Doherty lacrosse standout Dominique Semadeni signs with UCCS

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School District 11 has one girls' lacrosse team housed at Palmer High School, but assistant coach Mike Kelty says he loves when he gets a girl from Doherty.

"I love when I have a Doherty girl because they bring the 'we before me' spirit and that's very important," Kelty said.

For three years, Dominique Semadeni brought that spirit to a Palmer team filled with basketball rivals, and on Wednesday, she signed to play for a budding Division II program at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

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Don't get confused though, "Domi" is a Division I athlete, Kelty said. Since she was a freshman on varsity, playing defense for the Terrors, Kelty told her she could play at the college level. Kelty and coach Kelly Hillick moved her to midfield where she was equally dominant. Semadeni lettered all three of her years as a player and Kelty has little doubt she'll repeat that as a senior.

Semadeni is excited to join the Mountain Lions and said she looks forward to being a defender for the team.

"I'm super nervous but I'm really excited for this opportunity," Semadeni said.

"My support system is huge. This doesn't even stop with just my parents, my dad, my mom, all my coaches are here. My friends, my team from basketball is here and I'm not even signing for basketball. So I'm surrounded by family and my support system got me to where I am today."