Laura Moan, a January 2010 inductee into The Greater Baltimore
Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame, was named the head coach
of Susquehanna University's women's lacrosse team in November 2008
and completed her fifth season at SU in 2013.
The 2013 season was one for the ages, as Moan and the Crusaders won a program-record 17 games, captured its first-ever Landmark Conference title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Following the regular season, Moan and assistant coach Katie Zichelli were named the Coaching Staff of the Year, five players received All-Conference recognition and senior goalie Emily Stankaitis earned All-America status.
In 2012, Moan and her staff garnered Landmark Conference
Coaching Staff of the Year honors and led a squad that included
four All-League players.
Prior to take over at Susquehanna, Moan was the head women's lacrosse coach and a physical education instructor at Division III SUNY Oneonta from 2001 to 2007, earning State University of New York Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors in 2003.
Before her time at Oneonta, she served as the head women's
lacrosse coach at Division III Marymount University (Va.) from 1999
to 2001, and at DIII St. Mary's College of Maryland, where she head
coached the women's lacrosse and field hockey teams from 1997 to
Moan was also the head coach of the Selinsgrove, Pa., girls lacrosse club team in 2008.
She has been a member of numerous national committees, including the NCAA women's lacrosse championships and NCAA regional advisory committees. She chaired the championships committee from 2003 to 2005, and she is still an NCAA championships site representative.
Moan served in various roles within the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association from 1997 to 2007, sitting on committees to select all-star game players and all-region and All-America honorees. Moan was a US Lacrosse grant committee member from 2006 to 2007, a SUNYAC sport committee chairperson from 2005 to 2006 and a Capital Athletic Conference sport committee chairperson from 1997 to 2001.
Entering 2012, she has compiled a 114-95 career record in 13years of coaching women's college lacrosse, including three straight double-digit-win seasons from 2002 to 2004 at Oneonta. The Red Dragons were 11-4 in 2003, with the 11 wins being the highest single-season total in program history. Her 2004 team qualified for Eastern College Athletic Conference postseason play.
Moan coached Marymount to seven wins in 2000, which was more wins than the team's previous three seasons combined. Her 1998 and 1999 St. Mary's teams posted a combined 28-7 record and made two trips to the NCAA championships. The 1998 team was ranked as high as No. 9 in Division III, while the 1999 Seahawks got as high as No. 5. Moan was the CAC and an IWLCA regional Coach of the Year for both of those seasons and coached the 1998 and 1999 CAC Rookies and Players of the Year.
She played lacrosse for four years as the starting goalkeeper for Division I Boston College. She graduated from Boston College in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education and earned a Master of Education degree in athletic administration and leadership from Goucher College in 2000.
Katie Zichelli completed her second year under head women’s lacrosse coach Laura Moan in 2012-13, a season in which Moan and Zichelli were named the Landmark Conference Co-Coaching Staff of the Year.
Zichelli was named the Intercollegiate Women's
Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Outstanding Assistant Coach
for the Division III level at the annual IWLCA awards
Zichelli and head coach Laura Moan helped guide their 2013 team to its winningest season in program history. The Crusaders finished with a 17-1 record, won their first-ever Landmark Conference title and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Moan and Zichelli were tabbed the Landmark Conference Coaching Staff of the Year and Moan went on to be named the IWLCA Broadwalk Region Coach of the Year.
Zichelli was a four-year member of the Lock Haven women’s lacrosse team (2008-2011) where she enjoyed a prolific career. Several of her accomplishments include being a three-time First-Team All-America player, earning All-America Second-Team honors as a rookie, being named Division II synapsesports.com Defender of the Year honors (2010, 2011) and receiving the 2009 Division II Defender of the Year honors. Lock Haven was a national finalist in 2009 and 2010 and was PSAC champion from 2009-2011.
Zichelli graduated in May 2011 with a degree in management and marketing.