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Senior Spotlight: East Ridge 100-point scorer Lily Fetch commits to University of Maine – The Rink Live

WOODBURY, Minnesota — Not every youth hockey player has a true passion for the sport, but East Ridge High School senior Lily Fetch fell in love with the game at a young age. She grew up with her cousins ​​and older siblings in her hometown of Bismarck, North Dakota, but knew her love for the sport ran deeper than those around her.

“It was different for me. I still fall asleep during games and I just love hockey and always have,” Fetch said of her dedication to the sport.

This passion for every aspect of the game has made Fetch an elite competitor on the ice as she now has over 100 points for the Raptors and has committed to playing in Division I.

Fetch spent the first 12 years of her life in North Dakota. She originally competed in both dance and hockey competitions when she was young, but when her parents let her choose between the two, hockey obviously won by a wide margin.

The skater moved to Woodbury for her father’s job, and just a few years later, as a freshman, Fetch had an immediate impact on East Ridge’s collegiate team.

The 5-foot-4 forward scored 39 points in 25 games in her freshman year and played at the front for the Raptors that year. Fetch credits her ability to quickly adapt to the high school level for playing with a talented group of seniors this season.

Fetch began reaching out to Division I colleges when she was allowed to begin the recruiting process after her sophomore season.

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Lily Fetch attends a game for East Ridge High School.

post photo. Steve Rooker.

The University of Maine began talks with the forward in the fall of her junior year, but talks began to dwindle as the year progressed.

The Black Bears finally got a new head coach after the 2021-22 season, who happened to be Molly Engstrom, a former Olympian and most recently an assistant coach at St. Cloud State University.

With the new Maine coaching staff, recruitment talks with the school began again.

After visiting the university campus, Fetch felt the program was something special.

“I fell in love with Maine, I really liked it. Ever since then, it’s been the school I wanted to go to,” she said.

In mid-November, Fetch announced her commitment to the NCAA Division I program.

The East Ridge skater is now the second Maine commit from Minnesota state in the past month, joining Buffalo senior forward Raegan Wurm.

Black Bears fans will enjoy watching Fetch’s speed and hockey savvy on the ice next season. The older forward is fast and has good puck movement in all zones. She surpassed 100 career points with the Raptors last spring.

The senior is now the second collegiate hockey player in her family as one of her sisters, Emma, ​​plays Division III for Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., having previously played for Johnson & Wales University in the East a year ago would have.

Fetch will transfer to the University of Maine next year in fall 2023. She currently has six points in four games for East Ridge High School this season and is working on getting stronger to go straight into the Hockey East game when she joins the Black Bears.