Married to Winning

Stewart and Laura Moan will remember Saturday, May 4, 2013, with nothing but fond memories.

The couple saw their youngest child, Lucy, receive her first Holy Communion that morning. Hours later, Laura, the head coach of the Susquehanna University women’s lacrosse team, guided the 11th-ranked Crusaders to their first-ever Landmark Conference championship title.

Laura, her two children, friends and family sat in the stands just several hours later to watch her husband, Stewart, and his Susquehanna men’s lacrosse team win its own Landmark Conference title, the first championship in program history.

Stewart is in his sixth year at the helm of the men’s program while Laura is in her fifth year as the head coach of the women’s team. Stewart took the job at Susquehanna prior to the start of the 2007-08 academic year. Laura stayed home with their two young children, George and Lucy, for that first year before the women’s lacrosse head coaching position opened at Susquehanna. Laura applied, got the job and ever since then the couple has been working together.

Both took over programs that needed the energy and fresh perspective of new head coaches, and both programs received just that.

“Stewart and Laura’s extensive experience, strong leadership and passion for lacrosse provided the framework for elevating the competitiveness of our teams,” Susquehanna Director of Athletics Pam Samuelson said. “This is an incredibly exciting time in SU Lacrosse and it is a direct result of their efforts.”

Stewart guided the men’s team to a program-record 11-win season in 2011 and was named the Landmark Conference Coach of the Year that May.

Now just two years later, Stewart and his team found themselves competing in their first-ever conference championship game. Last Saturday’s 6-3 home win over the United States Merchant Marine Academy in the Landmark Conference title game made this 2013 season the most successful in program history. It is not over yet as the Crusaders continue play in the NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Tournament on May 8.

Laura, meanwhile, has seen her team earn national recognition the past two seasons. This year the Crusaders women’s lacrosse team is ranked 11th in the nation, its highest ranking in program history, and has a perfect 17-0 record to date, marking the most wins in team history.

The women’s lacrosse team made its second-straight Landmark Conference championship game appearance this past Saturday. This year, however, Susquehanna found itself on the winning side as the team defeated defending champion Catholic by a 16-9 score.

Like Stewart’s team, Laura and her players will see their season continue. They received a bid to the NCAA Division III Women’s Lacrosse Tournament and are primed to make a deep run at that event.

Saturday’s wins were made even sweeter by the fact that Stewart’s 90-year-old father and extended family and friends were in town. He was able to watch his granddaughter receive her first Holy Communion and both his son and daughter-in-law win championship titles.

The Moans certainly hope their seasons get extended far beyond their first-round games on Wednesday, May 8, but no matter the outcomes of their remaining games, Saturday, May 4 combined family and Susquehanna athletics in the best possible way.