Making Strides

Meredith Moore, FCS Alumnus, Looks to Help Presbyterian Program Grow

It's unfortunate that COVID-19 cut short the Presbyterian College women's lacrosse team's season, because the Blue Hose team was making improvements.

The Blue finished the year 2-5 overall, but won two out of its first three matches on the 2020 season. Head coach Eric Clakeley led Presbyterian to more wins in his first season with the program than the 2019 team that finished 1-16.

"We had a great season," said Moore, a 2018 graduate of FCS. "We had a new coach, and he was spectacular. He's laying a solid foundation, and adds stability."

Moore recalls the team's two wins in the first three matches.

"We rallied from 3-4 goals down against Akron to win in overtime," she said. "It was very disappointing to get the season cut short because we were approaching the good part of the schedule. Our team had a lot more confidence, and were better prepared."

The Blue Hose notched an early win against Howard at home (19-5 on Feb. 7) before the team beat Akron, 10-9, on Feb. 14, to go 2-1.

In 2020, Moore started all seven games for the Blue Hose and notched six ground balls, one draw control and caused one turnover. Half of her season's ground balls and both the draw control and turnover came in the victory over Howard.

Moore played in 16 games as a freshman and made nine starts. She registered an assist in a home win over Delaware State on March 8, and at Wagner University on March 24. That season she earned 10 ground balls and caused four turnovers.

Moore really saw quite a difference from her freshman year to her sophomore campaign.

"My sophomore year was awesome," the 5-foot-5 junior defenseman said. "It was so much fun. I have learned a lot. Really I have grown in lacrosse at Presbyterian. I keep on improving, and so does our team. We grew a lot as a team and in community with each other."

That sense of teamwork has helped Moore hone in some goals for the 2021 campaign.

"As a junior I want to be a leader," she said. "I want to lead in little ways. Our team's goal is to make the conference tourney. The top 4-5 teams advance."

Moore is scheduled to report back to Clinton, S.C., on Aug. 7, and begin practices with the Blue Hose a few days later.

Presbyterian, which became a Division I women's lacrosse program several years ago, competes in the Big South Conference.

Moore's younger sister, Suzanne, graduated from FCS this spring and is headed to play collegiate lacrosse at NCAA Division II Young Harris College in the mountains of north Georgia.

"It's amazing," Meredith said. "I am so proud of her. It's exciting to know she'll be playing college lacrosse and getting that experience too. The sad part is we probably won't face each other in college."

What advice does the older Moore have for her younger sister?

"You need to be ready to work hard and grind a lot," she said. "You aren't a big fish in a small pond anymore. You're going to be facing athletes who are very skilled, so you need to be ready and be willing to listen and learn from others."

Meredith Moore, a junior economics major, spent the summer as a nanny for a Columbia, S.C. family.

(Photo courtesy of Presbyterian College)