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The knife that a St. John’s University’s lacrosse player is accused of plunging into his roommate’s gut came perilously close to severing a major artery, the victim’s parents said Thursday.

Justin Corpolongo could have quickly bled to death if the steak knife that left two five-inch stab wounds in his lower abdomen had done a little more damage. The knife “missed his descending aorta by millimeters,” his mother Robin told the Daily News.

“He would have bled out in seconds,” the relieved mother said as she sat at her dozing son’s side in his room at New York-Presbyterian/Queens.

Cops said Corpolongo, a St. John’s alum, was stabbed and nearly disemboweled by his roommate during an argument and scuffle Tuesday morning at an unsanctioned frat house a few blocks from the schools’ Queens campus.

Lacrosse team captain Matthew Stockfeder, 21, allegedly stabbed Corpolongo, 23, during a wild fight over annoying text messages, officials said. The longtime friends were former teammates on the St. John’s lacrosse team.

“One of his abs was cut in half — and that ab probably saved his life,” said the victim’s father, Dominick. “His small intensities were sticking out at the time of the incident, and one section of the small intestine was pierced through.”

Matthew Stockfeder, pictured, of Melville, Long Island, is facing assault charges for the Tuesday morning stabbing.
Matthew Stockfeder, pictured, of Melville, Long Island, is facing assault charges for the Tuesday morning stabbing. (RedStormSports.com)

Doctors had to remove part of his small intestines, leaving Corpolongo unable to eat and at risk of a major infection.

“It’s going to be a long recovery,” the victim’s mother said. “He’s so distraught about it. He can’t believe that it happened.”

“It’s indescribably horrible,” his dad added. “But when you realize how close he came to being killed, nothing else matters.”

The victim lives with Stockfeder and other current and former St. John’s students in an apartment a few blocks away from the frat house.

When Corpolongo got home from his high school biology teaching job Monday, he complained Stockfeder’s music was too loud.

Friends rushed Corpolongo, pictured in an undated photo, to New York-Presbyterian Queens, where he underwent surgery but was expected to survive.
Friends rushed Corpolongo, pictured in an undated photo, to New York-Presbyterian Queens, where he underwent surgery but was expected to survive.

Stockfeder and another roommate angrily left to go to the frat house, where several teammates were watching Monday Night Football. While there, Stockfeder repeatedly texted the victim, calling him a loser for still living with his pals two years after graduating, sources said.

Around midnight, the victim showed up at the frat house and confronted Stockfeder about the teasing texts.

As the two wrestled on the ground, Stockfeder allegedly grabbed a knife and jammed it into the victim’s gut.

Friends rushed the victim to New York-Presbyterian Queens, where he underwent surgery but was expected to survive.

Stockfeder was charged with assault and released on $5,000 bail.

On Thursday, get-well balloons were tied to Corpolongo’s hospital bed and a teddy bear sat on the table as he slept and recovered.

“He’s had a ton of support,” his mother said. “He has an amazing network of friends.”

“The University is aware of an incident involving a student and an alum that occurred at an off-campus location, not owned by the University, and is fully cooperating with the investigation by law enforcement officials,” St. John’s University spokesman Brian Browne said Wednesday.