WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross junior volleyball players Megan Lynch (Mendham, N.J.) and Elizabeth Watters (San Francisco, Calif.) have been named to the second annual Patriot League volleyball All-Academic team. The Crusaders are the only squad that has more than one selection on the eight-player team. Lynch, who earned All-Patriot League honors for the third straight year on Nov. 15 and was named Molten Player of the Week on Nov. 14, also earned this honor last season. This is the first time that Watters has made the All-Academic team. To be eligible for the All-Academic team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 total grade point average and be a starter or key player in his/her sport. Freshmen or students in their first academic year at their school are not eligible for the honor. The team is voted on by volleyball sports information directors around the conference who could not vote for their own student-athletes.
Lynch, who was a captain this season, has a 3.56 total grade point average and is a Psychology major. She is a two-time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. Lynch is a Big Sister in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program in Worcester. She is also a member of the Holy Cross Leadership Academy. Lynch leads the Patriot League with 405 kills and 3.93 kills per set. Her 405 kills 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 ranked 53rd in the nation in kills per set. Lynch is also 10th in the conference with 2.89 digs per set as she ranked second on the team with 298 digs. She led the team with a career-best 31 aces as her 0.30 aces per set are tied for the ninth in the league. Lynch recorded 20 double-doubles on the season and has 47 for her career. 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.
Watters, who was also a captain this season, has a 3.56 total grade point average and is a Religious Studies major. She has also been on the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll twice and is a member of the Holy Cross Leadership Academy. Watters is on the Executive Board of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and is a Big Sister in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program in Worcester. This past summer she was an intern at Project Night Night, a tax exempt charitable organization based in San Francisco. Project Night Night provides homeless children with a new canvas tote bag that contains a blanket, a children's book and a stuffed animal. The charity, who partners with homeless shelters, has provided over 25,000 Night Night Packages each year to homeless children through donations. The packages are designed to bring security, comfort and encourage family bonding. Now with her leadership, SAAC is providing over 140 Night Night packages to homeless children in four shelters in the Worcester community.
Watters has played in every match during her career. She led the team and is fourth in the Patriot League with 3.88 digs per set. Watters recorded double-digit digs in 25 of the 31 matches this season. Her career-best 404 digs this season were fourth all-time in program history and her digs per set were second. Watters was also second on the team with a career-best 26 aces. She is sixth all-time at the school with 928 career 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.
2011 Patriot League Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year – Rebecca Heath, American, Sr.
2011 Academic All-Patriot League Team
Rebecca Heath, American, Sr.
Ariana Mankus, Army, Jr.
Anne Ellenberger, Bucknell, Sr.
Caitlin Cremin, Colgate, So.
Elizabeth Watters, Holy Cross, Jr.
Megan Lynch, Holy Cross, Jr.
Amanda Clark, Lehigh, So.
Erin Fortner, Navy, So.