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Acompora Jamboree Raises Awareness

Northport boys lacrosse beats Corning, jamboree honors Louis Acompora.

It was a win, win.

The boys lacrosse team rallied to beat upstate power Corning Saturday at in East Northport, capping a day of thrilling lacrosse while raising awareness.

The day-long event was named for  lacrosse team who died in 2000 after being struck in the chest with a ball and suffering commotio cordis, a rare form of cardiac arrest.

In the decade since, the Louis Acompora Foundation has made a nationwide push for widespread use of automated external defibrillators. AEDs are now a common sight in schools and on athletic fields throughout the state.  

The Foundation promoted CPR in schools legislation: www.supportcprinschools.org. They also taught hands only CPR at a tent.

"We have held the Jamboree for the last 11 years to celebrate Louis' life, his love of lacrosse and his legacy," said his mother, Karen Acompora. "We have always brought forward at the jamboree our mission, the importance of CPR and AED placement in schools and on the athletic field."  

There was lacrosse action, too. The Tigers knocked off prevously undefeated Corning, 12-10. It was the last game of a triple-header. Bayport-Blue Point beat Eastport-South Manor, 14-12. Ward Melville shut out Connetquot, 12-0.

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