Lacrosse fans will recognize the last name.
After all, attackman Luke Goldstock wrapped up his varsity career at Niskayuna High School this past spring by leading the Silver Warriors to an unbeaten record through the New York state semifinals and as a consensus Top 5 player at his position nationally by high school lacrosse experts and followers alike.
Meet Asa Goldstock.
She’s Luke’s cousin, and it was Luke who introduced her to lacrosse when she was a youngster.
Unlike Luke, her job is to prevent goals from being scored.
The rising sophomore on Niskayuna’s girls program does share a big similar to the University of North Carolina-bound Luke Goldstock.
Asa, too, will be playing at the major Division I level, verballing to Syracuse University, a commitment that was first reported when it was made by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s “Lacrosse Insider” section.
What were the main factors in your decision?
I’ve been interested in Syracuse since the day I picked up a lacrosse stick. Some reasons why I chose to play for the orange were because of the amazing coaching staff that I will be able to be taught from! The players that are there now showed me how large the lacrosse atmosphere was there in Syracuse and how much dedication it takes, which I’m extremely excited about!
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I was interested in UNC looking to follow into my cousin Luke’s footsteps along with looking at Virginia.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of player?
Being able to play with players of a lot of skill. Playing with players like Kayla Treanor (sophomore attacker at Syracuse), Janeen Bell ( sophomore defender at UAlbany) and Ritchie Assini (sophomore midfielder at Johns Hopkins) at such a young age and sharing their senior season with them while I was an eighth-grader helped me to develop my skills early.
Some strengths I have as a goaltender is I am a very active goalie, I come out to play defense on an empty girl, I grab interceptions from behind and in front of the cage and I am able to clear into the restraining line at the other side of the field.
How big a role did your Luke play in your development as a player?
Luke plays a huge factor In my development as a player he is one of the huge reasons I play lacrosse in the first place. Not only did I grow up playing with him and the rest of some graduating D-I lacrosse players today shooting on me, he was able to help me with my lacrosse IQ.
Luke is a huge role model for me in life because he achieved the same goals throughout his high school career that I hope to soon achieve by then end of my high school career. It was always easy to have someone in the family who went through the same recruiting process.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
Luke introduced it to me when I was in third grade and from that point on I never stopped playing. I played basketball while in middle school but I chose not to play in high school. In the offseason for lacrosse I still run and catch up on my stick skills.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
Since I was younger I’ve always played for the Adirondack League. This summer I was chosen to be in the first-ever Maverick Women’s Showtime.
Any final thoughts?
Just a huge thank you to my family for supporting me through this process and helping my dream come true to play for Syracuse! Thank you to my hometown Niskayuna for being such a large lacrosse community.
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