the Colonials to the conference regular season championship and tournament championship game. A Pittsburgh native, Lynch recently graduated with a degree in manufacturing engineering with a 3.89 GPA. Lynch was also a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award with fellow Colonials teammate Tyson Wilson.

A Hobey Baker top ten finalist, Lynch set the Colonials program scoring record, scoring 156 career points. He also set the Robert Morris single-season record with 55 points and was the NCAA's active record-holder in shorthanded goals with 8 this season and 14 for his career. Lynch finished his senior season sixth in the NCAA in points per game (1.41).

Upon completion of his playing career, Lynch signed with the Florida Panthers AHL affiliate Portland Pirates and competed there for the remainder of their season and into the playoffs. Lynch recorded one assist in seven games played for Portland.

Lynch was named to the Academic All-District team in May, for the second time in his career, with his first appearance coming in 2014. Lynch is the fourth Robert Morris men's hockey player to be named to the Academic All-District team, but the only player to ever earn Academic All-American status. Tyler Hinds was named to the all-district team in 2013. Joel Gasper (2007, 2008) and Jace Buzek (2005, 2006) were each two-time members of the academic all-district squad.