St. Mary's Soccer Club Mourning Death of 12-Year-Old Alexis Mason

St. Mary’s Church hosted grief counseling services.

A photo of Sunnyside Recreation Area in Middletown. A 12-year-old girl died suddenly during soccer practice at Sunnyside. Photo Credit: Christina Johnson
A photo of Sunnyside Recreation Area in Middletown. A 12-year-old girl died suddenly during soccer practice at Sunnyside. Photo Credit: Christina Johnson

Story by Chelsea Naso and Christina Johnson

The 12-year-old girl who died following a sudden cardiac episode during soccer practice at Sunnyside Recreation Area on Tuesday has been identified as Middletown resident Alexis Mason.

Mason joined the St. Mary’s Travel Soccer Club about five years ago after her family moved to Middletown, Club President Dominic Acerra told Patch Wednesday.

He recalled Mason as a spirited team leader who had a positive influence on her teammates.

“No matter what the score or the result of the game, she always had a positive outlook,” he said. “She really loved her team, her coach; she loved the game.”

Mason, who wore jersey number 27, played midfield and was in great physical shape, Acerra said.

“She was probably one of the best conditioned girls on the team. She always gave 110 percent on and off of the field,” he said.

Acerra said St. Mary’s was scheduled to host grief counseling Wednesday night. The church is located at 19 Cherry Tree Farm Road in Middletown.

“This is a tragic loss to all of us at St. Mary’s and all of her friends at school,” he said. “She’s going to be missed by all of us.”

Joey Altieri, the owner of the Sunnyside Market, said that on Wednesday, several customers had expressed their shock over the loss of the child as they picked up coffee, sandwiches and the newspaper. Altieri was especially sad to realize the Thompson Middle School seventh grader lived around the corner from him in his Middletown neighborhood.

Earlier Tuesday, two of Alexis Mason’s siblings were running a lemonade stand for cancer, and Altieri’s daughter stopped by to support the cause.

“My heart goes out to the family,” he said. “It’s devastating.”
NJarhead July 24, 2013 at 01:37 PM
How does something like that happen to a 12 year old? Regardless, her family is in my prayers. Rest in peace Alexis.
Lori Christensen July 24, 2013 at 03:32 PM
So sad and tragic my prayers to her family and all who loved her....
always a new yorker at heart August 02, 2013 at 01:29 PM
God Bless her family and friends. What a terrible loss. Please everyone hydrate yourselves and children during these hot humid days. Please coaches realize that these are young children s lives we are dealing with and they need reminders to drink and keep drinking the whole time they are on the fields and off. Dehydration is the roots of this problem. Please learn from MikeyD's (St Mary's basketball team) episode from last year and how lucky he is to be alive and fighting to regain his old life. He truly is a miracle in our town.


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