Karrie Moore was hired in August of 2015 as the 11th head women's lacrosse coach in the program's illustrious history. The Bombers identified Moore, who served as an assistant coach with Cornell University for the last seven seasons, as the best coaching candidate. Moore will begin her third year at the helm of the Ithaca women's lacrosse program in 2017-18.
Moore took the IC women's program into uncharted territory in 2017, guiding the Bombers to their first ever appearance in the Round of 16 in the NCAA Division III Tournament. Ithaca posted a 14-5 record during the year, which included a first-place finish in the Empire 8 Conference during the regular season. The Bombers defeated four ranked teams during the year, which included a win over then-No. 2 Trinity (Conn.) that set new program bests.
Moore guided eight student-athletes to Empire 8 All-Conference recognition, headlined by Ally Runyon and Kimberly Presuto who were named Empire 8 Player and Goalie of the Year, respectively. Five Bombers went on to earn IWLCA All-Region accolades, while Runyon and Long earned All-America honors.
In her first season at the head of the Ithaca program, Moore posted a 14-6 record, which included the team's first appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament since 2011. She guided the Bombers to a dominant 24-2 victory over Regis in the Opening Round of the NCAA Tournament, marking just the second NCAA Tournament win in program history.
Under her guidance, six IC players earned Empire 8 All-Conference accolades at the conclusion of the year, headlined by Kimberly Presuto and Allie Panara who earned Goalie and Rookie of the Year, respectively. Additionally, four Bombers went on to earn IWLCA All-Region recognition.
Moore, a 2006 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, was a standout goalkeeper during her playing days at Penn. While at Cornell, she focused primarily on the defense and goalies during an assistant coaching tenure that saw the Big Red post a 57-52 record while qualifying for the Ivy League tournament in each of her final four seasons with the program.
"Karrie Moore is the best possible choice as the next leader for the Ithaca College women's lacrosse program. I am thrilled to welcome Karrie to the IC community and our athletics family," said Susan Bassett '79, Ithaca's Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports.
"Karrie is committed to excellence both academically and athletically, and she has a keen sense of the importance of creating a quality student experience as part of a comprehensive education here at IC."
Moore, who also served as an assistant coach at Colgate, has a strong familiarity with the Ithaca area and is confident she can add to the already strong prestige of the Ithaca program.
"I am honored to serve as the next head women's lacrosse coach at Ithaca College. This program has a tremendous tradition and I look forward to working with the team and alumnae to build on prior successes while aiming for even higher achievements," said Moore, a four-year letter winner at Penn who graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology.
"I want to thank Susan Bassett, Michelle Manning and the entire search committee for being outstanding ambassadors for both the program and the institution. I am proud to become part of the Bombers' family.
Moore will take over an Ithaca program that has been to the NCAA tournament five times since the 2001 season, and has advanced into the Empire 8 championship eight times since 2004. During the 2014 season, Ithaca posted an 11-8 record (6-2 in the Empire 8) and advanced into the conference championship for the fourth straight year.
Under Moore's tutelage in 2015, Cornell's goalies helped lead a unit that surrendered just 8.88 goals per game, the fourth-lowest goals-against average in the conference.
Moore had similar responsibilities in her two seasons coaching with Colgate, helping guide the Raiders to a Patriot League title and a spot in the 2008 NCAA tournament. She assisted in the development of 10 All-Patriot League players in her two seasons, with Colgate advancing to the Patriot League tournament both years.
"Karrie has played and coached lacrosse at a high level while working with some of the best coaches in the country throughout her lacrosse life," Bassett said. "Best of all, she loves what we love: Ithaca College, the joy of competition, and helping student-athletes realize their individual potential while working together to achieve high goals as a team."
The highlight of her playing career came during her senior season, when Moore was the Quakers' starting goalkeeper. She registered an 8-3 record and finished the 2006 campaign among the Ancient Eight leaders in goals-against average (7.23) and save percentage (.478) as Penn finished the campaign 10-6 overall.