By Mike Klingaman
4:40 PM EDT, June 14, 2012
Seventeen days ago, Adam Pomper seemed to have it all. His lacrosse team, Loyola University, had just defeated Maryland for its first NCAA Division I championship. And though Pomper, a freshman attackman, didn’t see action, his entire family had driven to Foxborough, Mass., to root for the Greyhounds and cheer on the youngest son of a lacrosse-playing clan from Long Island.
“We all tailgated, after the game, and Adam was in the spotlight,” said Max Pomper, 24, his brother and captain of Virginia’s 2009 lacrosse team. “He was happy, and laughing – Adam had an incredible, infectious laugh. He certainly didn’t expect to hold that trophy as a freshman, and he knew, with others graduating, that he was going to have a shot at playing.”
But Adam Pomper, 18, died Tuesday near his home – the cause of death has not been released – and will be buried Saturday in his hometown of Huntington, N.Y.
The family has declined to comment on the circumstances surrounding Pomper’s death. However, Suffolk County (N.Y.) police have ruled the death to be noncriminal.
“We’re not going to disclose anything,” Max Pomper said. “We’re still trying to figure this out.”
He described his brother as “an innocent, good-looking kid who was fit, strong and fast. He was a jock, an athlete, who had a great support system and people who loved him.”
Like his two brothers, Adam Pomper attended St. Anthony’s (Melville, N.Y.), where he starred in both lacrosse and in football, as a defensive back. Brian, the Pompers’ middle son, attends Virginia where, as a fifth-year senior, he will play football as a wide receiver, after having played midfield for the Cavaliers’ lacrosse team.
Their father, Bruce, is an equities trader and one-time All-American lacrosse attackman who played on Roanoke College’s Division II national championship team in 1978. Roanoke defeated Hobart for the title that year. This spring, Adam Pomper saw action in one game for Loyola – against Hobart.
A viewing for Adam Pomper will be held 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Friday at M.A. Connell Funeral Home, 934 New York Ave., Huntington Station, N.Y. The funeral service will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Church of St. Patrick, 400 Main St., Huntington, N.Y.
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