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High school notes: Nisky goalie jumps at chance to play at Syracuse

Thursday, August 8, 2013
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Asa Goldstock’s lacrosse wish list got a little shorter last week when she was invited to play for Syracuse University, and gladly agreed to do so.

“I’ve loved the Orange since I’ve been breathing. My whole family, we’re huge fans,” said the goalkeeper from Niskayuna High School. “This is what I’ve always wanted. It’s been my dream since I was little.”

Goldstock had been on the Syr­acuse radar since the eighth grade, when she earned the starting goalie position for the Niskayuna varsity. The star of that 2012 team, Kayla Treanor, finished a record-setting freshman season with the Orange this past spring.

“Kayla has a huge amount to do with it. If it wasn’t for Kayla, they wouldn’t have been as interested,” said Goldstock, who’ll be starting her sophomore year come September. “They came to see her, and they became familiar with me.”

With her defensive reads, quick reaction on scoring bids and clears, Goldstock has helped Niskayuna put together a 22-11 record in her two varsity seasons. Both of them ended with one-goal losses in the Section II semifinals.

“The coaches at Syracuse love the way she plays the game,” said L.J. Goldstock, Asa’s dad. “She’s not afraid, and she’s aggressive.”

The 15-year-old has a high lacrosse IQ, as well. It helps, she said, having older family members who play the game. Her brother Dalton is also a goalkeeper, and he’ll be vying for Niskayuna’s starting job as a senior next spring. Her cousin Luke concluded an illus­trious career at Niskayuna in June, and the attackman will soon be starting his freshman year at North Carolina.

“I can see something happening before it happens, and I’ve become better at directing people,” she said. “It took me a little while, playing with older girls, but now I’m comfortable, as far as communicating with them and letting them know where to be.”

One of Goldstock finest performances last season came in a 9-5 win against Saratoga Springs. She made 17 saves, and did not allow a second-half goal as the Silver Warriors rallied from a 5-4 halftime deficit.

“She’s had some great games,” said L.J. Goldstock.

The two-time Suburban Council second-team all-star began her lacrosse career at an attack player.

“When I first started playing, I couldn’t figure out the stick,” she said. “One day, Luke threw some pads on me — I was 8 years old and he was 12 — and he said, ‘Get in there.’ and they started shooting at me. After I stopped crying, I started to like it.”

Goldstock would like to delete another line from her wish list some time in the future.

“It hasn’t happened yet, but before I graduate, I hope to run all the way down the field and put the ball in the net,” she said. “I’ve been thinking about that since I picked up a stick.”

Syracuse went 18-4 last season, won Big East regular-season and tournament championships and advanced to the NCAA semifinals. The Orange staff includes head coach Gary Gait, assistant/recruiting coordinator Regy Thorpe and assistant Katie Rowan. Rowan is a graduate of Bethlehem High School.

Guilderland attacker Cara Quimby gave Syracuse a verbal commitment this past spring.

Quimby will be entering her junior year in September.

Saratoga among champs

Saratoga Springs won the Class AA boys’ division, and tied for third overall with Fort Ann in the New York State Sportswriters Association All-Sport Championship competition.

Points toward the Kerr Cup standings are earned by schools placing in the top eight in their classes primarily in New York State Public High School Athletic Association season-ending tourn­aments and meets, on a 15-10-8-6-4-3-2-1 basis.

Saratoga claimed the Class AA boys’ title with 30 points after securing state cross country and ice hockey crowns during the 2012-13 school year. Among the other boys’ Kerr Cup champs were Hoosick Falls in Class C with 22 points and Fort Ann in Class D with 25 points. Greenwich won the Class C girls’ title with 24 points.

In the overall (combined boys and girls) standings, Saratoga and Fort Ann both totaled 40 points to share third. Baldwinsville earned the overall title with 43.5 points, and finished just ahead of Sar­atoga for Class AA laurels. Maine-Endwell was second overall with 43.33 points, and took Class A honors. Hoosick Falls (37) and Fort Ann were tops in Class C and D, respectively.

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake won or shared the overall championship from 2009-12.

NYSSWA KERR CUP

ALL-SPORT CHAMPIONSHIP

COMBINED

Class AA

1. Baldwinsville (4), 43.5; 2. Saratoga Springs (3), 40; 3. New Rochelle (4), 33.33; 4. Fayetteville-Manlus (5), 30.17; 5. (tie) Middle Country (2), 30; 5. (tie) Ward Melville (3), 30.

Class A

1. Maine-Endwell (8), 43.33; 2. Garden City (7), 35.67; 3. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (3), 32.5; 4. Troy (4), 31.5; 5. Jamesville-DeWitt (3), 27.5.

Class B

1. (tie) Babylon (6), 30; 1. (tie) Bronxville (4), 30; 3. CBA-Syracuse (3), 29.5; 4. (tie) Cazenovia (4), 22.5; 4. (tie) East Aurora (3), 22.5; 4. (tie) Skaneateles (3), 22.5.

