West Islip lacrosse star Justin Turri has enjoyed some of the sport’s highest accolades at the collegiate and high school levels.
Now, Turri has the option of going pro as the Duke senior was drafted this past Friday by the expansion Charlotte Hounds of Major League Lacrosse. He was one of four Blue Devils selected in the draft’s first nine picks.
A 2007 West Islip High School graduate, Turri in 2011 was named after helping Duke reach the Division I NCAA national semi-finals. In 2010, he had 20 goals and 37 total points, including 6 goals and 10 points in the NCAA tournament that ended with Duke winning the school’s first lacrosse National Championship.
During his first three seasons playing midfield with the Blue Devils, Turri has played in 54 games with 51 goals and 39 assists.
The success Turri has enjoyed on the lacrosse field at Duke follows a stellar career in West Islip. He played three years on the high school’s boys varsity team that went 66-3 during that period and won two New York State Class A titles. In high school, Turri had 138 goals and 84 assists, which included two 60-plus-goal seasons.