It’s not totally uncommon for siblings to decide to attend the same college, but the odds of them playing the same sport and becoming part of the top-five scoring pairs in the country are pretty slim.
That's exactly what Andrew and Olivia Streilein did at Wagner.
Out of all of the DI schools with a men’s and women’s lacrosse team that had a brother-sister pair play for them at one time or another, the Streilein siblings rank fourth for all-time points, just behind duos from Syracuse, Virginia and Duke.
“I never even thought of [it being a possibility],” said Olivia. “It’s pretty awesome to have all our hard work over the years pay off.”
The two have been playing lacrosse for a while, and Andrew, a junior attackman who recently hit a 100 career-goal milestone, takes responsibility for that. In fourth grade, he said he was tired of playing baseball.
“I wanted to try something a little faster,” Andrew said.
After a suggestion from family friends, their mother decided playing lacrosse would be a good idea. Olivia followed suit a year later.
Over the years, the two have improved their skills together, practicing their stick skills and shooting in the backyard throughout high school.
“We grew up playing lacrosse together,” said Olivia
But, it was Olivia that led them both to Wagner.
“When I heard he was going to Wagner,” Olivia said. “I thought it was amazing.”
“It’s awesome to have her right on the other team,” said Andrew. “It’s actually really special to have her here with me.”
But, for the Streilein family, this might not be the last high-scoring duo to hit the lacrosse field. Andrew and Olivia have two younger siblings who play as well. While Olivia reported that their sister is a bit more interested in dance (and will probably pursue that over lacrosse), their brother will likely make it to the college level, too.
“He takes after Andrew a lot,” said Olivia. “I hope when [our brother] gets up here, he can break as many records as [we] did.”