Lindenwood Announces Recruits for 2012 Season

Lindenwood University coach Jack Cribbin has announced the addition of eight student-athletes for the 2012 season.

Renee Abrolat (Ballwin, Mo), Danielle Budde (Poway, Calif.), Caitlyn Kumkey (Phelps, N.Y.), Taylor Mayeda (Cranberry Township, Pa.), Jamie Miller (House Springs, Mo), Melissa Menchella (Ellisville, Mo.), Lindsay Palmer (Whitby, Ontario - Canada), and Grace Zuniga (Chesterfield, Mo.) will enroll at Lindenwood this fall and play their first varsity season in the spring of 2012.

"We are very excited about this dynamic class," Cribbin said. "This is an extremely athletic and passionate group. We are encouraged by the quality of character and academic dedication these young ladies will bring to the program."

Renee Abrolat
Position: Attack
Height: 5'8
Hometown: Ballwin, Mo
High School: Marquette
Club Team: STL Brave Elite
Major: Exercise Science
Notes: A First Team All PSLA conference selection in 2011, also served as team captain for Marquette. A three sport athlete in high school who competed in field hockey, basketball and lacrosse. Played club lacrosse for STL Brave Elite.

Danielle Budde
Position: Attack/Midfield
Height: 5'7
Hometown: Poway, Calif.
High School: Poway
Club Team: Starz Elite
Major: Elementary Education
Notes: A 2011 Second Team All League, All Academic, and Unsung Hero Award Selection. Competed in the West Coast Premier League. A two sport athlete at Poway who also played field hockey while serving as a captain for both teams. Played club lacrosse for Starz Elite.

Caitlyn Kumkey
Position: Defense
Height: 5'9
Hometown: Phelps, N.Y.
High School: Midlakes
Previous School: Monroe CC
Major: Biology
Notes: Won two NJCAA National Titles at Monroe CC. A 2011 All Western New York Athletic Conference second team defensive selection. A three sport athlete in high school playing soccer, basketball, and lacrosse.

Taylor Mayeda
Position: Midfield/Attack
Height: 5'6
Hometown: Cranberry Township, Pa.
High School: Seneca Valley
Club Team: Midwestern Force
Major: Exercise Science
Notes: A product of the Midwestern Force club program, scored 46 points on 35 goals and 11 assists while helping Seneca Valley to a 15-5 record and the WPIAL Title. She was also an All Academic Team, Division All Star, and First Team WPIAL selection.

Melissa Menchella
Position: Midfield
Height: 5'6
Hometown: Ellisville, Mo.
High School: Eureka
Club Team: STL Brave Elite
Major: Physical Education
Notes: The 2011 St. Louis Post Dispatch Lacrosse Athlete of the Year, First Team All State, and First Team All PSLA conference selection. She led Eureka to a third place finish in the State Championships, their highest ranking in school history. Lead the State of Missouri in scoring with 116 points on 96 goals and 20 assists. She also served as team captain.

Jamie Miller
Position: Defense
Height: 5'9
Hometown: House Springs, Mo.
High School: Eureka
Club Team: N/A
Major: Physical Education
Notes: A relative newcomer to the sport of lacrosse, a former soccer standout. Recorded 19 ground balls in 2011 for Eureka. High school teammate of Melissa Menchella, anchored the defense to a third place finish in the State Championship tournament.

Lindsey Palmer
Position: Midfield/Defense
Height: 5'7
Hometown: Whitby, Ontario - Canada
High School: Henry Street
Club Team: Oshawa Lady Blue Knights
Major: Exercise Science
Notes: A former member of U19 Team Canada, she also played club for the Oshawa Blue Knights. A two sport athlete in lacrosse and ice hockey at Henry Street. Palmer was a two time Henry Street Female Athlete of the Year recipient.

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