“Working with this cast, I’ve learned that you have to be bold. You have to ride the line of confidence without dipping into arrogance and know when to pass the ball on to someone else. It’s such high art to be in an ensemble, and it’s something that I’ll never forget.” Hometown: Dayton, OH “Neither of my parents are artists—they’re both economists, but reading was essential. If you go back to my childhood home, there’s books stacked on chairs and on top of the oven. Reading as a way of comprehending the world is paramount in my family.” “I was in dance and gymnastics classes when I was a kid. I would dance around our living room doing that Danny Kaye song from White Christmas, that was a classic. I think I made some…additions to the choreography.” [Laughs.] “I made it my own.” Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on June 7, 2015 Current Role: A scene-stealing Broadway debut as Gus, an “actor-slash-singer-slash-dancer-slash-comedian-slash-performance-artist-slash-mime” working the coat check in the star-packed revival of Terrence McNally’s It’s Only a Play. “Terrence McNally has been deeply kind to me and placed a lot of faith in me. For so many years, I read his plays in the middle of the night in my bedroom in Ohio and fell in love with him. It’s really special that he’s such an important part of my first years in New York.” “To make money, I’ve done all the classic things—I’ve waited tables, I’ve babysat. Ironically, I’ve been a coat check guy. When we went into rehearsals and I was figuring out how to check all these coats, I felt the residual stress and terror creep up again.” Stage & Screen Cred: Stock appeared in the off-Broadway world premiere of McNally’s And Away We Go; his screen credits include Pan Am, Law & Order: SVU and King Kelly. Age: 25 “Seeing my name on the marquee [with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick] is so surreal. I’m embarrassed to say I’ve walked by the theater more often than I needed to in the initial weeks. I’m spoiled just to even be on the poster, let alone be on stage with them!” It’s Only a Play
In the team’s 10-8 overtime win in the semifinal match against Cal, all five freshmen punched in at least 1 goal for the Trojans. The contributions of these young players are promising for a team with the same goal year after year: to win the national championship. “Our girls are truly, truly special, so resilient, and they truly fight until the end,” Moon said. “I’m so proud of that. I’m so proud to be called ‘head coach’ for the team that I was gifted.” Sunday’s title match was a close contest from the start. Each time one team netted a goal, the other had an answer. The largest lead of the game was of just 2 goals, held by the Trojans in the third quarter. However, Stanford tied it up at 8 to head into the final frame. The Trojans entered the fourth quarter without sophomore driver Paige Hauschild, who fouled out on an exclusion penalty at the end of the third. As Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament MVP and the team’s second-leading scorer of the regular season, Hauschild was an important asset for the Trojans against stiff competition this season. As time expired, a blast from USC’s junior utility Maud Megens ricocheted off the post; the narrow miss sealed Stanford’s seventh NCAA championship victory. “I was gifted an incredible team,” Moon said. “These girls, I tell you, can coach themselves. I say that I have the fun job because I get to call the plays. But these girls play themselves, coach themselves, and it’s a testament to their character, their discipline, and their hard work.” “Of course [we had] to adjust,” interim head coach Casey Moon said of Hauschild’s ejection. “[Hauschild] is probably one of the best players in the country, she’s going to be an Olympian one day, and she’s the focal point of our team, our offense and our defense. You have to learn to adjust and we did. We fought until the end and we were right there.” “We’ve gone through a lot of adversity this season, not expected and not exciting, but we’ve done an amazing job overcoming that,” junior driver Kelsey McIntosh said. “A lot of people probably thought it was going to ruin our season and we were going to go downhill, but I’m so proud of how we overcame that and got so much closer, had so much more fight in us.” Despite Vavic’s departure, the Trojans compiled a 23-1 regular season record, earned the No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, and ended as runners-up. Despite the championship loss, the youthful Trojan squad demonstrated its promising talent and resiliency during both the NCAA tournament and season. This was the program’s first trip to the NCAA tournament without former head coach Jovan Vavic, who was terminated during the regular season due to his alleged involvement in the admissions bribery scheme. The Cardinal scored the winning goal with just under five minutes left on the clock. From there, both teams cracked down defensively. USC’s senior goalie Amanda Longan had two saves in the final minute, giving the Trojans one last breath. However, the Trojan offense could not find the back of the net as Stanford held on to the 9-8 lead. In a rematch of last year’s championship game, Stanford exacted revenge on the Trojans, coming away with a narrow 9-8 win over the defending champions.