BY MICHAEL KELLY
NISKAYUNA — Midway through this past school year, Asa Goldstock found herself with a tough choice.
The 17-year-old could either stay at Niskayuna High School with her childhood friends and chase a sectional title with the Silver Warriors. Or, the nationally well-regarded goalie prospect could head to the New Hampton School, a preparatory school in New Hampshire.
She chose to make a change and try something different, a decision that still surprises her to some extent.
“I never thought I’d do that. I always figured I’d graduate from here,” she recently said outside of Niskayuna High School. “But it has been awesome and a great experience.”
Goldstock did not miss a beat at her new school, where the Syracuse University-commit stepped in immediately as the team’s starting goalie. Goldstock helped her team to a league championship and was named team MVP after a season in which she made 114 saves and allowed 71 goals.
Goldstock recently competed at the July 3-5 2015 Under Armour Underclass Lacrosse Tournament at Johnny Unitas Stadium on the campus of Towson University in Towson, Maryland, a 10-team event that brings together some of the best scholastic-age talent in the country.
She played in the Under Armour tournament in 2014, too.
“They cater it to athletes so well. They give you cleats, socks, shorts — they make you feel like an athlete, and it’s just cool,” Goldstock said of the tournament. “The competition level is really high. It’s awesome.”
Your Niskayuna caught up with Goldstock before she went to Maryland:
Q: You were all set to play with Niskayuna this spring up until just a couple months before the season started. How tough of a decision was it to leave?
A: It was really hard, but I was thinking that if it was 10 years from now and I was looking back on it, I’d regret not doing it — especially knowing what I know now about my new school.
Q: What was the best thing about your new school?
A: The people. They’re from everywhere. I had a roommate from South Korea. She’s awesome, and it’s been awesome to learn about different people and where they’re from. It’s crazy to meet all these new people, and they’ve all been so genuine, happy and nice.
Q: On the field, what helped you the most at your new school?
A: My coach (Jenna McCabe). She’s amazing. She played at Boston College, and she’s really pushed me to be a better person — athletically and academically. Game-wise, being able to play with different people, too, and pushing myself to the best and show people who I am has really helped me.
Q: Lacrosse-wise, how does your new team and its competition compare to teams around Section II?
A: My school for lacrosse is a powerhouse. We have a girl committed to UNC, and another girl committed to Boston College — I’ve never seen anyone as good as her in high school. We won our championship, we went as far as we could, but there’s schools around here — Shaker, Niskayuna, Shen — that definitely compare to us.
Q: At the Under Armour tournament, you’ll get to play with some old teammates in Niskayuna’s Becca Curro, Marisa DiVietro and Alissa Franze. Is that exciting?
A: That’s awesome, I haven’t played with them in a while. … It’s great to be playing with them again. It’s something I never really thought I’d get to do again after I left.