POULTNEY, Vt. – Grace Dineen, a 5-7 defender from Maynard (Mass.) High School, has committed to the Green Mountain College women's soccer program for the Fall 2018 semester where she will begin her work towards a degree in biology.
Dineen was part of a terrific run of success for the Maynard Tigers. The Tigers had claimed nine league championships in the past ten years and Dineen was part of two of the final three championship teams while the program was still a member of the Midland Wachusett E League. From her freshman season to her junior year the Tigers accumulated a 45-4-5 record overall.
Maynard progressed to a pair of Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association Central Division 4 semifinal matches and a quarterfinal match in Dineen's first three seasons. The incredible run of success unfortunately ended as the team was challenged by advancing a level to the Midland Wachusett D League this past year.
"Grace Dineen is a hard-working player that isn't flashy but just gets the job done," relayed Maynard Head Coach Steve Jones. "Her technique is excellent and she is tough. She doesn't back down from anyone. [As a senior, Grace] showed great leadership. [Her] positive attitude, hard work and determination [helped] keep this team on track."
With Green Mountain coming off its best season since 2009, the future is looking bright with Dineen's addition. The Maynard, Massachusetts native becomes another part of a revamped Eagles' roster that will take the field in 2018 as she joins goalkeeper Enedina-Madison Soto (Upland, Calif.) and striker Avery Barber (Cincinnatus, N.Y.) as two other recent commits.
"We're very excited to have Grace come in and anchor a rapidly improving backline," said Head Coach Kip Shipley. "She brings some size, speed and skill to our defensive unit."
Dineen is excited to begin her career at Green Mountain College.
"GMC is the perfect place for me to grow and become who I want to be," stated Dineen. "I have only seen it a few times and it already feels like home. I'm beyond excited to meet the rest of the team and get started this fall."