The University of Maine at Farmington women’s lacrosse team has a new career record holder in sports. The odd thing is that Ayla Allen is midway through her sophomore season.
Allen, a 5-foot-10 midfielder/attacker from Rumford, had six goals and one assist on Saturday against New England College, giving her 75 career points. Amie Daniels, who played from 2009 to 2012, held the old career record with 74 points.
Of course, 74 points isn’t a huge career record total, but UMF has had a varsity women’s lacrosse team for only six years.
“The person who held the record before did play for four years,” UMF coach Molly Wilkie said. “But for Ayla to already be at that point as a sophomore is pretty cool. It’s exciting.”
It was only going to be a matter of time before Allen set the record. As a freshman last spring, she filled up the stat sheet with 41 goals and 15 assists in 13 games.
“Physically, she’s got some great gifts,” Wilkie said. “She’s tall, strong and fast. She just has a knack. She wants to be the one who’s scoring the goals. She wants the pressure, but she doesn’t feel the pressure.”
Allen has 19 goals and four assists over eight games this season. The Beavers are 2-6 after Tuesday’s loss to Thomas.
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The Colby women made their second meet of the season a strong one by winning the Corsair Classic Track and Field Invitational, held Saturday at UMass-Dartmouth. The Mules finished first out of 21 teams.
Colby took four of the top seven spots in the 5,000-meter run, led by Katherine McClure and Maeve McGovern, who finished 2-3. Krista Brown was second in the 10,000, while Brittany Reardon and Jenna Athanasopoulos went 2-3 in the 100 hurdles. Reardon and freshman Keltie Vance were 1-2 in the pole vault, Anabelle Hicks was second in the long jump and Katharine MacNamee placed second in the hammer throw.
Colby’s one individual winner was Leigh Fryxell in the javelin. Fryxell threw 129 feet, 11 inches to win the event by more than 10 feet.
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Nick Danner was mentioned in this space last week, but his performance on Saturday is also worth noting.
Danner, a Waterville native and freshman at the University of Rhode Island, has now competed in two collegiate events, and won them both. On Saturday, he competed in the 4th annual Yellow Jacket Invitational, a 20-team meet at American International College in Springfield, Mass. Danner won the javelin with a throw of 218-11 — more than 17 feet farther than his nearest competitor.
Danner is already closing in on the school record of 223-4, set by Ryan McCarthy in 2008. At Waterville, Danner won the Class B state title in the javelin as a junior and a senior. He set the Class B state record as a senior, with a throw of 192-10. The previous record was 179-1.
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What are schedule-makers dealing with because of the weather this season? Consider this, posted on the UMaine-Farmington’s website on Tuesday about upcoming softball changes:
“Doubleheader versus Eastern Nazarene has been rescheduled for Friday, April 11, at 3:00 p.m. The twinbill against UMPI already scheduled for that day has been moved to Saturday, April 26, starting at 3:00 p.m. The NAC doubleheader against Thomas already slated for Saturday, April 26, will be moved to Tuesday, April 29, with the first pitch of game one scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
“The doubleheader against Lyndon State scheduled for Wednesday, April 16, has been moved to Kents Hill School, in Kents Hill, Maine. First game of the doubleheader will start at 10:00 a.m.”
This probably means UMF’s softball field is not ready to host a game yet.