Presque Isle, Maine - The University of Maine at Presque Isle's Head Women's Basketball Coach Gavin Kane is pleased to announce that Alexis Ireland of Howland, ME will be continuing her basketball and soccer careers at UMPI in the Fall of 2020.
Ireland, a senior at Penobscot Valley High School has excelled on both the basketball court and the soccer field throughout the past four years.
Her High School basketball coach Nathaniel Case had nothing but praise for the 5'10" forward who played this past season primarily at the point guard position while generally having to defend their opponents top post players. "From day one I knew that Lexi would be special. She's had a high school basketball career at PVHS that speaks for itself," said Case. "Anytime I get the chance to talk about Lex, I want people to know the incredible teammate she is, the obsessive worker, the great listener, the kind heart she has, and the desire to always prepare properly. She will give her heart to the program at UMPI like everything she does. She will expect and be willing to earn everything she accomplishes and will stay humble through it all."
Ireland averaged over 20 points per game during her senior campaign, 13 rebounds and over 4 steals per contest. She had a career total of 1418 points and 836 rebounds.
UMPI Coach Gavin Kane had his eye on Ireland for two years and strongly recruited her during the past season. "The immediate characteristics that stood out to me about Lexi were the incredible work ethic and the tremendous attitude that she has. You could easily recognize that she was a great teammate and leader," stated Kane. "She is a versatile player who will give us significant help in the post but can also play on the perimeter or run the offense if needed. We were not a good rebounding team last year and Lexi will help us a great deal on the glass as she is relentless going to the boards. I just see so many areas of the game where she will help our Program. She comes from a very athletic family, is extremely well respected, and will be a tremendous addition to our Campus Community."
Ireland started for the PVHS soccer team all four years at the school while being the captain for three of those years. In her four years her team made it to the tournament all four years. Ireland was named to the All-New England Team and was named Maine Class D Player of the Year her senior year. Finishing with 124 career goals, 7th in the state.
Ireland talked about how the soccer team helped her decision, "I decided on attending UMPI because of the welcoming environment from staff, coaches, and student athletes. I knew I wanted to continue my soccer career and when I visited UMPI and met with the coaching staff I knew that it was a great fit for me. A key reason for me picking UMPI was watching the team play. I could see their connection with one another and how much they respect their coaches and each other. I am so excited to be a part of such a great group of people and to continue playing the sport I love."
Alexis Ireland will major in Exercise Science at UMPI while playing both basketball and soccer.