Michael was 32 years old, full of life and very pleasant to be around. He grew up in West Islip, was an avid boater, fisher, musician, and lacrosse player. Michael played lacrosse most part of his life from Elementary School through middle school, high school and college. He was an All-County defenseman for the West Islip Lions under head coach Scott Craig and Bill Turri. He went on to study at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he studied MIS and Business and continued playing lacrosse. Scott Craig, Bill Turri and all the West Islip lacrosse community have helped lacrosse players on and off the field and move to the next level and realize their dreams. Athletics are such an important part of a student-athletes makeup and is often times the foundation of their success in all areas of life. Michael was grateful for the coaching staff who not only helped him him become and excellent lacrosse player, but helped him gain invaluable exposure to colleges and universities around the country who were actively recruiting him. Michael knew how valuable athletics were for an individual’s character. Michael went to and played lacrosse at Rensse- laer Polytechnic Institute and from there he briefly worked in the insurance industry, but found his passion to be helping others. He went on to Medical School and graduated just prior to the tragic event. Each year we give 1-2 Scholarships out to Student Athletes who shared similar qualities and drive.
Michael helped anyone and everyone. He was funny, witty. He was a jack of all trades. Michael was not afraid of anything. At least that is what he let us to believe! Michael is in a good place. He went out on TOP!