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Zac Lynch

School

Robert Morris University

Position
Forward
Major
Engineering

Classroom

With a 3.89 career GPA, Zac Lynch is a dedicated student who excels in his field and will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering. Lynch works tirelessly in the classroom but also applies his knowledge in the workforce as a quality engineer intern at Schroeder Industries in Pittsburgh. Lynch has been on the dean’s list every semester of his college career and has been recognized by the School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science as a Dean’s Scholar in 2014 and 2015. Lynch’s academics are tops in the Atlantic Hockey Association, earning first-team All-Academic AHA honors each of his first three seasons. Lynch was named the Robert Morris University Student-Athlete of the Year in 2014-15. In 2013-14 Lynch was honored as a member of the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-America Third Team, the first RMU men’s hockey player to earn this honor, and earned a 4.0 GPA that year. As a freshman in 2012-13, Lynch was named the Atlantic Hockey Student-Athlete of the Year.

Character

Lynch is a high character individual who doesn’t seek fame or recognition in anything that he does. He simply works to be the best possible student, athlete and human being he can be and leads by example on and off the ice. Lynch is a responsible role model to the underclassmen and a great representative to the local community, particularly because he grew up in the same area as the university. Lynch is probably best described as someone who shows up, does his job, makes others around him better and doesn’t expect praise.

Community

Lynch is a volunteer with the Arctic Foxes youth hockey program in Pittsburgh, serving as a coach and mentor for young athletes learning to play hockey. He is a terrific ambassador to the youth hockey players in the community and takes pride in representing RMU Hockey to kids who could one day be a part of the RMU program and just want to love playing hockey.

Competition

In competition, Lynch has the drive and will you’d expect from a champion. Lynch is the active points leader in college hockey (as of Jan. 2016), the leading scorer in Atlantic Hockey and nearing the top of the program record book in many categories at RMU. Lynch has been a consistent and dominating force on the ice since the beginning of his career freshman year. Lynch earned an all-conference third team designation in 2014-15. He was the highest-scoring freshman in his class and has been the team’s second-leading scorer each of the last two seasons before taking over as leading scorer in this, his senior season. This year, Lynch set a new NCAA record, scoring a shorthanded goal in four consecutive games and leads the nation in that category. He is also a nominee for the Hobey Baker Award, the highest all-around honor for a men’s hockey player. He has recently recieved Atlantic Hockey First Team honors and scored his 150th career point to tie the school scoring record, in the final game of the regular season. He is still Atlantic Hockey’s points leader (49 points) along with being tied for third in the NCAA in scoring.