Cavalier Corner

April 2013

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"Bucknell was a smaller place. I like the idea of being in a bigger school environment, and I like just going around campus and really seeing different people every single day. And this is much more of a city, whereas Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, is a very, very small college town. "It's cool. It's really been a fun experience. I'm glad I got to have it." In his three seasons at Bucknell, where he split time between attack and midfield, he totaled 76 goals and 28 assists. "Charlie is a forceful offen- sive player who requires that you deal with him," Virginia head coach Dom Starsia said. "Those kind of guys are always valuable on offense. You can never have enough of those." Streep is from New Canaan, Conn., where as a high school player he was overlooked by Division I lacrosse programs. A torn ACL had forced him to sit out his junior season, "and I was a late bloomer, too," Streep recalled. "My senior year of high school, I was about 5-foot-9 and 155 pounds soaking wet." He spent a postgraduate year at the Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, Conn., where he started lifting weights with his roommate, Matt Kugler, who went on to play at UVa. Streep got bigger and better. Still, he said, "Bucknell was really the only school that recruited me." Starsia doesn't remember him as a high school player, but Streep made a powerful impression on the Hall of Fame coach during Bucknell's 2011 game in Charlottesville. "He's someone that doesn't get intimidated by having the pole on him, and he carries the ball with confidence, and he's somebody that makes things happen at the offensive end," Starsia said. Streep's father, Dana, played baseball at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa. Streep played both baseball and lacrosse as a boy, but by the fifth grade he had a clear favorite. His father didn't object. "He actually fell in love with lacrosse the same time I did," Streep recalled. Dana Streep has two siblings, including an older sister who's one of the most acclaimed actresses of all time. "We're very, very close," Streep said of his godmother. That, of course, would be Meryl Streep, who attended a few of her nephew's lacrosse games at Bucknell. He's not expecting to see her in the stands at Klöckner this season, though, because the crowds there are much bigger than those at the Bison's Christy MathewsonMemorial Stadium. His favorite of his aunt's films? "She's really talented, and I pretty much like everything that she's done," Streep said. "I think 'The Devil Wears Prada' is probably the funniest to see, because it's just the complete antithesis of her personality, so it really showcases her talent, how she's able to play a really mean and maniacal person." Streep isn't sure if many of his new teammates are familiar with his family story. That's fine with him. "It's kind of better that way," he said. "She's just kind of like a normal aunt to me." ◆

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