Senior Spotlight: 100-point scorer Lily Fetch of East Ridge commits to the University of Maine
Fetch, originally from North Dakota, moved to Woodbury, Minn., when she was 12 years old. She currently has 112 points in 73 games for the Raptors and has committed to play at Division I Maine.
WOODBURY, Minn. — 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 competing with her cousins and older siblings in her hometown of Bismarck, North Dakota, but she knew her love of the game was more intense than those around her.
"It was different with me. I still fall asleep to games, and I just love hockey and I always have," said Fetch on her devotion to the sport.
That passion for every aspect of the game has made Fetch an elite competitor out on the ice as she now has over 100 points for the Raptors and has committed to play at the Division I level.
Fetch spent the first 12 years of her life living in North Dakota. She originally competed in both dance and hockey when she was young, but when her parents made her choose between the two, hockey obviously won by a mile.
The skater made the move to Woodbury, relocating for her father's job, and just a couple of years later Fetch made an immediate impact on the East Ridge varsity squad as only a freshman.
The 5-foot-4 forward posted 39 points in 25 games in her first year on varsity and played on the top line that year for the Raptors. Fetch credits playing with a talented group of upperclassmen that season to her ability to adapt quickly to the high school level.
Fetch started to reach out to Division I colleges when she was allowed to start the recruiting process after her sophomore season.
The University of Maine started discussions with the forward in the fall of her junior year, but the talks started to dwindle as the year went on.
The Black Bears eventually got a new head coach after the 2021-22 season, which just so happened to be Molly Engstrom , a former Olympian and most recently an assistant coach for St. Cloud State University.
With the new coaching staff for Maine, recruiting conversations with the school started back up again.
After visiting the universities campus, Fetch had a feeling that the program was special.
"I fell in love with Maine, I really liked it. Ever since then it was 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 the state of Minnesota in the past month, joining Buffalo senior forward Raegan Wurm .
Black Bears fans will enjoy watching Fetch's speed and hockey sense on the ice next season. The senior forward is quick and can move the puck well 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., after previously playing out east for Johnson & Wales University a year ago.
Fetch will join the University of Maine next year in the fall of 2023. She currently has six points in four games for East Ridge High School this season and is working on getting stronger to be able to jump right into Hockey East play when she joins the Black Bears.