There at 2-13, Moe puts fitting cap on Princeton's 13-2 year

May 26, 1992|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,Staff Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- He is no longer just another Moe.

The first name is Andy, thank you, and yesterday, Moe emerged from obscurity by scoring the winning goal nine seconds into the second overtime, enabling No. 3 Princeton to upset No. 1 Syracuse, 10-9, in the NCAA Division I lacrosse championship game.

Moe, a 5-foot-9, 160-pound senior midfielder, was mobbed by teammates as the crowd at Franklin Field applauded the upset.

"I barely had time to celebrate before I was mobbed," Moe said. "The other night at a banquet, [Georgetown] coach Dave Urick said you go from 'Who's Who' to 'Who's he?' to 'Who cares?' and that's probably true. In the next three or four months, though, maybe some people will still be mentioning the name Andrew Moe."

Here's how Moe scored the game-winner: The ball dribbled out of a faceoff between Princeton's Greg Waller and Syracuse's Bob Feisee. Moe scooped it up near midfield on the right wing, outran everyone, then hurled a 10-yard shot high to the stick side of Syracuse goalie Chris Surran.

"The coach had said if I get it, I was going to go on the break," Moe said. "As I was running down the field, I saw Taylor [Simmers, Princeton attackman] cut through, and maybe he shielded the goalie. But there was a little opening, and I just shot."

Moe finished with four goals, and was largely responsible for Princeton's 7-2 halftime lead.

"We don't have a lot of stars like Syracuse," Waller said. "But each game we have played, we have always had someone step forward and win it for us. Today, it was Andrew Moe."

Not one college recruited Moe out of St. Albans High in Washington until Moe, from Chevy Chase, sent them letters five years ago. Then, Johns Hopkins, Duke and Princeton showed interest.

Princeton coach Bill Tierney, in his first year, was looking for a few good players, and Moe was looking for a highly regarded school.

"Washington doesn't have a reputation for lacrosse," Moe said. "So I knew I had to sell myself."

Moe remembers his first year at Princeton. The Tigers were 2-13, and the next season went 6-8.

Moe took off for the 1990 season while Princeton went 11-5 and made it to the NCAA quarterfinals.

"I took a year off because of the burden of two losing seasons," Moe said. "We had an incredible lack of talent. I also wanted to do some traveling, so I went to Alaska and sold skis, then took a trip to Europe."

Moe returned to Princeton to see a rejuvenated program. As a junior, Moe was asked to be more defense-minded. This year, he was asked to play more offense, and he responded with 14 goals and three assists.

And then there was yesterday. Moe scored with a high bouncer past Surran to give the Tigers (13-2) a 1-0 lead 32 seconds into the game. He then scored on an extra-man opportunity, racing from behind goal with 6:39 left in the half. On his third goal, Moe spun around and left Syracuse's John Winship outside the crease with 41 seconds left in the half.

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