Offer to skate on home turf too good to pass up
While playing hockey at Shaler, Zac Lynch garnered a lot of attention for his scoring prowess and overall skill on the ice.
His ability was such that the Bay State Breakers Junior Hockey Club of the Eastern Junior Hockey League brought him aboard for the past two seasons. Lynch scored 18 goals and notched 22 assists for the Breakers in that time, recording a pair of goals and three assists in six playoff games last year.
While in Boston, Lynch learned that to get better, he needed to get stronger.
More skilled and more strong than before, Lynch will return to Pittsburgh to play for Robert Morris next year.
"I started to talk to them last year, and they came to a bunch of my games," Lynch said. "The coach came up to me after a game and offered me for the following year. ... I did not expect it."
Lynch took some time to mull it over and fielded other offers, but in the end, returning home to play for a Division I program was too good to pass up.
"It will be awesome to look up in the stands and see my friends and family," Lynch said. "I loved Boston, but now that is out of my system."
The Robert Morris coaches were well aware of Lynch's skill, and they pushed him to sign early. But he held off a bit, and researched RMU -- athletically and academically.
"I know some kids there and they told me about the business and engineering programs and how good they are," Lynch said. "The hockey team had a big year, too, and that is exciting."
The former Shaler star already has worked out with the Colonials' strength coach. He is familiar with the Robert Morris Island Sports Center facility, as he played for the Pittsburgh Hornets AAA hockey program before joining Bay State.
"We are excited to add Zac to our lineup next season," RMU Coach Derek Schooley said. "We have a difficult task of replacing seven senior forwards this year, and my assistant coaches (Matt Nicholson and Mark Workman) have done a nice job in starting to replace them."
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