Melissa Lantz
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Melissa Lantz

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Wildwood, Mo.

High School:
Lafayette High

Height:
5-7

Position:
Forward

At Missouri State: Melissa Lantz's third year with the Bears was a breakout season. Lantz jumped onto the career goals scored list, tying Abbey Rolfe at the No. 15 spot with 23 career goals. After coming into the season with only six career goals, she put up 17 in the 2008 season, finishing 24th in the nation in goals per game (0.81). Lantz also tied for the team lead with six assists, had three game-winning goals and four games with multiple goals. Her two goals against Appalachian State (Aug. 31) and one goal against Robert Morris (Sept. 1) earned her MAC player of the week honors for the first week of the season. She was also named to the MAC All-Conference second team. Lantz was 28th nationally in points per game (1.95). Starting every game in the 2007 season, Lantz took 43 shots with 20 on goal, for a .465 SOG percentage. Lantz played in 18 matches with 17 starts her freshman year, scoring three goals, two of which were game-winners, and had two assists for eight points.

Background: Lantz came to the Bears as a four-year letterwinner in field hockey and soccer and a two-year letterwinner in basketball at Lafayette High. In her four years at Lafayette, she helped her team to four straight Public School Championships and final fours in 2002 and 2004. As a senior, Lantz broke the school record with five goals in a game. She was second in scoring in St. Louis with 28 goals and 14 assists and second in scoring in Lafayette school history with 83 goals and 49 assists. Lantz was named all-conference first team, all-metro second team, was a team captain and a senior all-star game selection. As a junior, she was the leading scorer in St. Louis with 30 goals and 16 assists and was named all-conference first team and all-metro. In her sophomore season, she was fourth in scoring in St. Louis with 19 goals and 11 assists. Lantz was also an honorable mention all-metro selection.

Personal: Lantz was born Oct. 5, 1987, in St. Louis, Mo. She is the daughter of Mike and Nina Lantz. Lantz has a 3.23 GPA in Physical Education.

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