The St. John’s University alum allegedly nearly gutted by his lacrosse captain roommate is “lucky to be alive,” his sister told The Post on Thursday, adding that their entire family is “traumatized.”
Justin Corpolongo, 23 — a 2018 university alumnus who used to play on the lacrosse team — is recovering from surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Queens after getting stabbed early Tuesday.
“I feel horrible about what happened, it’s very upsetting,” his sister Sally Corpolongo said in a phone call. “The whole family is traumatized.”
Police and sources say Corpolongo’s roommate Matthew Stockfeder, 21, stabbed him during a brawl at the off-campus home of some lacrosse players.
The two men were squaring off at the home on 172nd Street around 73rd Avenue in Flushing when Corpolongo suddenly “felt a sharp pain to his abdomen,” according to a criminal complaint unsealed in Queens court Wednesday afternoon.
Sources said Stockfeder had the upper hand in the brawl when he plunged a kitchen knife into Corpolongo’s gut, puncturing his small intestine.
His doctors told the family “it is a miracle that he’s alive,” said Sally, a registered nurse at another NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital location.
“The stab wounds were millimeters from hitting vital organs and arteries that would have killed him in minutes,” she said.
Her brother is “a really hard worker” who has gigs as a high school teacher and a part-time restaurant worker, she said.
Stockfeder turned himself in Wednesday on assault charges.
His next court appearance is Dec. 5
Additional reporting by Larry Celona
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