|Hometown:||West Newton, MA|
|High School:||Newton North|
A true veteran in her defensive position, Mendel's experience and leadership will provide great strength to the defensive unit. She's a stalwart defender with great anticipation and game sense ... Named to the 2004 Canadian National Team ... 2003: Selected to the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll ... Posted two goals and two assists for four points ... Made appearances in all 14 games, starting in 13 ... Picked up 12 ground balls, 10th on the team ... Was 5th on the team with 11 caused turnovers ... Also won two draw controls ... 2002: Started all 14 of Brown's games ... Led the team with 39 ground balls and 25 caused turnovers ... Also had nine draw controls ... 2001: Mendel gained valuable experience in the backfield as a rookie, appearing in 15 games and earning 13 starts ... Picked up 31 ground balls, seventh on the team, and had 12 caused turnovers, fifth on the team ... Also won three draw controls ... Before Brown: A fouryear member of the women's lacrosse team at Newton North High School, Mendel also played soccer and was a member of the ski team for two years ... A captain for her lacrosse team as a senior, she was also selected as a First Team Bay State All-Star ... Personal: The daughter of Jeffrey and Beth Mendel, Debbie has two sisters, Amy, 24, a recent graduate of Brown, and Amanda, 18 ... Her father is also a Brown graduate ... Concentrating in Developmental Studies.