Dempsey signs “National Letter of Intent” with UNH

Wells High School senior Molly-Kate Dempsey has recently signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to play Division I field hockey at the University of New Hampshire.

“It feels good. I feel like my hard work has paid off,” said Dempsey in an interview in the Richard A. Ronco Gymnasium on November 8th during a morning gathering of friends, relatives, and members of the WHS Athletics department, all there to witness and celebrate her signing.

Present at this event was her field hockey coach Katelyn Rich. “Molly-Kate is obviously a talented athlete and we are very proud of her and we wish her the best moving forward.” said Coach Rich who acknowledge that the team had a difficult season this year with just 12 players (11 are needed to form a team on the field) and pointed out that Dempsey played, “every minute of every game.” In one game with a tough rival, Rich observed, “She definitely stepped up and was very strong in our mid-field in our last game (where) the score ended up being three to nothing which is huge.”

Among those present for the NLI signing were Dempsey’s teammates and relatives including her parents Ken and Bridget Dempsey, grandparents Pat and Ken Dempsey, Sr., and brother Riley Dempsey, a 2017 WHS graduate who was a three-sport athlete in high school. Included in his accomplishments was becoming a finalist for the Fitzpatrick Trophy, a high honor in Maine high school football.

Organizing the signing event was Interim Director of Athletics Jodie Lawlor. “We wish MK good luck at UNH next year and thank her for all her accomplishments and dedication to our field hockey program here in Wells,” commented Lawlor later in an email.

Left to right: Coach Katelyn Rich, Ken Dempsey, Molly-Kate Dempsey, and Bridget Dempsey