March 14, 2007

Moore Enjoys Final Year for Women’s Lax

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Being a varsity athlete is a special opportunity few people get to experience in their lives. Senior lacrosse attacker Lindsey Moore truly appreciates this fact.

A member of the team for four years, Moore has played through successful seasons, and some of the less successful ones. But the reason why she plays lacrosse has never changed. Moore loves to win and she loves to have fun — quite simply, she loves lacrosse.

Growing up in Syracuse, a very lacrosse-friendly region of upstate New York, Moore’s high school lacrosse team was a three-time defending state champion. In 2003, Moore was the most valuable offensive player of the N.Y. state high school tournament and was named team MVP.

A soccer player first, when Moore decided to pursue lacrosse seriously, it marked an important turning point in her life.

“Lacrosse has had a huge impact on my life and the decisions I’ve made,” Moore said.

Recruited by Cornell head coach Jenny Graap ’86, Moore has never doubted her choice to play for Cornell.

She went for a tour of the campus and knew that this was the place for her to play.

“I loved the atmosphere, I loved the girls and I knew I was in the right place,” she said.

As a sophomore, Moore ranked fourth on the team in goals scored, and scored two or more points on seven occasions.

Moore continued to add to her reputation as a scoring threat as a junior, and was credited with scoring the game-winning goal three times during the season.

“Last year was really a growing season. We weren’t trying to get to ahead of ourselves,” Moore said. “We had some early losses that really helped us figure out what we needed to change.”

It worked. The team won the Ivy League championship that year, before losing to Notre Dame in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Moore said that one really important aspect of a successful team is the chemistry.

“Chemistry off the field as well as on the field really takes your game to new heights,” she said. “Plus, it’s a lot more fun when everyone gets along.”

This will be her last season playing for the Red. She said besides wanting to achieve the team goals of a repeat Ivy championship, and earning a Final Four spot, her personal goals are a little bit simpler.

“Actually, I’m just having as much fun as possible. I’m just having fun with all the girls,” she said.