Girls Lacrosse

Five Questions: Darien’s Nicole Humphrey

Darien’s Nicole Humphrey sets up a play during Tuesday’s win over Ridgefield. (Matt Dewkett)

DARIEN — Nicole Humphrey is another in a long line of premier Darien girls lacrosse players. The senior, along with her sister Ashley, who is a year younger, were named All-Americans.

Humphrey, a midfielder, is headed next year to the University of North Carolina. First, Humphrey hopes to help lead the Blue Wave to an eighth straight FCIAC title and bounce back from last year’s state semifinal loss to rival New Canaan, which ended a streak of 107 in-state wins.

TRR: What is the pressure like playing on a team that is always expected to win?

NH: Especially this year the pressure is kind of off and we have the mindset that we are more trying to prove ourselves and show we can come back from a loss like that and we can come back and be stronger than last year. So I think this year is a different mindset than years prior. Really working harder to get our legacy back.

TRR: When the schedule came out did you immediately look to see when you were planning New Canaan?

NH: Yes. I think we all do that. No matter how talented either team is, it’s always a close game. There’s a lot riding on it. It is always my favorite game to play each season.

TRR: What’s the hardest part of playing on the same team with your sister?

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NH: We’re definitely tougher on each other. The bar is definitely set higher. That’s good and bad.

TRR: What attracted you most to North Carolina?

NH: I really liked the coaching staff. I liked how much academic help they gave the student-athletes. Its great athletic programs and the campus is beautiful. It’s a really fun place.

TRR: If you go out after a game what’s your go-to spot and why?

NH: Probably Gofer ice cream in Darien. All our team usually goes there after games. I like Blue Monster.

(Five Questions is a recurring series to get to better know athletes and coaches.)