Wednesday, April 23, 2014
AUGUSTA — Skowhegan senior Allison Lancaster remembers watching in awe when former teammate Nicole Sevey accepted the Miss Maine Field Hockey award two years ago.
“She was my senior captain,” Lancaster said. “I looked up to her. I was just in awe. I remember when she won, it was such a moment for her.”
That moment came to Lancaster on Sunday afternoon at the Augusta Civic Center, where she won the annual Miss Maine Field Hockey award.
Lancaster, a senior captain, is the third Skowhegan player in seven years to win the award. Sevey (2011) and Melissa Hancock (2007) are the others.
“I’m speechless,” Lancaster said. “I got so nervous I actually threw up early (Sunday). When I got here I settled everything down. Being in this atmosphere is an enjoyable one. To win it, it’s just amazing.”
The award caps an incredible high school career for Lancaster, who will play field hockey at Division I Providence College next year.
Lancaster scored 20 goals and added 24 assists. A two-time Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference first team all-star, Lancaster finished her career with 43 goals and 52 assists.
She also finished her career without a loss.
“She won four state titles and she didn’t even lose a scrimmage,” Skowhegan coach Paula Doughty said. “It’s pretty incredible. She had a great career here. She’s very deserving of this award.”
Belfast senior forward Madison Cummings and York senior forward Taylor Simpson were the other finalists.
“Both of them were equally deserving,” Lancaster said.
The coaches for each finalist spoke about their players prior to the announcement.
Doughty recalled how Lancaster developed into a leader for the Indians.
“She became a freshmen on the varsity and drove the seniors absolutely crazy,” Doughty said. “I can remember looking up to her in one of the warmups while the seniors were so focused getting prepared, and there was Ally. She was fluttering around, dancing (and) singing to the music. I admit, it always made me smile. When the game started, Ally was all business.
“This year she was always the person we turned to when the games got tough.”
Lancaster, showing no signs of any nerves, delivered a classy acceptance speech. She thanked her coaches, family and told the other finalists how deserving they were of the award as well.
“It’s such an honor,” she said. “I’ve seen so many girls win this before me. I’ve always been in awe of them.”
The MFHA also inducted three people, including former Hall-Dale coach Ellen Vickers, into its Hall of Fame. Former Belfast coach Allen Holmes, who went 432-162-43 in 40 seasons, and former Thornton Academy standout player Lisa DeFrancesco were also inducted.
Vickers coached Hall-Dale from 1981 to 2005. She finished 297-80-25 and won state titles in 1996 and ‘97.
Her teams appeared in a regional final in 10 of her 24 seasons.Bill Stewart — firstname.lastname@example.orgTwitter: @billstewartkj