November 14, 2011

Megan Lynch Named Patriot League Player Of The Week

WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross junior volleyball player Megan Lynch (Mendham, N.J.) has been named the Molten Patriot League Player of the Week for her performance in the Crusaders' wins over Bucknell (Nov. 11) and Colgate (Nov. 12) at the Holy Cross Field House. Lynch is the first Crusader to win this award since the 2004 season. This is also only the third time that a Holy Cross player has won this honor in the history of the award (1990-1994; 2001-present) as Cheryl Jakielo (Sept. 10, 2001) and Michelle Leahy (Oct. 11, 2004) were also named Player of the Week. Lynch earned Patriot League Rookie of the Week accolades twice in the 2009 season.

Lynch led the team with 33 kills and 4.71 kills per set on the week. She also tied for the team-lead with 26 digs and 3.71 digs per set. She recorded double-doubles in both matches with 12 kills and 15 digs in the 3-0 win versus Bucknell and 21 kills and 11 digs against Colgate. She recorded 20 double-doubles on the season and has 47 for her career. Lynch averaged 4.00 kills per set and 5.00 digs per set versus the Bison and 5.25 kills per set against the Raiders. This was the first time the Crusaders have gone 2-0 in a week of Patriot League action since defeating Lehigh (Oct. 8) and Lafayette (Oct. 9) in 2004. This was the first win by the Crusaders over the Raiders since a 3-0 victory on Nov. 12, 2004 as Colgate had won 13 straight in the series.

Lynch concluded the season with 405 kills which are second all-time at the school behind her own record of 442 in 2010. She is the only player in program history to record over 400 kills in a season. She is second all-time in school history with 1,218 career kills and is seventh with 919 career digs. Lynch is just one of two players in program history to record over 1,000 kills and 900 digs. 

Holy Cross finished the 2011 season with a 10-21 overall record (6-8 Patriot League). The Crusaders concluded the season with three straight Patriot League victories. This was the first time they had won three straight league matches since winning four in row in the 2000 season. The Crusaders' six Patriot League wins tie their most ever as they went 6-8 in 2004 and 6-6 in 2000. Holy Cross' fifth place finish in the league is its best since placing fifth in 2004.