A Long Island High School football player died on Wednesday after an on-field collision during a game left him with a fatal head injury.

Tom Cutinella, a junior who played as an offensive lineman and linebacker for Shoreham-Wading River High School's varsity team, took an especially violent knock in the third quarter of the game against John Glenn High School. He was taken to Huntington Hospital where he underwent surgery, but later died, ABC 7 reports.

Cutinella, who was 16, began playing football in ninth grade, and made the varsity team for the first time this year. According to NBC New York, he was also a member of the lacrosse team and participated in the school's peer mentoring program. The school district's superintendent, Steven Cohen, referred to him as "well-liked and studious."

"Each student is a valued member of our educational community and a young person's death is always tragic," Cohen wrote in a statement. "A sudden loss like this can have a profound effect on the entire school community. Grief counselors will be made available to students and staff for as long as needed as we mourn and cope with the loss of such an amazing life."

Cutinella is the third student in the tri-state area to die playing football this year, and the third to die nationally in the past week.