Nicole grew up in Glenview, IL. She started playing lacrosse at Glenbrook South High School. There she was named First Team All-American her senior year, Team MVP in 2011, All-State in 2011, and All-Conference in 2010 and 2011. Nicole also played on Lakeshore’s National Premier Travel team in 2010 and 2011. She went on to play at Division I San Diego State University as a defender. Nicole moved back home to Chicago after graduation and coaches with the National Premier program.