Jack Cribbin enters his 14th season as the head coach of Lindenwood’s women’s lacrosse program in 2019, including his eighth with the program at the NCAA level. In eight seasons at the NCAA level, Cribbin has built Lindenwood into one of the top programs at the NCAA Division II level.
Cribbin has a 102-15 overall record since the program has joined the NCAA, including a perfect 44-0 record in conference games. In six years, the Lady Lions have won six conference championships, two conference tournament titles, reached the NCAA Tournament in its first season of eligibility, has four NCAA semifinal appearances, and finished the season nationally-ranked five times. Cribbin has earned four conference Coach of the Year honors in those six seasons, and was the 2017 IWLCA South Region Coach of the Year.
Last season, Lindenwood won 21 games, tying for the second-most in NCAA Division II history. The Lady Lions had a perfect 19-0 regular season, which included wins over eight nationally-ranked teams, including No. 1 Florida Southern. Lindenwood won the RMAC Championship with a 9-0 mark.
After finishing second in the RMAC Tournament, the Lady Lions were the top seed in the South Region. Lindenwood defeated Queens in the NCAA Division II Quarterfinals by an 11-5 score. The Lady Lions advanced to the semifinals for the fourth straight year, before falling in final minute by one goal.
The Lady Lions ranked in the top-10 nationally in both scoring offense and scoring defense.
Four players earned All-American honors, including first-team accolades for Erin Abbott, Rachel Benzing, and Sophie Buelow. Eight players earned all-region honors and 11 earned all-RMAC accolades. Abbott was the RMAC Defensive Player of the Year, Benzing was the RMAC Offensive Player of the Year, Rachel Ortell was the conference Goalie of the Year, and Maria Johnson was the Rookie of the Year. Cribbin was honored as the RMAC co-Coach of the Year.
Academically, Judd repeated as a NCAA Elite 90 Award winner, and was a first-team Academic All-American. Abbott and Benzing were RMAC first-team all-academic members, and ten other Lady Lions were named to the RMAC honor roll.
Cribbin led Lindenwood to a 17-3 record in 2016 and the season ended with a third straight trip to the NCAA Division II Semifinals. Lindenwood won the RMAC with a perfect 6-0 record and it won the RMAC Tournament after a 9-8 win over Regis in the championship game. Lindenwood hosted the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, including a 13-4 win over Queens to advance to the final site of the national tournament.
Lindenwood’s defense was one of the top stories in 2016, as the team lowered its GAA by nearly half a point. The Lady Lions ranked sixth in NCAA Division II in scoring defense and seven in caused turnovers per game. The team still had a high-powered offense, scoring over 14 goals a game and ranking 13th nationally.
A program record four players were named All-Americans, including first-team honors for Erin Abbott and Jordyn Constance. Seven players were all-region selections, and ten earned all-RMAC awards. Included in the RMAC awards were three players receiving position player of the year honors.
In the classroom, five women’s lacrosse players were named to the RMAC first-team all-academic team and two others were on the RMAC Honor Roll. Morgan Judd was named the RMAC Academic Player of the Year, and she received the RMAC Summit Award and the NCAA Elite 90 honor.
2015 was the top season in Lindenwood history as the Lady Lions were ranked in the top four nationally throughout the season. Lindenwood finished with a 19-2 overall record and it advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament for the second straight season. In the national tournament, the Lady Lions defeated Florida Southern in overtime to advance to the semifinals. Lindenwood won the RMAC Championship with a perfect 6-0 record, and it won the RMAC Tournament by winning both games by double-figure points.
Cribbin led Lindenwood to having the No. 1 scoring offense in the country with 16.14 goals a game. The Lady Lions ranked eighth nationally by allowing just 7.38 goals a game. The program went 7-2 against nationally-ranked teams during the season, and the only setbacks came against NCAA finalist Lock Haven.
Three Lindenwood players earned All-American honors in 2015, including the first two first-team All-Americans in Melissa Menchella and Bailey Knapton. Six players were all-region honorees, and ten players were named to one of the all-RMAC teams. Included in the conference awards were Lindenwood winning five of the six major awards, including Cribbin being the RMAC Coach of the Year.
Academically, three Lady Lions were RMAC first-team all-academic picks, and seven others earned RMAC Honor Roll honors. Menchella became the first women’s lacrosse player to earn Academic All-American honors as she captured first-team accolades. Menchella was also named the Lindenwood Female Student-Athlete of the Year.
