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Alumni Update - Zac Lynch (Robert Morris)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Robert Morris University men's hockey senior Zac Lynch has been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America secondLynch RMU 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 Shaler graduate, 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).

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Alumni Update - Meagan Carter (Seton Hill)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Seton Hill University senior Meagen Carter was named to the 2015-16 CoSIDA Academic All-District 2 ™ Women's Track & Field/CrossCarter SHU Country Team for Division II athletics on Thursday afternoon.

Carter, a chemistry major, has maintained a nearly perfect 3.96 grade-point average through her collegiate academic career.

The Academic All-District™ teams, as nominated and voted on by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. The purpose of the program is to recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.

Carter, a Shaler graduate, was one of 10 individuals honored for District 2 – which includes all athletes in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC), Mountain East Conference (MEC) and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA).

This season on the track, Carter finished fourth at the PSAC Championships in the 1500 meter run, setting a new Seton Hill record in the process in a time of 4:39.18.  During the indoor season, Carter was sixth in the 1 mile run.

In cross country, Meagen earned her second straight All Region honor with an eighth place finish at the Atlantic Regional. Carter ran the fastest 6K time in Seton Hill history for the eighth place finish. She finished the 6K course in a time of 21:13.2.  During her junior season, Carter was 9th at the PSAC Championships and 17th in the Atlantic Regional.

Meagen is also a three time USTFCCCA CC All Academic Team selection.

The 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-America ® Teams, for which Carter is eligible, will be announced Thursday, June 23.

 

(photo courtesy of Seton Hill University)

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Girls Lacrosse: Shaler coach sees bright days ahead for area lacrosse

Written by Joe Koch on .

Shaler High girls lacrosse coach Jen Perestock had hoped she would be more than a bystander at Thursday night's WPIAL Division 1 and Division 2 girls lacrosse championships at Highmark Stadium.

Despite not bringing a team to the Division 2 championship game, Perestock has compiled a solid record in seven seasons as the Titans, including three successive WPIAL Division 2 championships from 2013 to 2015. She took some solace as she was named the 2016 Division 2 girls coach of the year, and she believes the sport's future – for both boys and girls – is bright.

"We're going to keep growing," she said. "We're in a very good place right now. But in order for us to grow, the officials need to grow with us. We need more officials and to get more kids [into the sport]. It needs to start from the ground up."

Next year, the sport will transition from Division alignment to Class AAA and Class AA. What that means is that players in both classes will have a chance to participate in the PIAA playoffs. This is the final year for Division play, so the farthest a Division 2 player could advance is to the WPIAL tournament. That all changes next year, and Shaler will be one of 22 girls teams competing in Class AAA. The Titans will be competing in Section 3. In Class AA, 21 teams will compete throughout three sections.

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Alumni Update - Morgan Russo (Pitt-Greensburg)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

BUFFALO, NY - The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference has released their 2016 All-Conference teams with four BobcatsRusso PGU earning distinction. The conference's coaches have named senior shortstop Morgan Russo, freshman second baseman Kellie Hutchinson, and sophomore right fielder Katlyn Keenan to the second team

Russo, a Shaler graduate, has represented each level of the AMCC's All-Star teams after a first team selection in 2013, a third team nod last year, and to second team after a successful senior season. Russo led the Bobcats in a number of offensive categories, including batting average (.373), hits (51), RBI (25), and doubles (14).  

Nine doubles came during conference play, placing her tops in the league. Russo would also finish top 10 in conference hits (fourth-27), batting average (seventh-.422), and slugging percentage (tenth-.594). 

 

(photo courtesy of University of Pitt-Greensburg)

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Softball: Shaler shrugs off loss to rival, enters playoffs loaded

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

A late season 1-0 loss at North Allegheny denied Shaler Area a perfect regular season and an outright section title. But nobody can deny the talent the Titans have. Shaler (19-1, 13-1) can match up on paper with any Class AAAA team in the state. With the likes of senior pitcher Bri Dobson, junior Lyndsey Lakatos and senior Jacey Schott, this Titan squad has the look of a vintage Skip Palmer team.

Dobson has been lethal at the plate and in the circle. She is batting .508 with nine home runs and 42 runs batted it. And she is even more valuable as a pitcher, with a 17-1 record and a 0.86 ERA. Dobson struck out 86 this season. Lakatos and Schott have been offensive catalysts. Lakatos is batting .543 with 18 runs batted in and Schott is batting .517 with 15 runs batted in.