A 19-year-old Copiague man and Hofstra University sophomore athlete died Saturday of injuries suffered in a car crash on the morning New Year’s Day, the school and authorities said.

Joe Ferriso was driving his Jeep on Great Neck Road when he crashed into a tree at 7:20 a.m. Jan. 1, Suffolk County police said. He was taken to Good Samaritan hospital in West Islip, where he died two days later.

“Words can not describe the feeling of sorrow and sense of loss our team and the Hofstra Lacrosse family have at this time,” Seth Tierney, Hofstra Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach, said in a statement.  “Joe was the definition of teammate and if we can not play with him, then we will play for him.”

The Kellenberg Memorial High School graduate was a mechanical engineering major and defender on the Hofstra men’s lacrosse team. He is survived by his mother, Debbie; father, Al; and sister, Amy.

Wake services for Ferriso will be held 2-4:30 p.m. and 7-9:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at D’Andrea Bros.Funeral Home, 99 Oak St. in Copiague. His funeral mass is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Assumption Church, 1 Molloy St. in Copiague.

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