NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- Senior defender Nicole Darling returned for her fourth season on the Pioneer Lacrosse team. 

"Nicole is the youngest of three siblings (Kristen, 2011; Ashley, 2015), who I have had the pleasure to coach while at New Providence High School," said New Providence girls lacrosse coach Jennifer Henry. "Nicole has been a leader and tremendous player on our defense since freshman year.  She has always been a team player, willing to do whatever it took to help us win, and a leader, communicating her thoughts and ideas to strengthen our team.  She has sent a high standard as a team player for our team and helped set the program up for more success in the future.  I will miss Nicole's defensive tenacity, poise, respectfulness, and dependability for many years to come.  I am confident she will go on to do great things and make an impact."  

A favorite high school highlight for Darling was scoring the winning goal to beat Kent Place (18-17) three minutes into overtime. The Pioneers went on to beat Kent Place (17-16) for the second time to advance to the UCT semifinals.  

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"Wearing the NP uniform means to always work your hardest on and off the field to become the best student athlete you can be," said Darling. 

TAPinto: A favorite youth highlight in your sport? 

Nicole: Rebels was always so much fun but my favorite game was beating Summit who is historically very good at youth and high school lacrosse.

TAPinto: How are you doing during this period of isolation?

Nicole: I am staying active and enjoying this time with my family before college.

TAPinto: What will the first thing you do once restrictions are lifted?

Nicole: Once restrictions are lifted I plan to hang out with my friends and go to the beach.

Editor's Note: New Providence High School closed its doors for the school year in mid-March, corresponding with the declaration of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. In early May the NJSIAA confirmed that the entire spring sports season would be canceled statewide.TAPinto New Providence will feature New Providence High School senior athletes in a spotlight series to be published. Seniors, click here for form. 

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