Student-athletes face difficult decisions after UMaine-Machias suspends sports

Caitlyn Lyons has maximized her opportunities as a student-athlete at the University of Maine at Machias.

This summer, the biology major from Lubec has been preparing for a senior year when the two-time All-America basketball player hoped to lead the Clippers back to the national tournament. Lyons also was on track to eclipse 2,000 career points and achieve another Academic All-America honor on the way to earning her degree.

Her basketball goals may no longer be achievable. UMaine-Machias on Tuesday announced that it was suspending its varsity athletics programs for a minimum of three years.

“Honestly, I was heartbroken,” Lyons said.

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