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Long Island, New York lacrosse player dies ‘unexpectedly’ while studying at University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • Aidan Kaminska, 19, from Port Jefferson, died ‘unexpectedly’ of unknown causes on Monday
  • He studied communications and was part of the Minutemen, the men’s lacrosse team, where he won numerous awards
  • Aidan has been playing lacrosse since he was a young boy and was a ‘huge athlete’
  • His family described the teen as ‘goofy’ and someone who loved ‘making people laugh’
  • They also said he loved to cook, go for walks in nature, and love “ducks and bunnies.”

A Long Island lacrosse player died “unexpectedly” at age 19 while studying at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Aidan Kaminska, of Port Jefferson, New York, died Monday morning from unknown causes at his parents’ home, news day reported.

He was a communications major at the school and was a midfielder for the school’s lacrosse team. He won Rookie of the Week as a freshman and then went on to win the 2022 CAA All-Tournament team.

The student newspaper The Massachusetts Daily Collegian dubbed him “an unlikely hero” after the sophomore in April after scoring three goals in a game against Hofstra University.

“It took the Minutemen five minutes to get going, but Kaminska showed confidence in himself from the moment he took the field,” a student wrote for the newspaper. “His impact on the game was crucial. But more than that, Kaminska created a moment he will never forget.’

Aidan Kaminska, 19, of Port Jefferson, died ‘unexpectedly’ on Monday. His cause of death is unknown. He was a sophomore at UMass Amherst

He was part of the Minutemen, the school's lacrosse team, and was called an

He was part of the Minutemen, the school’s lacrosse team, and was called an “unlikely hero” by the student newspaper after scoring three goals in a game against Hofstra University. He won numerous awards while on the team and has been playing the sport since he was little

The men’s lacrosse team, the Minutemen, honored the player in a statement, writing, “The Massachusetts athletics department extends its condolences to Aidan’s family, friends, teammates and coaches.”

Hofstra lacrosse also paid tribute to the player on his Twitter page, writing: “We extend our deepest condolences to the Kaminska family and the @UMassMLacrosse community for the sudden loss of Aidan Kaminska.”

The Atlantic 10 Conference also offered the student-athlete its “heartfelt condolences.”

“We have lost a wonderful young man far too early in this life, and we send prayers of support and strength,” the conference said in a statement.

Aidan has been playing lacrosse since he was a young boy and was a “huge athlete,” according to his obituary† He began his athletic career with a Port Jefferson team and went on to play for Legacy Lacrosse, a travel team, where he was on the winning team for the 2016 World Series of Youth Lacrosse.

He also captained his high school lacrosse and soccer teams, earning the All-County Midfielder award his junior year. He also won awards for football.

Adian’s family described him in his obituary as a “goofy” person who loved “making people laugh.”

The 19-year-old loved 'long walks in nature' and cooking, especially 'baking spinach and trying new recipes'

The 19-year-old loved ‘long walks in nature’ and cooking, especially ‘baking spinach and trying new recipes’

He also liked “ducks and bunnies” and enjoyed “long walks in nature.” The teen “also liked to cook, often sautéing fresh spinach and trying new recipes.”

His family called him an “inspiration to many” and said he would be “dearly missed.”

His mother Lydia wrote on Facebook: ‘My beautiful son, Aidan. My heart is broken forever.’

His high school district also honored the student, with the superintendent writing, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the former student’s friends, family, and loved ones at this difficult time…I extend my deepest and most sincere condolences to the family, the staff and friends who have suffered this great loss.’

Aidan will be buried Saturday at St. James RC Church in Setauket, New York. A vigil will be offered Friday at Bryant Funeral Home from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

DailyMail.com has reached out to the family for comment.

The Atlantic 10 Conference expressed their

The Atlantic 10 Conference expressed their “condolence” to the student-athlete, saying: “We have lost a great young man in this life by ear”

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