Riverhead senior to play football and lacrosse in college

05/26/2015 10:00 AM |
RJ Foster will play football and lacrosse at Dean College. He was joined by his parents Edith and Roger for a signing ceremony as well as athletic director Bill Groth (from left) varsity coach Vic Guadagnino, guidance counselor Chris Martin and assistant principal Sean O'Hara. (Credit: Riverhead School District)

R.J. Foster will play football and lacrosse at Dean College. He was joined by his parents Edith and Roger for a signing ceremony as well as athletic director Bill Groth (from left), varsity coach Vic Guadagnino, guidance counselor Chris Martin and assistant principal Sean O’Hara. (Credit: Riverhead School District)

Deciding which college to attend can be an overwhelming process for any high school student. Add in athletics to the mix and it can become even more daunting.

For a select few athletes, the decision also becomes which sport to play in college. 

In the case of Riverhead senior R.J. Foster, he decided to not just pursue one sport at that next level, but two.

Foster plans to attend Dean College in Franklin, Mass. to play on both the football and lacrosse teams there. A speedster, Foster played running back and defensive back for the football team and in the midfield for the lacrosse team.

Foster received an athletic scholarship totaling $35,000 per year, according to a Riverhead School District press release.

“I want to stand out,” Foster said. “I’m striving, wanting to be the best that I can be.”

Dean College participates in the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Foster plans to pursue a criminal justice or related major at Dean College.

Foster’s guidance counselor, Chris Martin, said he has a passion to play multiple sports.

“Football usually takes center stage,” Martin said. “His dream is to become a cornerback in the NFL someday if things fall into place for him.”

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