Wednesday February 01, 2012 | 08:59 PM

Richmond senior Danica Hurley signed a Letter of Intent on Wednesday to play soccer at the University of Maine.

“I knew I was already going there but this makes it official,” said Hurley, who helped the Bobcats win a pair of Class D state championships. “It takes a lot of weight off my shoulders. I focused a lot on Maine. A big goal of mine was to go there and play there.”

Hurley scored 38 goals this fall and finished her high school career with 104.

UMaine coach Scott Atherley said Hurley stood out this fall because “she was a finisher.”

“A lot of players can get into the right spot at the right time, but Danica always was able to get the ball on the net,” he said. “That’s hard to do.”

Atherley, whose team went 5-9-1 last season, said Hurley has the potential to step in and contribute right away.

“I think she can, yes,” he said. “It’s going to be a big transition, though.”

Wednesday was signing day, when recruits could formerly commit to colleges or universities.

Also Wednesday, Maranacook senior Abby Mace confirmed she is heading to UConn, where she will compete in cross country and track.

“I’m very excited,” said Mace. “UConn is a good fit. I know it will be a big transition.”

UConn women’s cross country coach Andrea Grove-McDonough relayed an interesting story how Mace caught her attention.

“Abby filled out a questionnaire online and we get hundreds of them all the time,” she said. “I sift through them and put together three groups: Yes, no and maybe. I saw that she wrote a blog and started reading it. That caught my attention. So then I did some research and saw some her scores. She was a bit under the radar.”

Grove-McDonough added that she had never recruited in Maine before — until Mace came along.

“Maine has some talent,” she said. “We have a few kids on our radars. I’ve never recruited anyone out of Maine until this year.”

Previous entries

September 2013

August 2013

March 2013

February 2013

January 2013

December 2012


October 2012

September 2012

August 2012

July 2012

February 2012

January 2012

December 2011

November 2011

October 2011

Further Discussion

Here at we value our readers and are committed to growing our community by encouraging you to add to the discussion. To ensure conscientious dialogue we have implemented a strict no-bullying policy. To participate, you must follow our Terms of Use.

Questions about the article? Add them below and we’ll try to answer them or do a follow-up post as soon as we can. Technical problems? Email them to us with an exact description of the problem. Make sure to include:
  • type of computer or mobile device your are using
  • exact operating system and browser you are viewing the site on (TIP: You can easily determine your operating system here.)
Prefer to respond privately? Email us here.