Former lacrosse standout to be recognized with bobblehead, jersey retirement


Vladislava Milutinovic’ Reporter
Jan. 14, 2016; 2:45 p.m.

Alumna Melissa Menchella

Lindenwood lacrosse player and alumna Melissa Menchella will be recognized this spring with the retirement of her No. 22 jersey and a bobblehead.

Menchella, who graduated in 2015, set the school record in goals, scoring 183, and 50 assists.

She got several awards for her performance on and off the field, including NCAA DII Lacrosse Student-Athlete of the Year, NCAA Elite 89 Award Winner, Lindenwood’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year, First Team All-American, and First-Team Academic All-American.

“Melissa is the most decorated lacrosse player in Lindenwood University history, while also graduating with a 3.94 GPA,” head coach Jack Cribbin said. “Melissa has always given back and is a member of The Fellowship of Christian Athletes.”

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Alumna Melissa Menchella handles the ball during a lacrosse game.

Look-alike bobbleheads of Menchella, wearing a no. 22 jersey along with face paint and holding a lacrosse stick, will be passed out to the first 500 spectators to arrive at the game vs. Limestone College on March 20.

“It’s also our biggest home game of the year, and we are hoping by having this promotion it will add to the attendance and atmosphere of the game for the student-athletes,” Cribbin said.