Redmen midfielder Joe Modica will be suiting up for Dowling College’s lacrosse team this fall. The East Islip High School senior recently signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Oakdale college’s Golden Lions. Dowling’s fourth-seeded team, which plays at the school’s Brookhaven Campus in Shirley, won their first ever men's lacrosse national championship this week.
“Dowling is a really good Division II school with a great tradition, and it’s close to home,” Modica said, explaining his choice. He and his East Islip coach Joe Ancona were particularly impressed with the Dowling lacrosse program and facilities. “Coach Tim Boyle made me feel really comfortable,” added the senior, who has been playing lacrosse since second or third grade and also was a member of EI’s varsity football squad. Modica plans to major in biology with a minor in aviation.