We continue our alumni spotlight interviews with a standout women's lacrosse player and exceptional all-around individual, 2016 alumna Moira Mahoney. Moira, who achieved great success on the field, believes she actually became a much better individual off the field because of the work and guidance of one person in particular, current women's lacrosse Head Coach Kim Masimore.
Moira grew up in Radnor, Pennsylvania, one of the lacrosse hot beds of the Main Line, and picked up a sport no one else in her family had ever tried. You guessed it, women's lacrosse. Moira recalled "all of my friends were playing it so naturally I wanted to play."
Much like the previous stories shared thus far, Moira had never heard of Dickinson but a chance meeting at a lacrosse camp at the Red Devils rival Franklin & Marshall College Moira met an assistant women's coach and was convinced to take a visit. The rest as they say is history, "I immediately feel in love with the campus," Moira said. "I loved every single thing about it. From the small campus to the limestone wall surrounding the campus, I just loved being there."
It was a match made in heaven for Moira and the Red Devils! Moira excelled both on and off the field, majoring in English and looking to pursue a career in teaching. On the field Moira helped build the program into a conference contender, pushing herself and her teammates to achieve new heights both as athletes but maybe even more importantly as people.
Moira remembered that the lessons coach Masimore taught her and her teammates have stuck with her throughout her life. "Coach Lowry," as Moira still calls her, saying "I keep forgetting she's married but she will always be Coach Lowry to me," with a laugh and shake of her head. "Coach Lowry wasn't just a coach, she was that person when I needed to talk to someone. She was a mom when I needed a mom figure," Moira said. "I can remember just having days when I just needed to be around someone and we wouldn't even talk but I would just sit in her office and we would do our work. Knowing she cared about me growing from a girl into a young woman made me feel loved and cared for."
Now as a high school teacher in Denver, Colorado as well as a women's lacrosse coach herself, Moira is taking those lessons, conversations, and opportunities to teach young women to heart just like coach Maismore did with her not too long ago.
A student-athlete, a friend, a teammate, an All-American, but above all a Red Devil. Moira has been a lot of things since her arrival in Carlisle, Pa. in 2012 but she takes pride in what she is now and found a passion not just from a school or a team or a professor but from one of the most important individuals, who she feels lucky enough to call more than a coach but a friend, Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Kim Masimore.
Check out the video below to view Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing & Administration Justin Farrell's full sit down interview with Moira Mahoney.