Class C

1. Hoosick Falls (3), 37; 2. (tie) Bishop Kearney (2), 30; 2. (tie) Greenwich (4), 30; 4. Maple Grove (3), 19.25; 5. Friends Academy (5), 18.67.

Class D

1. Fort Ann (3), 40; 2. Poland (2), 22; 3. Batavia Notre Dame (2), 21; 4. Ellicotville (4), 18.5; 5. Binghamton Seton Catholic (2), 17.5.

BOYS

Class AA

1. Saratoga Springs (2), 30; 2. Arlington (3), 28; 3. (tie) McQuaid (2), 25; 3. (tie) New Rochelle (2), 25; 5. Baldwinsville (2), 23.5.

Class A

1. Maine-Endwell (5), 23.83; 2. Garden City (3), 19.5; 3. (tie) Jamesville-DeWitt (2), 17.5; 3. (tie) Jericho (2), 17.5; 5. John Jay Cross River (2), 17.

Class B

1. Babylon (3), 19; 2. Fredonia (2), 17.67; 3. Cazenovia (2), 17.5; 4. (tie) Pawling (1), 15; 4. (tie) Watervliet (1), 15.

Class C

1. Hoosick Falls (2), 22; 2. (tie) Bishop Kearney (1), 15; 2. (tie) Lake George (1), 15; 2. (tie) Port Jefferson (1), 15; 2. (tie) Randolph (1), 15.

Class D

1. Fort Ann (2), 25; 2. (tie) Argyle (1), 15; 2. (tie) Binghamton Seton Catholic (1), 15; 2. (tie) Chazy (1), 15; 2. (tie) Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons (1), 15; 2. (tie) Mount Academy (1), 15.

GIRLS

Class AA

1. (tie) Cicero-North Syracuse (2), 22; 1. (tie) Sachem East (2), 22; 3. Baldwinsville (2), 20; 4. Suffern (2), 16.83; 5. Fayetteville-Manlius (2), 16.

Class A

1. Our Lady of Mercy (2), 22.5; 2. Troy (2), 22; 3. Pittsford Sutherland (3), 21.33; 4. Hamburg (3), 20; 5. Maine-Endwell (3), 19.5.

Class B

1. (tie) Bronxville (3), 20; 1. (tie) Skan­eateles (2), 20; 3. Oneonta (2), 17; 4. (tie) Eden (1), 15; 4. (tie) Greece Odyssey (1), 15; 4. (tie) Irvington (1), 15; 4. (tie) CBA-Syr­acuse (1), 15; 4. (tie) Windsor (1), 15.

Class C

1. Greenwich (3), 24; 2. Holy Names (2), 17; 3. Maple Grove (2), 16.75; 4. Friends Academy (4), 16.17; 5. (tie) Bishop Kearney (1), 15; 5. (tie) Frewsburg (1), 15; 5. (tie) Greene (1), 15; 5. (tie) Hoosick Falls (1), 15.

Class D

1. Batavia Notre Dame (2), 21; 2. El­licotville (3), 18.17; 3. (tie) Fort Ann (1), 15; 3. (tie) Poland (1), 15; 5 Chateaugay (2), 12.5.

* The figure in parenthesis after the school’s name indicates the number of sports in which the school scored points.

new grid coaches

Chris Doody has taken over for Jeff Higgins as Corinth’s varsity football coach.

Doody led the Schuylerville junior varsity the last two seasons and previously served as an assistant at Hudson Falls, his alma mater. He inherits a team that went 4-5, including consecutive late-season wins against Coxsackie-Athens (43-6) and Taconic Hills (41-8).

Higgins has accepted a high school coaching position in Florida.

Tony Ciuffetelli is the new varsity coach at South Glens Falls, with Mike Hammond stepping down for family reasons.

Ciuffetelli is a 13-year veteran on the Bulldogs football staff. He has led the modified and junior varsity teams, and has also worked as a varsity assistant.

South Glens Falls is coming off back-to-back 1-8 seasons, and hasn’t finished above .500 since 1992 (6-3).

Several other Section II schools will have new head coaches this fall, including Schenectady with Mark Cerrone, Ballston Spa with Dave Murello, Cobleskill-Richmondville with Kevin Billington, and Schuylerville with John Bowen. John Barber will direct the merged Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons/Saratoga Catholic varsity, and Ken Meyer will lead the first-year Schoburg (Schoharie/Duanesburg) varsity.

chestnut guest speaker

Linton High School graduate Tom Chestnut, who served as president and chief operating officer for the Cleveland Cavaliers from 1990-95 at later worked with the Philadelphia 76ers, will be the guest speaker at the 16th annual Schenectady City School District Athlete Hall of Fame and Reunion Dinner Sept. 9 at Proctor’s Theatre.

Chestnut played for SCSD hall of famer Walt Przybylo at Linton. He continued his basketball career at Princeton and was a scoring champion afterward while playing in Europe.

This year’s hall of fame inductees will be baseball player Ed Barnowski, basketball player Bob DeLuca and the late auto racer Lee Wallard, winner of the 1951 Indianapolis 500.

Tickets ($50) for the event can be obtained by calling Bob Pezzano at 346-9297.

 
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