Loyola freshman attackman Adam Pomper dies

Loyola attackman Adam Pomper died Tuesday near his parents' home in Huntington, N.Y., the school announced in a news release.

On Tuesday, the homicide section of the Suffolk County (N.Y.) Police Department investigated Pomper's death. A spokesperson for the department said that "the death was ruled non-criminal." The funeral home would not release the cause of death.


Pomper, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound freshman, played in just one game for the national champion Greyhounds, spending a few minutes on the field in the team's 17-6 victory over Hobart on April 21.

Inside Lacrosse, which was the first to report the news, said that Pomper had died Monday evening, but in a written statement, the university said he had died Tuesday. That statement included a statement of condolence from Loyola coach Charley Toomey.

"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," Toomey said in the release, which was distributed Tuesday evening. "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."

Added athletic director 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 my condolences 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."

A viewing 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.

Baltimore Sun reporter Zach Helfand contributed to this article.

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