Hempstead, N.Y. -- Hofstra University, the Department of Athletics and the Pride men's lacrosse program mourn the passing of student-athlete Joe Ferriso, who passed away Saturday from injuries suffered in a car accident.

Ferriso, a two-sport athlete at Kellenberg Memorial High School, was a sophomore defender on the Hofstra men's lacrosse team. He is the son of Debbie and Al Ferriso, a supervisor in the Hofstra Physical Plant Department, and the brother of Amy, who was a member of the Pride women's soccer team from 2004 through 2008. Ferriso was also a member of the club lacrosse team at Hofstra prior to joining the NCAA Division I program.

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

Ferriso was 19 years old.