Goldner excels at MP
Lacrosse has been a part of Adam Goldner’s life ever since middle school. He played on his first club team at the age of 10 for Skyhawks Lacrosse.
A few years later, Goldner made a decision that would change his life forever.
Living in the Parkland School District, Goldner’s academic and athletic career figured to be with the famous red and white colors he grew up around. But there was something that pushed Goldner into another direction.
“I had seen people in the Lehigh Valley succeed and do absolutely fine, but I always wanted something more,” Goldner said.
As an eighth grader he was named to a prestigious club team in Philadephia called Duke’s Triple H.
“I was lucky to excel academically and athletically, but I was never complacent,” he said.
Shortly after visiting Parkland for his freshman orientation, that life-changing decision came to fruition. Rather than joining the Trojans, Goldner enrolled at Malvern Prep where he would continue his academic and athletic career.
“I talked to my parents about enrolling at Malvern and the following week they were able to schedule a visit,” Goldner said.
And now, with his senior season just getting underway, Goldner will have at least four more years of lacrosse in the future as he signed a letter of intent to play lacrosse at the University of Pennsylvania.
“I am unbelievably grateful to be blessed with the opportunity to not only continue playing the sport I love, but also get the chance to enroll at such a prestigious institution like Penn,” Goldner said. “Head coach Mike Murphy emphasized how significant the Adam Goldner of 2020 was and not just the current version. It was never just about athletic development, it was about shaping myself as a person for the future long after I can no longer play lacrosse.”
The decision offered Goldner to continue playing against some of the nation’s top talent in lacrosse when he joined Malvern after her suited up with top players from the tri-state area at Duke’s Triple H. Judging by their start to the season, Malvern is looking sharp just two games in.
In a recent trip to North Carolina, Goldner helped Malvern defeat two of the country’s defending champions in St. Anne’s Belfield (Virginia) and Cardinal Gibbons (North Carolina). In his sophomore season, Malvern finished No. 3 in the nation.
Goldner finished last year as Malvern’s leader in goals (45) and assists (42), while earning First Team All Inter-Ac and All-State honors. He was also named to the Under Armour Underclassmen Team in Philadelphia as a junior and sophomore.
Playing on such a highly-talented team and attending a school like Malvern calls for a ton of dedication and commitment. Living in Allentown, it’s not out of the ordinary for him to have a two-hour commute both ways. In fact, it’s the norm that he’s become accustomed to.
“It requires even more time with planning, communicating and compromising with the carpool for just a simple trip to or from school,” Goldner said. “It’s not just my own schedule I need to be cautious of since I need to also juggle the routines of the rest of the carpool. Every time down is a daily trip that doesn’t allow for a quick trip home for a break.”
Goldner has also taken it upon himself to hold more of a leadership role this season after one of Malvern’s assistant coaches left to pursue a college lacrosse job.
“I took the initiative this year, along with a small faction of seniors, to run the diurnal workouts throughout the offseason for all the lacrosse players not in a fall or winter sport,” Goldner said. “This included runs that began well before school starts and lifts that lasted long after classes were over.”
The classroom is another side of the journey, which calls for just as much, if not more focus and dedication. Goldner is taking four advanced placement courses this year.
Next year will call for even more commitment at Penn. Adjusting to college life is a change that all freshmen deal with. Throw in the Division I athletic aspect of it, and Goldner will have a busy four years as a member of the Quakers. He was accepted into the Wharton School of Business.
But before all of that, he’s hoping to keep Malvern on the map in this his final high school season.