An accomplished student-athlete whose efforts on the field of play are exceeded only by her efforts off of it, senior Grace Moore is one of the most decorated Polar Bear athletes in recent memory.
A two-sport captain this year for the women's soccer and women's lacrosse teams, Moore's work for both squads is unrelenting. As a defender, her hard work isn't necessarily seen in the box score and often goes unnoticed. Unnoticed except to her peers and opposing coaches in New England.
In women's soccer, Moore collected All-NESCAC and All-New England honors as a junior and earned the squad's "unsung hero" award as a senior. In women's lacrosse, she has been even more decorated, collected First-Team All-NESCAC and All-New England recognition as a sophomore and junior. Last year, she captured Second-Team All-American honors.
As evidenced by her athletic talents, Moore is anything but one-dimensional; a trait that carries into her life off the field.
Moore has dedicated herself to public service, from the Mid-coast region to Central America. She runs to Mt. Ararat High School Mentoring Program in Topsham, Maine and traveled to Lima, Peru on an Alternative Winter Break community service trip in January of 2007. Inspired by the experience, she applied for a grant to fund an internship working in the indigenous communities of Ecuador last summer.
At Bowdoin, she has been a Sarah and James Bowdoin Scholar, has captured Academic All-NESCAC recognition and was the recipient of the Preston Public Interest Career Fund grant for her service work in Ecuador.
A graduate of Lawrence Academy and native of Groton, Massachusetts, Grace's father Rob graduated from Bowdoin in 1977 as a multi-sport star himself. A men's lacrosse and soccer player, he still stands as one of the most prolific scorers in men's soccer history. Her mother Laura, graduated from Harvard, and Grace has two younger sisters- Katherine (Wheaton) and Ellie (Lawrence Academy).
Getting to Know Grace...
What is your most memorable moment as an athlete?
This soccer season my team played in the NESCAC semi-finals against Tufts. In the history of the NESCAC tournament, the Bowdoin women's soccer team had never made it to the finals, and during the regular season this year Tufts smoked us 4-1. So, we went into the semi-final game determined to get revenge and break the curse of the semi-finals. We battled for 90 minutes to end in a 1-1 tie at the end of regulation time. After 2 overtimes, the game was still tied and our fate came down to penalty kicks. I stood at midfield with my teammates, watching the shooters in nervous suspense. It was the first shootout I had ever been a part of, and the adrenaline rush was unbelievable. Kat Popoff made an incredible save to give us an advantage. Our first four shooters made their shots and the fourth Tufts shooter stepped up to shoot. I stood with my teammates watching Pop in net, knowing that if she stopped this one then victory was ours and the curse of the semi-finals would be broken. The whistle blew and the Tufts shooter fired the ball. It bounced off the post and went wide and before I even knew what was happening I was sprinting at Pop and tackling her to the ground with my teammates screaming in celebration. That victory pig-pile, after 110 minutes of working our hardest for each other, was by far my greatest memory as an athlete.
Who has had the greatest impact on your life?
My parents have had the greatest impact on my life. My parents both work at Lawrence Academy, where I grew up and went to high school, so we grew very close especially during high school when work, home and school were one in the same. My mom has taught me how important it is to be honest and do the right thing. As a mom and as an English teacher, she demands the best from people, pushing people not to sell themselves short. As a result, I demand the most out of myself. My dad has also had a huge impact on my life. As a little girl I idolized my dad, I even went so far as to name my dolls "Rob" and "Other Rob" after him. My dad loves athletics and competition, and I inherited these passions from him. He was my youth soccer coach, and he knew how to make practices fun for me and my friends but also how to win games. He has always been good at balancing work with sports and his social life. I have learned from my dad how important it is to make time to do the things you love; to work hard and to play hard.
What course or courses at Bowdoin have you most enjoyed?
Writing Environmental Stories with Professor Anthony Walton. It was a small class and we really came together over the course of the semester. We read a lot of nonfiction environmental narratives and studied the strategies the authors used to tell their stories. At the same time, we applied what we learned by writing our own pieces. For my final project, I wrote a nonfiction narrative comparing shopping at the Wal-Mart in Cook's Corner with the shopping experience at Grand City Variety. I got to talk to some incredible people, and found that I was letting my other classes fall by the wayside because I enjoyed working on my story so much that it was all I wanted to do.
How have you spent your summers since coming to Bowdoin?
Going into my sophomore year I spent the summer working the summer sports camps at Lawrence Academy that I had either attended or worked at since the age of six. Before junior year I spent the month of June studying Spanish in Salamanca, Spain and the rest of the summer working camps as usual. This past summer I received funding from the Preston Public Interest Career Fund for an internship working on sustainable development in indigenous communities in Ecuador. Then I spent the last 2 weeks of summer in Italy with my soccer team on our preseason training trip.
How has your team's coaching staff affected you during your time at Bowdoin?
[Women's Soccer Coach Emeritus] John Cullen was one of the main reasons I came to Bowdoin. On all of my other recruiting visits I talked soccer and school with coaches, but at Bowdoin Coach Cullen spent the majority of the time telling me all about his latest fishing trip. He was an incredible coach, who cared so much about his players as people. This season, Maren [Rojas] took over for Coach Cullen. Through meeting with her for captain's training I learned a ton about how to be a good leader and foster team unity. Maren is the type of coach you want to work hard for, and last season our hard work paid off. I've been lucky enough to have Liz Grote as my coach for all eight of my seasons, and feel like I have gotten to know her so much better over my four years. I came into Bowdoin barely able to throw and catch with my left hand, but Liz saw my potential and was willing to work with me on my stick skills. I have learned so much about the game of lacrosse and the importance of team chemistry on and off the field from Liz.