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 HEAD COACH JACK CRIBBIN

Jack Cribbin
Head Coach

Jack Cribbin enters his 16th season as the head coach of Lindenwood’s women’s lacrosse program in 2021, including his 10th with the program at the NCAA level. In 10 seasons at the NCAA level, Cribbin has built Lindenwood into one of the top programs in all of Division II. Cribbin was inducted in the St. Louis Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame on February 13, 2020.

In nine years at the NCAA level, the Lions have won seven conference championships, three conference tournament titles, reached the NCAA Tournament in its first season of eligibility, has six consecutive NCAA postseason appearances, four NCAA semifinal appearances, and finished the season nationally-ranked seven times. Cribbin has earned five conference Coach of the Year honors in those eight seasons, and was the 2017 IWLCA South Region Coach of the Year.

In 2020, Cribbin guided the Lions to a 9-1 start prior to the cancelling of the season due to COVID-19. The team was ranked as high as No. 3 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll and No. 1 in the Nike/US Lacrosse Magazine Poll. Several student-athletes received accolades under Cribbin, with Carly Fedorowski (GLVC Offensive Player of the Week) and Shannon Modl (GLVC Defensive Player of the Week x2) receiving weekly conference honors. Lexy Biller (IWLCA Defensive Player of the Week), Erin McGuire (IWLCA Player of the Week x2), and Modl (IWLCA Defensive Player of the Week) received IWLCA weekly honors throughout the campaign. Eleanor Kast, Emma Wildhart, Biller, Fedorowski, McGuire, and Modl were named 2020 Maverik Division II Media All-Americans for their efforts during the 2020 season.

In 2019, Lindenwood advanced to the NCAA postseason for the sixth consecutive season, and finished with an overall record of 16-3. Lindenwood began the season with 12 consecutive wins, and were ranked as high as No. 4 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll and No. 2 in the Nike/US Lacrosse Magazine Poll. The Lions advanced to the RMAC Tournament Championship game for the fifth consecutive season, ultimately falling to Regis in triple overtime. Lindenwood ranked 14th in the IWLCA Coaches Poll at the conclusion of the season.

The Lions ranked seventh in NCAA Division II in scoring defense, allowing just 7.21 goals per game. Lindenwood outscored its opponents by an average of 7.89 goals per game, the eighth-best mark in the nation.

Lindenwood boasted nine all-RMAC award winners, including three first-team selections. The Lions also claimed three IWLCA all-region performers and two IWLCA All-Americans. Morgan Reader was tabbed as a second-team All-American, while Carly Fedorowski earned third-team All-American honors.

In 2018, Lindenwood finished with a 19-1 record and advanced to the NCAA postseason for the fifth consecutive season. The Lions rattled off 19 straight wins to begin the season, and achieved the first number one ranking in the IWLCA Division II Coaches Poll in program history.

Lindenwood claimed 10 all-RMAC performers in 2018, including five first-team selections. Additionally, the Lions had seven players receive all-region recognition, and four earn All-American status. Sophie Buelow was tabbed as a first-team All-American, Allison Hurley was chosen as a second-team All-American, and Rachel Ortell and Morgan Reader were picked as third-team All-Americans.

In 2017, Lindenwood won 21 games, tying for the second-most in NCAA Division II history. The 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 Lions were the top seed in the South Region. Lindenwood defeated Queens in the NCAA Division II Quarterfinals by an 11-5 score. The Lions advanced to the semifinals for the fourth straight year, before falling in final minute by one goal.

The 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Lions claimed 12th place at nationals

In 2010, Cribbin led the Lions to the program's best season in school history. The 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.

Brian Smith
Associate Head Coach

Brian Smith will begin his 13th year as a member of the Lindenwood women's lacrosse coaching staff in 2021, including his 10th since the team moved from the club to the NCAA level. Smith is actively involved in all aspects of the program and serves as the team’s offensive coordinator.

In 2020, Smith helped guide the Lions to a 9-1 start prior to the cancelling of the season due to COVID-19. The team was ranked as high as No. 3 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll and No. 1 in the Nike/US Lacrosse Magazine Poll.

In 2019, Lindenwood advanced to the NCAA postseason for the sixth consecutive season, and finished with an overall record of 16-3. Lindenwood began the season with 12 consecutive wins, and were ranked as high as No. 4 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll and No. 2 in the Nike/US Lacrosse Magazine Poll. The Lions advanced to the RMAC Tournament Championship game for the fifth consecutive season, ultimately falling to Regis in triple overtime. Lindenwood ranked 14th in the IWLCA Coaches Poll at the conclusion of the season.

Lindenwood boasted nine all-RMAC award winners, including three first-team selections. The Lions also claimed three IWLCA all-region performers and two IWLCA All-Americans. Morgan Reader was tabbed as a second-team All-American, while Carly Fedorowski earned third-team All-American honors.

In 2018, Smith was recognized as the IWLCA Assistant Coach of the Year.

Lindenwood finished the 2018 campaign with a 19-1 record and advanced to the NCAA postseason for the fifth consecutive season. The Lions rattled off 19 straight wins to begin the season, and achieved the first number one ranking in the IWLCA Division II Coaches Poll in program history. The Lion offense averaged 17.80 goals per game, the fifth-highest scoring offense in NCAA Division II.

