Who was Aidan Kaminska? Lacrosse star at UMass Amherst dies 'unexpectedly' at 19
A star lacrosse player, Aidan Kaminska from Long Island, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst died on Monday, May 30. According to an obituary notice and the university, the 19-year-old who was raised in Port Jefferson died "unexpectedly."
The cause of death of the student is not listed in either the obituary or the university announcement. Kaminska was a sophomore communications major and a member of the Minutemen lacrosse team at UMass Amherst. Kaminska's love of sports began as a child in his Long Island hometown, where he began playing lacrosse. In junior high, he got to play both lacrosse and football for the Port Jefferson School District and was a captain of the team in both sports. For his senior year, he was named All-County Midfielder in lacrosse and All-County and All-State in football.
After scoring three goals against Hofstra University in April, the boy was named Rookie of the Week and dubbed "an unlikely hero" by the student newspaper. For the 2022 season, he was named to the CAA All-Rookie team, and in the final, he joined the CAA All-Tournament team. According to his obituary, the teen was known for "his infectious smile" and his ability as "a tremendous athlete."
In college, he gained CAA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll for fall 2020. The obituary further added that Aidan "loved to be goofy and make people laugh. He loved baby animals, especially ducklings and bunnies. He enjoyed taking long walks in nature and he worked out fiercely. He also enjoyed cooking, often sautéing fresh spinach and trying out new recipes."
Kaminska enjoyed baby animals, long walks in the woods, cooking, and experimenting with new recipes. He “loved to be goofy and make people laugh,” his family stated in his obituary. “Aidan had numerous friends and was an inspiration to many,” his obituary further stated. “He will sorely be missed.”
His funeral is scheduled on Friday, June 3, between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm at Bryant Funeral Home, 411 Old Town Rd in East Setauket, NY.