Cold Spring Harbor High School has produced some greats. Dating back to the turn of the century, you had studs like Jay Jalbert, the Peyser Brothers, John Orsen, and Adam Ghitelman to name a few. Of late, the Seahawks have continued to fly high and generate star studded Seniors. After a crippling loss to Islip in the 2018 LIC, led by Kevin Winkoff and co., it was revenge for CSH in 2019. However, the Seahawks lost in epic fashion again. Led by oldest brother Danny Striano in 2019, this upcoming Spring will be a new chapter, meaning new leaders must emerge. One of those leaders will be younger brother Richie Striano. Built ford tough, Richie is a powerhouse on the gridiron and on the lax field. This past week, the LILJ sat down with our boy Richie to discuss his football career, his recruiting process, and his outlook on the 2020 lacrosse season.
Q: How would you describe this past football season?
This past football season was bitter sweet. It was sweet playing with all my close friends and having a blast every day all season, but how it abruptly ended was the bitter part because we really felt we had the team that should have won it all.
Q: How has football made you a better lacrosse player?
Football has made me a better lacrosse player because it has helped me realize how important the little things are when it comes to lacrosse. Coach Bonn always preaches to take care of the little things and the rest will take care of itself. By playing football, I feel that you learn to take notice of the little things that help you win games such as a key block to spark a big gain, or maintaining your assignment on defense, even though you may not be the key guy making the tackle. That same concept helps me realize how important things like contested ground balls and running out shots on the end line really are. Football has also made me tough, and not have any fear putting my body on the line for my teammates.
Q: Did you ever consider playing football in college?
Yes, I was being recruited to play football at the next level and was interested, yet I knew lacrosse at Bucknell was definitely the best route for me in the future.
Q: Why Bucknell?
I chose Bucknell not only because of how amazing of a school it is, but because of how much I liked Coach Fedorjaka, Danehy, and the team culture there. On my visit I woke up for one of their 7 A.M. lifts, they were banging on the weightroom doors excited to get in there that early in the morning. Right then I knew that was the place for me because of how enthusiastic they are about the team. They made me feel extremely wanted and in the end I always wanted to be somewhere that I was wanted.
Q: What other schools were you considering?
Yale (lacrosse), Hofstra (lacrosse), Providence (lacrosse), Stony Brook (football), Ithaca (football), UNH (football), Cortland (football).
Q: What has been your favorite memory at Cold Spring Harbor?
Football Long Island Championship 2018.
Q: What does Cold Spring Harbor have to do to go back to the Long Island Championship?
My new year’s resolution is to prepare as hard as I can for the season.