BY MICHAEL KELLY
ALBANY — A remarkable comeback couldn’t extend the stellar college career of Luke Goldstock in Saturday’s homecoming game for the North Carolina senior.
But the loss couldn’t ruin the experience of playing just miles from home.
“To see family, friends, old coaches, old teammates,” Goldstock said, “it was really cool.”
Goldstock’s North Carolina men’s lacrosse team fell 15-12 to UAlbany in the first round of the NCAA tournament Saturday at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium, the closest venue to his Niskayuna home Goldstock played at during his time with the Tar Heels.
North Carolina trailed 14-3 at halftime, but got to within 14-12 in the fourth quarter. Goldstock scored both his goals during the 9-0 run.
“We were really firing on all cylinders for a bit there in the second half,” Goldstock said, “and we were kinda feeling that magic that we feel in the postseason where we just feel like everything is going in.”
For the season, Goldstock finished second in scoring for North Carolina with 45 points.
A 2013 Niskayuna High School graduate, Goldstock started in three of his seasons at North Carolina. He set the program’s single-season goals record with 50 as a sophomore, and finished his career with 120 goals and 55 assists.
Goldstock scored four goals in last year’s NCAA tournament championship victory for North Carolina. As a senior, he was an All-ACC selection for the first time, and helped lead the Tar Heels to a conference tournament championship.
He ended his career playing in front of a record crowd for an NCAA men’s lacrosse tournament first-round game.
“That was probably one of the coolest atmospheres I’ve ever played in in my life,” Goldstock said. “I mean, that was awesome.”