Marshwood teammates McDaniel, Caverly ink NLIs to UMaine

By Mike Zhe Nov 13, 2019  Screen Shot 2019-11-14 at 10.15.48 PM

A third senior, Nichole Roberts, inked hers to continue her field hockey career at Division II Southern New Hampshire

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — Quinn McDaniel’s signature on his National Letter of Intent document to continue his baseball career at the University of Maine was scrawled hastily, to the point of being illegible.

Didn’t matter to the family, friends and supporters who attended a signing ceremony at Marshwood High School on Wednesday. The way his career is progressing, they feel he’ll get plenty of chances to practice it.

McDaniel and his Marshwood teammate, Connon Caverly, both signed their NLIs to attend and play baseball at UMaine. A third senior, Nichole Roberts, inked hers to continue her field hockey career at Division II Southern New Hampshire.

“It means a lot to me,” said Roberts, a goalie. “It just kind of shows what my coaches have done for me, and shows my appreciation of everything they’ve done. It’s a big step for me and I’m really excited to see where I can go with this.”

Roberts only began playing field hockey as a high school freshman — “No clue what I was doing,” she said — but took quickly to the sport, both here and at Seacoast United playing for Melissa Grant.

“I sat down with Melissa Grant and she helped me decide what division I should look into,” said Roberts. “She mentioned SNHU as a good option for me.

“I wasn’t sold at first. I went to the campus, went for an overnight visit, and I fell in love with the attitude of the team members, the positivity, the rituals the team had. … It’s more like a family instead of a team.”

Speaking of family, Roberts also gave a shout-out to her mom, Shannon.

“She’s the one who’ll always be at all my games, even when we play three hours up,” she said.

SNHU is currently 17-4 and plays Kutztown on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Family also played a big role for McDaniel. The third of three brothers from Eliot who lent their talents to winning baseball teams at the school, he batted .556 as a junior to lead the Southwestern Maine Activities Association.

McDaniel and Caverly will be the latest local products to head to Orono, following a path taken by Mike Fransoso (Portsmouth), former Marshwood standouts Zach Quintal and Zach Hodges, and pitcher Bobby Cliche (Exeter).

“It’s the next step to the journey and I’m excited,” said McDaniel.

But not before addressing some business this spring. The Hawks went 11-5 last year to finish fourth in Class A South, and won in the regional quarterfinals before falling to top-seeded South Portland in the semis.

“I’m looking forward to chasing a ring,” said McDaniel.

Caverly, who also had an older brother — Matt — precede him in sports at Marshwood, is a busy man these days. After Wednesday’s ceremony, he threw on his football practice clothes. A quarterback and defensive end, he’s preparing to help the Hawks (9-1) play Kennebunk (8-2) in the Class B South football final on Saturday.

His college baseball commitment came sooner than his promotion to football starter. His size (6-foot-3, 215 pounds), bat and arm put him on the radar of recruiters early.

“It’s been a long three years I’ve been committed to there,” he said. “I’m excited to finally get to go there.”

With his high school teammate with him.

“I’ve played with (McDaniel) since I was little and I get to play with him for four more years, hopefully,” said Caverly. “It’s fun. It’s exciting because you’re going to know somebody on the team already and you’re going to have that familiarity.”

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