DERRY — One more stellar athlete at Pinkerton Academy has signed on to play sports at the collegiate level.
Senior Riann Daziel will head to North Carolina to play women's lacrosse at Mount Olive College.
The college recently added women's lacrosse to its list of sports, one of 20 now played on campus.
Lacrosse will officially begin at Mount Olive in the 2012-2013 school year.
Riann signed her letter of intent to become a Mount Olive Trojan at a ceremony held at Pinkerton on May 10.
Her lacrosse teammates filled the conference room for the signing.
Her father, Rob, is the Pinkerton lacrosse coach. Her sister, Kennedy, also plays lacrosse for the Lady Astros.
Riann said she chose Mount Olive because of its warmth, and also the chance to keep playing the sport she loves."
"The program is a good one," she said.
Pinkerton athletic director Tim Powers said it's an accomplishment to be able to go off and play in a college program. He credited Riann's four years of hard work in high school as part of her total success on the field.
Dean of Students Glenn Ahrens said it's a strong academic commitment that aids in creating the well-rounded athlete.
"I wish you well," Ahrens said. "This is something not too many athletes get to do."
For coach and dad Rob Daziel, seeing his daughter flourish as a good student and strong athlete was a proud moment.
"It seems like yesterday she was 8 years old," he said. "She always had a nose for the net, and I'm proud of her accomplishments and wish her the best."
Riann thanked her dad for getting her into lacrosse. She also thanked those who stood by her all the way.
"I want to thank everyone who supported me," she said. "And my sister, who played with me and practiced with me."
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