Kansas City, Mo. – Saint Xavier University senior kicker Tom Lynch (Frankfort, Ill./Southern Illinois University/Joliet JC/Lincoln-Way East) was named the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Special Teams Player of the Week late Monday for his record-setting performance in Saturday's 75-33 home win over Taylor University (Ind.). It is the second time this season that Lynch has earned the national honor after claiming it back on October 3 following his five field goals, including a 50-yarder, in a 42-31 road victory against then-No. 2 ranked University of Saint Francis (Ind.) on October 1.
Lynch scored nearly a third of SXU's total points himself Saturday en route to setting a new school, MSFA and NAIA record for points in a game by a kicker with 21 (4 FGs, 9 XPs). The previous NAIA single-game mark was 20 points set twice, once in 1982 and again in 1986. The 2010 Fred Mitchell Award winner also became Saint Xavier's all-time leading scorer Saturday surpassing former Saint Xavier kicker Shane Longest (2004-07), who finished with 317 career points. Lynch now has 322 career points. Two of his field goals Saturday were over 40 yards (42, 48). Lynch currently leads all levels of college football (NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA) in scoring by a kicker with 91 points (14 FG, 49 XPs).
SXU (8-0 overall/3-0 MSFA) heads to Ann Arbor, Mich., on Saturday, October 29, for a MSFA Mideast League match-up against Concordia University (Mich.). The game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. (eastern) start at River Rat Stadium in Ann Arbor.