Lindenwood claimed 10 all-RMAC performers in 2018, including five first-team selections. Additionally, the Lions had seven players receive all-region recognition, and four earn All-American status. Sophie Buelow was tabbed as a first-team All-American, Allison Hurleywas chosen as a second-team All-American, and Rachel Ortell and Morgan Reader were picked as third-team All-Americans.

In 2017, Lindenwood set a school record for wins with 21, which was the second-most in NCAA Division II history. Smith helped the program advance to the NCAA Division II semifinals for the fourth straight year, and it won its sixth straight RMAC Championship. The offense ranked eighth in NCAA Division II with nearly 16 goals a game.

Smith helped two players earned first-team All-American honors in Rachel Benzing and Sophie Buelow. Five offensive players also earned all-region honors and six earned all-RMAC honors. Benzing was the RMAC Offensive Player of the Year, and Maria Johnson was the RMAC Freshman of the Year.

In 2016, Smith helped Lindenwood to a third-straight appearance in the NCAA Division II Semifinals, and the team also won a RMAC Championship and RMAC Tournament Championship. The Lady Lions ranked 13th in the nation with 14.42 goals a game, and they had the sixth-best scoring margin in the nation.

Smith guided three Lady Lions to earning first-team All-American honors, including first-team accolades for Jordyn Constance. Constance was also the RMAC Midfielder of the Year, and six offensive players earned all-RMAC honors.

In 2015, Smith was the architect of the No. 1 scoring offense in NCAA Division II as the Lady Lions averaged 16.14 goals a game. Smith’s offense helped Lindenwood go 19-2 on the season, win both the RMAC Championship and RMAC Tournament Championship, and advance to the NCAA Division II Tournament for the second straight season. The Lady Lions scored 14 goals, the most in the 2015 NCAA Division II Tournament, in a first-round win, which allowed the team to advance to the semifinals for the second time in program history.

Smith helped Melissa Menchella, Lindenwood’s all-time leading scorer, be named a first-team All-American, and midfielder Jordyn Constance was a third-team All-American. Sophie Buelow was the RMAC Midfielder of the Year, and six attacks and midfielders on Lindenwood’s roster earned all-RMAC honors.

In 2014, Smith was part of a program that advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history, and was the first program west of the Mississippi River to make the NCAA Division II Tournament field. The Lady Lions won their first-round game to advance to the semifinals, and became the first team in any sport at Lindenwood to advance to the final site of a NCAA Tournament. Lindenwood’s national run ended in the semifinals with an overtime loss.

Lindenwood finished the 2014 season with a 15-4 overall record and it won a third conference championship with a perfect 5-0 mark. Offensively, the team ranked 12th in the nation with nearly 15 goals a game. Two offensive players were named second-team All-Americans in attack Menchella and midfielder Melissa Smith. Menchella was also the RMAC Player of the Year, while Smith was the RMAC Midfielder of the Year. Joining Smith and Menchella on the RMAC First-Team was midfielder Erin Abbott. Three other midfielders and one other attack were named to the All-RMAC squads.

In 2013, Smith helped Lindenwood go 15-2 overall and it won its second straight conference championship with a 10-0 record. The Lady Lions also entered the NCAA Division II national rankings for the first time as a NCAA program. Smith led Lindenwood’s offense to being the number one scoring team in the nation with 18.2 goals a game. He helped attacker Shelby Polk earn second-team all-region honors, the first all-region player in Lindenwood history, and Polk was also named the WILA Offensive Player of the Year. Five other attackers and midfielders were also named to the all-conference lists.

In 2012, Smith played a big role in Lindenwood winning the WILA Championship with a perfect 8-0 record, and for the team finishing its first season against NCAA competition with a 15-2 mark. The Lady Lions were the highest scoring team in the WILA by averaging nearly 18 goals a game, and they would have been the highest scoring team in NCAA Division II if they were eligible for the national statistics. Smith helped coach Lexi Crusha to Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors, and seven attackers and midfielders were named to one of the all-conference teams.

Prior to the 2012 season, Smith was awarded the Women's Committment Award from the St. Louis Missouri Chapter of US Lacrosse.

In Smith’s offensive system, Lindenwood has had some of the most potent offenses in school history at the club level, including its highest scoring season (2009) and its highest goal per game average (2010). Under his guidance during those years, the offense produced two WCLA Attack Player of the Year awards, six All-Americans, and three All-Tournament members. From 2009-11, he and Cribbin posted a 56-18 record and winning percentage of .757.

During his playing career, Smith was a midfielder for the Mitchell College men’s team in New London, Conn. before transferring to Lindenwood. While at Mitchell, he served as team captain and was awarded first-team all-New England honors. As a member of Lindenwood’s inaugural team, Smith helped the Lions to two undefeated regular seasons (2003, 2005), two Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference titles (2003, 2005), and a trip to the MDIA National Tournament in 2005. He was named GRLC first-team All-Conference in 2003 and 2005, GRLC Championship Game MVP in 2003, and served as team captain in 2005. Smith was also awarded the Coaches Leadership award in 2005.

Smith continued his post-collegiate playing career playing for Brave Lacrosse, and in 2010 was awarded the Show-Me State Games Male Athlete of the Year.

Smith graduated from Lindenwood in 2005 with a bachelor of arts degree in sports management