Toughness and determination are hallmarks of some of the great football players that have donned the maroon and gold. Success on the gridiron has been experienced by many outstanding TA athletes who have shown these characteristics, but standing out among his football fraternity peers as one of the toughest and most determined players of all time — Lance Lavoie of the Class of 1989.
At 6 feet, 200 pounds, Lance was a punishing fullback on offense, tearing up the mid-dle of the field to gain vast amounts of tough yardage and often found himself in the end zone. Lance was a leading member of the Class A state championship team coached by TA Hall of Famer, Dick Agreste. Following playoff games against Lewiston and South Portland in which he rushed for two touchdowns, Lance led his squad to the state championship game held at Bowdoin College in Brunswick. Lance was a wrecking ball. In the first half alone, Lance rushed for four touchdowns against a hapless Lawrence Bulldogs team. At the end of the day, Lance found himself hoisting the gold ball after accumulating 148 rushing yards. He was named the game’s most valuable player.
Not only was Lance a force as a running back, he was also a stalwart defensive line-man, stymying opponents in their efforts to gain yardage. The old adage “Defense wins championships” was on full display during the Trojans three game playoff run. In the Western Maine semifinal, Lance and his defensive teammates held Lewiston to only 175 yards for a 21-20 win. In the Western Maine final, a 16-14 win over South Port-land, the defense held the Red Riot’s vaunted offense to 127 yards rushing. In the state championship, TA held Lawrence to just 136 yards rushing, despite the presence of Bulldogs running back Kirk Matthieu who led the state with over 2000 yards rushing on the season. On this day, Matthieu was held to only 59 yards.
For his efforts, Lance received statewide accolades. He was named to the Maine Sunday Telegram All-State Football Team as both a first-team selection on offense and a second-team selection on defense.
Lance was a standout on the baseball diamond as well, both in the field and at the plate. His talent led to a nod on the Telegram League Baseball All-Star team as a 1st team utility player.