Maine’s career leader in goal-scoring for high school boys soccer won’t be playing that sport in college.
Ian Lee of Madawaska will enroll in the chemical engineering program at the University of Maine, according to his father, Dave. The Orono campus does not field a men’s soccer program.
Lee was a four-year starter for the Owls, who scored a state-record 127 goals, including 38 last fall in leading Madawaska to the Eastern Maine Class C championship.
Lee surpassed the previous mark of 107 goals amassed by Bradley Wilcox of Bangor Christian between 2008 and 2011 and became just the fourth Maine schoolboy player to surpass 100 career goals. Former Major League Soccer player Roger Levesque of Falmouth totaled 106 goals between 1995 and 1998, and Scott Johnson of Georges Valley of Thomaston scored 105 goals between 1978 and 1981.
Shelby Pickering of Lee Academy is Maine’s overall career goal-scoring leader, totaling 178 for the Pandas’ girls squad between 2001 and 2004.
Lee was named All-New England after his senior season and was selected as one of five Maine Sports Hall of Fame scholar-athletes, who were presented with $5,000 scholarships during the hall’s annual banquet Sunday in Augusta.
Lee also was a two-year team captain for the Owls, an All-Aroostook selection, an Eastern Maine Class C all-star and an Eastern Maine state team representative for the last three years, as well as the state’s Class C player of the year in both 2012 and 2013.
At UMaine, Lee will join older brother Jon, a senior chemical engineering student.
Lee plans to remain involved in athletics by joining his brother on the university’s golf club, his father said.