CHESTERTOWN, MD -- Charles "Charlie" Moloney, a long-time supporter of Washington College lacrosse, passed away yesterday at the age of 89. Moloney's significance to lacrosse at Washington College went beyond the simple title of "fan."
Washington College Director of Athletics Dr. Bryan Matthews, who also coached and played lacrosse at the school, remembers Charlie fondly.
"Washington College lacrosse lost one of our family last night," Matthews remarks. "Charlie Moloney was a larger than life part of over twenty years of the Washington College lacrosse story. To say he was one-of-a-kind is an understatement - Charlie may be the last of his kind. Charlie was from the days when a die-hard fan could host crab feasts at his home, welcoming players, parents, alumni, and friends of the lacrosse program. He rode the bus to away games, even accompanying the team to NCAA Championship games at the University of Maryland.
"Perhaps Charlie's defining moment as a member of the Shoremen lacrosse family was on St Patrick's Day in 1982. Prior to the start of the Navy game on Kibler Field, Charlie, dressed in full leprechaun regalia, came onto the field and took an honorary faceoff versus a Navy midfielder. Wahington College went on to beat Navy for the first time in the fifty-year rivalry. Charlie started the magic that day. Charlie Moloney stories will be told for a very long time, and every one of them will make someone feel good."
The Washington College men's lacrosse team will honor Charlie at its annual alumni game, which is scheduled for September 24th at 3:00 p.m. on Kibler Field at Roy Kirby, Jr. Stadium.
Alumni and friends are encouraged to post their fonds memories of Charlie on the men's lacrosse blog.