The lacrosse community is mourning the loss of three former Manhasset High School players – Michael Farrell, 20, James Farrell, 25, and Ryan Kiess, 25 – who died in a car crash on Montauk Highway in Quogue, New York, on Saturday night.
The three, along with Kiess’ girlfriend Brianna Maglio, 22, of Garden City, who is hospitalized in critical condition, were taking an Uber to go out that night. Their Uber driver, Farhan Zahid, 32, of Bay Shore, also died at the scene. He leaves behind three children.
At about 11:15 p.m., a Nissan Maxima moving west on the highway hit Zahid’s Toyota Prius going east head-on. Justin Mendez, 22, who was driving the Maxima, was taken to Southampton Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. Police said the Maxima speeding may have played a role in the crash, though the investigation is ongoing.
After graduating from Manhasset High School, Kiess played lacrosse at the University of Scranton, where he met Maglio, who also played lacrosse at the school. James Farrell played college lacrosse at Penn and served as captain as a senior in 2018, and his brother Michael Farrell was the captain of the Villanova club men’s lacrosse team.
Lacrosse All Stars extends its condolences to the families and loved ones of the Farrells, Kiess, Zahid, and Mendez, as well as Manhasset lacrosse, and wish for a healthy recovery for Maglio.
Here is other lacrosse news from the week of July 13-19, 2021.
Featured photo courtesy of Penn Athletics.
Last Week in Lacrosse
The European Lacrosse Challenge 2021 was played in Wroclaw, Poland, with the hosts winning first place, defeating Slovakia, 8-4, in the final.
The IOC granted full recognition to World Lacrosse, bringing the sport one step closer to inclusion in the Olympics.
Syracuse women’s lacrosse midfielder Sam Swart and former Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse midfield Cody Radziewicz gave Sixes rave reviews after playing in USA Lacrosse’s Sixes camp.
Coastal Carolina fired women’s lacrosse head coach Kristen Selvage and has begun the search for the program’s third boss in its history.
Athletes Unlimited’s professional women’s lacrosse league started play, with Team Ohlmiller finishing the weekend 3-0.
Saint Rose announced the hiring of Alex Williams as its next men’s lacrosse head coach. Williams was previously an assistant at Frostburg State.
The Diamondback, the Maryland student newspaper, wrote about the Atlanta pipeline the men’s lacrosse program is building.
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