WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior volleyball player Megan Lynch (Mendham, N.J.) has been named preseason All-Patriot League as voted on by head coaches and sports information directors from around the league. Lynch, who has earned second team All-Patriot League accolades three times, enters the season ranked second all-time at Holy Cross with 1,218 career kills and seventh with 919 career digs. She is 29 kills away from setting a new school record. She is one of only two players in program history to record over 1,000 kills and 900 digs and will look to be the first ever to post 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs.
The Holy Cross volleyball team was picked fifth in the 2012 Patriot League preseason poll. American was picked to finish first as it earned 14 of 16 first place votes and 98 total points. Army had 86 total points and two first-place votes as it was picked to finish second, followed by Lehigh who received 71 total points. Colgate (64 total points) placed fourth, Holy Cross (49 total points) finished fifth, Bucknell (31 total points) placed sixth, Navy (30 total points) was seventh and Lafayette (19 total points) was eighth. The top four teams in the final regular season standings will qualify for the Patriot League Tournament.
The Crusaders will start the season by hosting the first day of the Beanpot Classic on Friday, Aug. 24 as the Crusaders will take on SEC opponent Alabama at 11:00 a.m. and two-time defending NEC champion Sacred Heart at 7:00 p.m. The tournament will move to Northeastern on Saturday, Aug. 25 as Holy Cross will play the Huskies at 11:00 a.m.
Preseason All-Patriot League Team
Juliana Crum, American, Jr., OH
Sara Rishell, American, So., OH/MB
Ariana Mankus, Army, Sr., OH
Mary Vaccaro, Army, So., S
Lindsay Young, Colgate, Jr., OH
Megan Lynch, Holy Cross, Sr., OH
Taylor Poole, Lehigh, Sr., MB
Preseason Player of the Year – Sara Rishell, American, So., OH/MB
Patriot League Preseason Poll
American – 98 points (14 first-place votes)
Army – 86 (2)
Lehigh – 71
Colgate – 64
Holy Cross – 49
Bucknell – 31
Navy – 30
Lafayette – 19