A fourth-year starter at attack, the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Moeller, an All-Main Line lacrosse selection last spring, has been a prolific scorer for the Gators recently, scoring six goals (with two assists) in Shipley’s 18-13 win against Lower Merion at the KSF Lacrosse Festival; tallying four goals against Westtown April 26; and scoring two goals in the Gators’ overtime win at Peddie School April 22.
Q: What do you think has been the key to your recent prolific scoring?
A: I’ve always been able to score a lot in high school but recently with so many injuries, other leaders on the team and I have had to step up, and scoring more than we usually do is a part of that.
Q: What does it mean to you to participate in the KSF Lacrosse Festival? Have you ever met Katie Samson?
A: It means a lot to participate in the KSF Lacrosse Festival because not only is it a day filled with great lacrosse games, we are also all playing for Spinal Research and Rehabilitation which is a great cause. I have met Katie Samson, she went to Shipley and so did two of her brothers. She has come to speak at our school before, and listening to her story and triumphs was something that I enjoyed.
Q: Have you always played attack? What attracted you to the position?
A: I switched to attack when I was in fourth grade from playing defense. I played defense in ice hockey, and I wanted to score in one sport, which is what made me want to play attack in lacrosse.
Q: What (in your opinion) has been the highlight of your lacrosse career, both at Shipley, and outside Shipley? Can you share your memory of that highlight with us?
A: The highlight of my lacrosse career has been the experiences and relationships that I have acquired by playing at Shipley, as well as the ability to play against a variety of very talented teams in the Philadelphia area.
Q: What do you think is the best part of your game?
A: I think the best part of my game is my ability to use my body to get around people, and the element of physicality I bring.
Q: Who have been your biggest lacrosse mentors, and what was the most important thing each of them taught you?
A: My biggest lacrosse mentor was my youth coach for Spring-Ford Youth Lacrosse, Rick Ward. He taught me at a young age how to not be as selfish with the ball, and how to know what your game is. I also learned a lot about finishing the ball from Travis McDonnell, an assistant on my Shipley high school team when I was a freshman and sophomore.
Q: You will be attending Drexel University in the fall. What attracted you to Drexel? What other schools were in the running? What do you think you’d like to major in at Drexel? Is there a career path that particularly interests you at the present time?
A: The main thing that attracted me to Drexel was the co-op program, and the ability to gain real work experience for significant portions of your college career. I am majoring in Organizational Management, but am not sure what I want to do after I graduate. Before I chose Drexel, I was planning on playing lacrosse at either Widener University or Lynchburg College, but ultimately decided I didn’t want to pursue it in college.
Q: What extracurricular activities are you involved in at Shipley other than lacrosse? What sparked your interest in these activities?
A: I used to be on Shipley’s Mock Trial team, but this year I decided to participate in DECA, and my partner and I made it to the state competition. I’ve always been interested in business, but only decided to pursue DECA this year after deciding on attending business school at Drexel.
Fun facts – Pete Moeller
Favorite book: The Things They Carried.
Favorite author: Tim O’Brien.
Favorite TV show: Breaking Bad.
Favorite movie: No Country For Old Men.
Favorite athlete: Vladimir Tarasenko.
Favorite pre-game pump-up song: Crazy Brazy by A$AP Mob.
Favorite team: Philadelphia Flyers.
Favorite place to visit: Outer Banks.
Favorite pre-game meal: Spaghetti.
Favorite color: Green
Family members: parents Mike and Kim, brother Alex.
(To be selected as Main Line Boys Athlete of the Week, a student-athlete must first be nominated by his coach.)