June 12, 2012

Loyola Men's Player Adam Pomper Passes Away

by Corey McLaughlin | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter | updated 06.14.2012 at 10:05 a.m.

The Loyola University Maryland community is morning the loss of men's lacrosse player Adam Pomper, who passed away Tuesday, according to the school. He had just completed his freshman year.

A native of Huntington, N.Y., and a graduate of St. Anthony's High School on Long Island, Pomper died near his parents' home in Huntington, the Baltimore Sun reported.

Loyola did not disclose a cause of death. A Suffolk County, N.Y., police spokesperson said Pomper's death appeared to be "noncriminal" but declined to elaborate, according to Newsday (N.Y.).

"As a coach and father, my heart goes out to Adam's family and friends, as we are deeply saddened to learn of his passing," Loyola coach Charley Toomey said in a statement released by the school Tuesday. "I don't know that there are words adequate to describe the feelings of loss and grief we feel in the Loyola Lacrosse family. We will continue to look to each other for strength as we keep Adam's family in our prayers."

Pomper, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound freshman attackman, played in one game (April 21 at Hobart) for the national champion Greyhounds. His is the younger brother for former Virginia midfielders Max and Brian Pomper.

At St. Anthony's, Pomper helped the Friars win the Catholic High School Athletic Association title as a junior and senior. He had 24 goals and 18 assists as a junior and scored 19 goals and had seven assists as a senior despite missing considerable time due to an injury.

Funeral arrangements are scheduled for Friday and Saturday. A viewing will be held from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Friday at M.A. Connell Funeral Home, 934 New York Ave., in Huntington Station, N.Y. The funeral service is at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Church of St. Patrick, 400 Main Street, Huntington, N.Y.

Said Loyola director of athletics Jim Paquette: "We are deeply saddened by the passing of Adam. On behalf of our administration, coaches and student-athletes, I would like to extend mycondolences to Adam's parents, brothers, friends and relatives. We realize this is a difficult time for all who knew Adam, and Loyola is committed to providing compassionate spiritual and emotional support for members of our community."

Loyola is about two weeks removed from winning its first men's lacrosse national championship, and first at the NCAA Division I level in any sport. The school has encouraged members of the Loyola community to take advantage of its counseling services.

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