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THE ALUMNI MAGAZINE OF NORWICH UNIVERSITY

Following a junior year slump, the standout centerfielder studied abroad in Barcelona, returning to play the best baseball of his career

Outfielder Kevin Lynch ’19 batted .383 in his final year as a Cadet, regaining his form after a semester spent 3,600 miles from campus in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Mark Collier.)
Outfielder Kevin Lynch ’19 batted .383 in his final year as a Cadet, regaining his form after a semester spent 3,600 miles from campus in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Mark Collier.)

Kevin Lynch ’19 will likely rank among the best outfielders in Norwich baseball history. But if it weren’t for a semester abroad in Spain during the fall of his senior year, his Norwich career could have ended much differently. 

As a rook, Lynch earned his spot as the Cadets’ starting centerfielder. The Randolph, Massachusetts, native played in all 35 games that season, earning third-team all-conference honors. He matched that feat his sophomore year, leading his team with 39 hits while playing in nearly every game.

But Lynch hit a rough patch his junior year. Logging career lows in hits and runs scored, Lynch attributed the slump to “the hardest and most jam-packed (year) of my collegiate career.”

It was a perfect storm of challenging academics, athletics and leadership commitments in the Corps of Cadets and Student Govern­ment Association. Lynch made his way through. But as a player, he knew he needed to take a step back and reevaluate his prior­ities.

“Coming back from Spain made me want to give even more — both in the classroom and on the field.”
— Kevin Lynch ’19, Norwich centerfielder

Last fall, he was able to get that fresh perspective as a study abroad student in Barcelona, Spain.

“I was able to take my mind off a lot of things (t)here,” he says.

It didn’t hurt, either, that while it was snowing in Vermont, he could play soccer or hang out on a beach with friends after classes.

“It was a perfect time to get away,” he says.

The experience rejuvenated him, both as a student and as a play­er.

“Coming back from Spain made me want to give even more — both in the classroom and on the field,” he says.

Head Baseball Coach Frank Pecora noticed the change in Lynch nearly the instant he returned to cam­pus. “He missed our fall sea­son to study abroad,” Pecora says, “and I could just tell that he wanted very much to be a part of the program again.”

Lynch showed that desire earlier this spring during his final season as a Cadet out­fielder. He led the team in nearly every offensive statis­tic: hits, runs, doubles, tri­ples, RBIs, walks, stolen bases, batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and plate ap­pearances. He also played in every game, all 31 of them.

Lynch’s standout season performance also earned him second-team All-GNAC honors and his second cameo on the conference all-defen­sive team. With graduation now behind him, Lynch is testing his leadership mettle as a 2nd Lt. in the Army. There, he’s poised once again to take advantage of new horizons and a fresh per­spective.

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