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Joe Ferriso, 19, Hofstra lacrosse defender, dies in car crash

Hofstra University, the Department of Athletics and the

Hofstra University, the Department of Athletics and the Pride Men's Lacrosse program mourn the death of student-athlete Joe Ferriso, who died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2014, from injuries suffered in a car accident. Credit: Hofstra University

Hofstra University lacrosse player Joe Ferriso died Saturday of injuries sustained in a car accident, according to a statement from the school Sunday.

Ferriso, 19, of Copiague, was a sophomore at Hofstra, where he served as a defender on the men's NCAA Division I lacrosse team.

"Words can't describe the feeling of sorrow and sense of loss our team and the Hofstra Lacrosse family have at this time," coach Seth Tierney wrote in a statement. "Joe was the definition of teammate, and if we can't play with him, then we will play for him."

Ferriso was a former student athlete at Kellenberg Memorial High School in Uniondale, university officials said.

He is survived by his parents, Debbie and Al Ferriso, a supervisor in the Hofstra physical plant department. He also is survived by his sister, Amy, who university officials said played for Hofstra's women's soccer team from 2004 through 2008.

The Ferriso family could not be reached Sunday night to comment. Details of the crash were not immediately available.

University officials said visitation will be on Wednesday and Thursday from 2 to 4:30 p.m. and 7 to 9:30 p.m. at D'Andrea Bros. Funeral Home, 99 Oak St., Copiague.

The funeral Mass will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Assumption Roman Catholic Church, 1 Molloy St., Copiague.

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