In 2014, Lindenwood made NCAA Division II women’s lacrosse history when it became the first program west of the Mississippi River to make the NCAA Division II National Tournament. The Lady Lions were the fourth seed in the NCAA Region and advanced to the NCAA semifinals with a 14-8 upset over No. 1 seed Limestone in the first-round. The women’s lacrosse team became the first program at Lindenwood to advance to a final national championship site. In the national semifinals, the Lady Lions nearly advanced to the championship game in their first season of eligibility before falling 10-9 in overtime to Lock Haven.
Lindenwood faced one of its toughest schedule in program history with eight games against nationally-ranked teams, including five against top-five programs. The Lady Lions won the first game in program history over a ranked team with an 18-11 win over No. 15 Indiana of Pennsylvania, and they earned their first top-five win with a 13-9 road victory at Florida Southern. The Lady Lions finished the season ranked fourth in the national poll, and they had an overall record of 15-4.
Lindenwood’s conference received a new name in 2014 as it joined the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC). The results were the same though as the Lady Lions went 5-0 and captured another conference title.
Cribbin helped three Lindenwood players earn All-American honors, the first three in program history to be tabbed NCAA All-Americans. Christine Hehmeyer, Melissa Menchella, and Melissa Smith were all second-team selections. Smith and Menchella were also first-team all-region picks, and Hehmeyer was a second-team all-region selection. Ten Lady Lions were named all-conference players, including four first-team picks. Menchella was the RMAC Player of the Year, and Smith was the RMAC Midfielder of the Year.
Off the field in 2014, Menchella received the prestigious NCAA Elite 89 award. Eleven players received RMAC Academic Awards, including Erin Abbott, Menchella, Jamie Miller, and Smith all being named to the 12-person RMAC All-Academic team.
Not only did the Lady Lions win their second straight WILA Championship in 2013, but they also broke into the NCAA Division II national rankings for the first time. Lindenwood was ranked No. 15 in the April 16 ranking and remained in that spot for the rest of the season.
The team finished the season with a 15-2 overall record and it had a perfect WILA record at 10-0. Both losses came against teams that eventually reached the NCAA semifinals. Lindenwood had the highest scoring offense in NCAA Division II and also led the nation in scoring margin and draw control victories. The Lady Lions also had the eighth-ranked defense in NCAA Division II.
Jack Cribbin was named the WILA Coach of the Year for the second straight season. Nine Lindenwood players earned all-conference honors, including four first-team selections. Shelby Polk was also named the WILA Offensive Player of the Year and she earned second-team all-region honors, the first Lindenwood player to be named to an all-region team. Fourteen players earned the conference’s Academic all-WILA award.
In 2012, Cribbin’s team turned heads nation-wide during its debut season at the NCAA Division II level. Lindenwood went 15-2 overall and won the WILA Championship with a perfect 8-0 record. The conference championship was the first for any Lindenwood sports at the NCAA level.
Cribbin was named the WILA Coach of the Year and he coached the Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year in the conference. Eleven players were named to one of the all-conference teams, including five first-team selections. Off the playing field, six players received the conference’s academic award and one was named an Academic All-District by CoSIDA.
Prior to 2012, Cribbin led Lindenwood for six years in the Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (WCLA). Lindenwood had a 100-41 record in those seasons and Cribbin led Lindenwood to five national championship tournament appearances. He coached the Lady Lions to 15 All-American Awards, 19 All-Academic Awards, one CPWLL Female Athlete of the Year, one CPWLL Player of the Year, two WDIA Player of the Year, two Lindenwood Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year, and 17 all-conference awards.
In 2011, Cribbin led Lindenwood to its fifth straight national tournament appearance after going 13-4 during the regular season. The Lady Lions claimed 12th place at nationals
In 2010, Cribbin led the Lady Lions to the program's best season in school history. The Lady Lions finished in fourth place in the WDIA National Tournament while also winning the WCLL championship for the second consecutive season. Cribbin was named the National Coach of the Year in 2010.
Cribbin performed on the field as a goalkeeper for the Lindenwood men’s team from 2003-2005. During his playing career, he helped the Lions win two Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference titles (2003, 2005) and earn a trip to the MDIA National Tournament in 2005. He was named to the GRLC All-Conference Team in 2004, and also spent two years as a captain. He was also a two-year recipient of the “Heart of the Lion Award”, which is given annually to the Lindenwood lacrosse player who demonstrates the most commitment to the team. The award was renamed in his honor on April 17, 2005.
Cribbin graduated from Lindenwood in 2005 with a degree in business administration, and in 2006 he completed his masters in corporate communications at Lindenwood.