Congratulations to PA 2020 player Mack Moore, who has committed to play lacrosse and study at the University of Colorado Boulder. A dynamic attacker, Moore is set to make an impact for the Buffalos and will play for Head Coach Anne Elliot Whidden, a 7x NCAA champion who was named PAC-12 Coach of the Year in 2018.
“Mack has grown into a tremendous attacker. She is a leader and a key contributor on the offense. Mack has incredible vision and is deadly when she makes the decision to shoot. She is a fighter, she is tough, and she is hard working. Mack is someone that any coach would love to have on their team. She will do amazing things at Colorado,” explained Ultimate Lacrosse Head Coach Michele DeJuliis.
“I chose Colorado because it offered everything I was looking for in a school. Not only does it have great coaches and players, but they compete at the highest level and I can’t imagine a more beautiful campus. And because CU is a bigger school, there are so many different academic opportunities, which really appealed to me,” explained Moore. “Coach Elliot’s dedication to her team and players was obvious from the minute I got to campus and I think it’s really cool that she started the program! I really appreciate the amazing opportunity that Coach Elliot, Coach Frank and Coach Fenton have given me and I’m beyond excited to play for them. I would like to thank DJ for her guidance and support throughout this process and for believing in me. I would also like to thank Coach Duck for all of the time she spent with me over the past several years at clinics, practices and games and for always pushing me to be the best player I can be. I would never have had this opportunity without her. Thanks to Coach Dee Cross for always giving me her support, advice and encouragement.”
A player with incredible vision for the game, Moore does more than just score. Moore is a smart, quick, agile attacker. She is aggressive in the ride, slowing the ball, taking away lanes, and hustling for every caused turnover she and her teammates earn. And of course she is a threat with the ball in her stick. Usually under tough defensive pressure, Moore is able to successfully read a defense, whether it means taking it to cage by herself or cutting off ball. As a sophomore Moore led Upper Dublin in points (84) and assists (40) and was second on the team in goals (44). Moore has started every game of her career at Upper Dublin. As a freshman Moore was an Honorable Mention All-Suburban One American League, played for the 2017 Under Armour 2020 Uncommitted Team, and played for the US Lacrosse National Tournament Team Philly. During her sophomore season Moore found even more success, earning 2nd Team All-Suburban One American League Honors and playing for the 2018 Under Armour 2020 Uncommitted Team, the 2018 WPLL Futures PA Team, and the 2018 US Lacrosse National Tournament Team Philly. Off of the lacrosse field Moore maintains a 3.8 GPA and participated in the 2017 Live Like Blaine conference. Moore’s college major is currently undecided, but she is excited about the various academic opportunities at Colorado.
A program on the rise, Colorado, who started the 2019 season ranked #17, has earned a 65-30 overall record since their first game in 2014. Before joining the PAC-12 in 2018 the Buffalos recorded a 25-10 conference record in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF). Playing in the competitive PAC-12 conference, which features Arizona State, Cal, Oregon, Stanford, and USC, Colorado finished the 2018 season with a 9-1 conference record, winning the inaugural regular season PAC-12 championship before falling to Stanford in the PAC-12 Championship game. Colorado earned a NCAA bid, defeating Jacksonville 23-18 before falling to Florida 13-9 in the second round. Head Coach Ann Elliott Whidden hopes to improve on that during the 2019 season! Entering her 6th year at Colorado’s helm, Coach Elliott Whidden has been recognized twice as the IWLCA West/Midwest Region Coach of the Year (2017 and ’18), and was the 2018 Pac-12 Coach of the Year and 2017 MPSF Coach of the Year. Previously serving as an Associate Head Coach at Northwestern, where Elliott Whidden was a 4x NCAA champion as a player and a 3x NCAA champion as a coach. Elliott Whidden and the Buffalos are poised to continue to improve, and we look forward to seeing how Mack Moore will be a part of this dynamic!
Congratulations on your commitment, Mack!