Stratford High sophomore lacrosse standout Edie Threshie comes from strong athletic bloodlines.
Her father, Chuck, was a goalie at the University of North Carolina, but his daughter isn’t quite as adapt at stopping balls as she is shooting them. And scoring with them.
Threshie, a low attack who plays year-round for Gold Coast Travel out of Long Island, has 32 goals in seven games so far this season, heading into Tuesday’s game against Bunnell.
Last week, before the start of an SHS practice, Threshie took some time to go “On the Record” with the Stratford Sports Scene.
STRATFORD SPORTS SCENE: What’s the best thing about Stratford High School?
EDIE THRESHIE: The best thing about Stratford High School is being on the team, actually. When you’re on a team, it’s like you’re family. We’re with each other every day, and always working together. We’re always there for each other and cheering each other on. When I come to practice, all of a sudden get into a better mood. I’m always happy to be here, even on my worst days.
SSS: If you could change one thing about the school, what would it be?
ET: I wish I our field was at our school. That’s about it.
SSS: What teacher or coach has had the biggest impact on your life so far?
ET: (Stratford girls lacrosse coach) Coach Sarah (Stevens) because I have a really long history with her, being family friends. She knows me best and she always has just motivated me. Whenever I’m having a rough game or I’m feeling down on myself, she’ll pull me over and remind me not to get in my head and tell me, “You got this, Edie, we know what you’re capable of doing.”
SSS: How did you become a lacrosse player, instead of one of the other sports?
ET: A lot of my family plays lacrosse. My dad played at North Carolina. My dad put the stick in my hand when I was little and I’ve been playing since about first grade, even since then. It’s the only sport I can play. I’ve tried other things, but they just weren’t for me.
SSS: How big was it for the team to get its first win last week?
ET: It was very important. Last season, last year, was very good. We went to states and I don’t want to lose that. I want to keep working and keep winning with my team and hopefully we can go places.
SSS: What was the toughest thing to learn about lacrosse?
ET: Well, when I started off, I played defense for the first seven years of my career. When I stated playing attack, it was all new to me. I had to teach myself how to get around defenders and teach myself how to do these different dodges and pushed myself to go to clinics and learn how to shoot. It’s little things, if you mess up a little bit, it can affect your shot.
SSS: Having been a defender, does it help you on offense because you know the defender’s mindset a little bit?
ET: Of course. I think having a good field IQ and knowing what everybody is supposed to be doing is the best. It’s one of the most important things for a player.
SSS: What, in your opinion, is the biggest difference between boys lacrosse and girls lacrosse?
ET: The aggressiveness for sure. When I’m playing lacrosse, sometimes I wish I could be as aggressive as a guy could and slam girls sometimes. It’s hard not to. So, yeah, the aggressiveness. And their shots. They can shoot really far out. I can only shoot from the top of the eight, but they can shoot from about 30 yards out.
SSS: What are your hopes and goals for your lacrosse career?
ET: You know, playing in college for me would be a huge honor. Growing up I always said I want to play in college. Right now, I’m in Health and Medical course in high school, and if I major in nursing and playing lacrosse, that’s a lot to handle. I’m debating right now how far I want to go, but I know I’ll play in college. Maybe club. We’ll see where it goes.
SSS: If you could play any other sport out there, what would you like to try?
ET: Football. That sport looks so much fun.
SSS: What is your earliest sports memory?
ET: My biggest one is when I was little, we belonged to Mill River Country Club, and I was on the swim team. I was really little and my mom just threw me in the pool and made me a swimmer.
SSS: What scares you?
ET: Not really anything. Physically? Maybe drowning, being held under water. Maybe it’s a flash back to my swimming days.
SSS: What is something nobody else knows about you?
ET: I think nobody really sees how emotional I get out on the field when I’m playing lacrosse. Sometimes it gets to me, if I’m having a bad game, I can get really, really down on myself. And, I just don’t think my team understand how much I care about them so much, every single one of them.
SSS: If you follow this team on social media, it really seems like it’s a close team. Are you as close as it seems?
ET: We do stuff all the time. Even not at lacrosse, we have pasta parties and go to other sports and all that. We’re always together. During preseason, we do conditioning. We do winter season, seven on seven. We do group chats. We’re always talking. It’s about more than just lacrosse, too. We have so many things to talk about.
SSS: What was the last book you read that wasn’t for school?
ET: “To Kill a Mockingbird” (by Harper Lee). It was my dad’s favorite book. That’s why I read it.
SSS: If Netflix was shutting down, what would you rush home to watch one last time?
ET: “Friends.” It’s such a good show. I love that show.
SSS: What is your favorite hype-up song?
ET: “Come on Eileen” (by the Dexys Midnight Runners). That’s our team’s song. We have to listen to it before every game.
SSS: Prom is coming up. If you could go with anybody in the world, who would you want to take?
ET: Anybody in the world? I’d go with A$AP Rocky. He’s a rapper.
SSS: If you could go out to dinner with three other people, again anybody in the world, who would you pick?
ET: A$AP Rocky. He’s like very inspirational. I literally watch videos of him talking. Same with Tyler the Creator. They have really artistic minds. They put music together and compose it in a different way. And, also, who would the last one be? (Pause). Katie Fontan, she’s my best friend. She has to be there because she loves them as much as me.
SSS: What was the last movie you saw and gives us a one sentence review?
ET: I barely watch movies. It was a scary movie, I forgot that name of it. It was called something about you can’t look at him … “The Bye-Bye Man.” That’s it. It was very boring. I fell asleep.
SSS: What one word best describes Edie Threshie?