Ex-college lacrosse player convicted of stabbing roommate

Posted at 3:11 PM, Mar 26, 2022

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City jury has convicted the former captain of the St. John’s University lacrosse team of stabbing and nearly disemboweling his roommate in a dispute over a loud party at their apartment in 2019. The roommate survived.

The Queens jury returned guilty verdicts on assault and weapons charges against Matthew Stockfeder, 23, who now faces up to 25 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for April 7. The convictions were handed down Thursday and announced Friday by Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz.

According to trial testimony, Stockfeder stabbed Justin Corpolongo in the abdomen in October 2019, after Corpolongo had complained about a loud party in the Queens apartment as he was trying to sleep. Stockfeder and others at the party agreed to go to another location, prosecutors said.

But the two men exchanged angry text messages and Corpolongo went to the new party site, where he was stabbed while confronting Stockfeder, prosecutors said.

Corpolongo survived after undergoing surgery to repair a laceration to his small intestine, officials said.

A message-seeking comment was left for Stockfeder’s lawyer Saturday. Stockfeder was captain of the St. John’s lacrosse team at the time of the stabbing and was removed from the team.