August 15, 2012 - Adam Gohl was surprised when he received a phone call from Lawrence Technological University.
Adam Gohl guards the net against opponents. Photo by Larry Wright (click for larger version)
They called in June and offered him a scholarship to be their goalie on the lacrosse team.
"I didn't know the smaller schools could give scholarships," he said. "I am pretty excited to keep playing lacrosse."
"It came from nowhere," said mom, Laura. "We were flabbergasted and we couldn't believe when he got off the phone with the coach. 'He just offered me a free ride.' We thought he couldn't be right."
A trip to the campus and meeting with the coach confirmed it was true.
"We tease because that day we heard the offer, he was planning to go to Oakland Community College and live at home to save on money," said Laura. "He went from living at home to getting a phone call that changed all of our lives. It was a wonderful day."
Adam started playing lacrosse in ninth grade as a second sport since he was playing football in the fall.
"He went right out and said I want to be a goalie," Laura added. "Most people don't want to be goalies. He was already an athlete and he had great hand-eye coordination and passion. He always showed up and did what the coach told him."
He finished his senior year with the Clarkston Boys Varsity Lacrosse team named to the All-State third team.
"It's really neat," he said. "I didn't know that was going to happen.We had five players with All-State honors. When my name I was called, I was really surprised."
He played in the Michigan Hall of Fame game for lacrosse.
"It was a lot of fun," he added. "At that point I didn't know I was going to Lawrence Tech so I figured it was my last game playing lacrosse."
During his senior year, he had help from a coach specifically brought in to help the goalies.
"It really had an impact," Adam added. "Goalies aren't lucky enough to have a specific coach, especially one that played college lacrosse. It is very special because goalie is an important position. "
Adam plans to go into the biomedical engineering program when he starts classes on Aug. 29.
"There are a number of things I can do with the degree," he said. "I want to enter the medical field and it allows me to do it. It also leaves my options open."
"The lacrosse program in Clarkston is really awesome and really good," Adam added. "I was lucky I got to play with Clarkston."
Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.