Asa Goldstock ’20, G’21 may have been singularly focused on lacrosse when she arrived at Syracuse University, but she’ll leave knowing she’s become much more than just a lacrosse player. “I’m mostly proud of my growth as a person,” Goldstock says. “If I look back at myself as a freshman and where I am now, I can see the changes I’ve made. What I believe in and who I am is so close to my heart now, and I know it for sure.”
As a four-year starter in goal for the Syracuse University women’s lacrosse team, Goldstock collected 512 career saves—the second most in program history. In the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, she served as a team captain and led the country in goals-against average (7.07), helping guide the Orange to a 7-1 record and a No. 4 ranking in national polls.
Off the field, Goldstock earned a bachelor’s degree in communication and rhetorical studies from the College of Visual and Performing Arts , saying the major helped shape her as a person by both providing opportunities for self-reflection and enhancing her perspective of the world. She also credits her professors and coaches for their support. “They’re constantly looking out for what’s best for you and helping you become the best version of yourself,” she says. “Right now is when you really challenge yourself to figure out what you want to do in life, and they’re helping you guide yourself.”
Goldstock’s Syracuse days are far from over, however. When the NCAA granted student-athletes who played spring sports an extra year of eligibility, Goldstock readily accepted a scholarship that would allow her to tend the net for another season and pursue a master’s degree in sport venue and event management from the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics . For Goldstock, it’s a win-win situation—an opportunity to combine her communication background with her love of sports, and to focus on her goal of working for a professional sports team. And she’s thrilled to return to the lacrosse field. “To come back and finish something I started with my teammates was really an opportunity I couldn’t pass up,” she says. “Although it was terrible and sad the way the season ended, I like to find the positive in things. This is definitely something I needed to do for myself and my teammates, and I made a commitment to my coaches.”
Gearing Up in Goal
Goldstock can trace her love of Syracuse lacrosse to as far back as elementary school. She never even considered playing anywhere else, seeking to follow in the footsteps of her mentor, former Orange four-time All-American Kayla Treanor ’16. Treanor and her older sister, Alyssa, coached Goldstock in a Niskayuna, New York, recreation league and took her under their wing. Goldstock spent a lot of time with the family and calls the Treanors her sisters. When they were in high school, they set the middle-schooler up as a goaltender so they could practice their shots. “They wanted to shoot on someone in goal, so that’s kind of what made me become a goalie,” says Goldstock, who honors Treanor by wearing No. 21. “I definitely grew up with a great opportunity.” After goalkeeping at Niskayuna High School for two years, she enrolled at New Hampton School, a New Hampshire boarding school, where she earned All-America honors.
Lacrosse is a game of give and take. As long as you can bounce back from one negative and make it a positive, then you’re on the right track.—Asa Goldstock
A natural athlete, Goldstock plays with a lot of heart and intensity and challenges herself to focus her emotions. When asked about the mental toughness involved in goaltending, she says she’s developed a strong appreciation for meditation—which is part of her daily routine—and practices visualization before every game. “I try to have a three-second memory,” she says. “Lacrosse is a game of give and take. As long as you can bounce back from one negative and make it a positive, then you’re on the right track.” A vocal leader on the field, she is goal-oriented, promotes teamwork and seeks to inspire her teammates. “I’m truly trying to get the best out of all my teammates and really push them to challenge themselves and not become complacent,” she says.
Valuing Different Experiences
Goldstock herself is in no danger of becoming complacent. In summer 2018, for instance, she acted on her interest in graphic design and bolstered her skill set by taking three courses at Parsons School of Design in New York City. She parlayed that experience into an internship with Digital Hyve, a Syracuse marketing agency. Goldstock also serves on the Syracuse University Diversity and Inclusion Student-Athlete Board. She emphasizes the importance of understanding others, having empathy and sharing experiences with people from different backgrounds, cultures and races. “I like to be around people different than me,” she says. “I feel it helps you grow as a person.”
For Goldstock, playing a game she loves and receiving a Syracuse University education have been more rewarding than she ever imagined. She values her friendships and experiences, and looks forward to building more relationships through the alumni network. “It’s been a dream come true,” she says.