Adam Pomper, a Loyola University Maryland lacrosse player and a graduate of St. Anthony’s High School in Huntington, died on Tuesday, the university confirmed on its website.
A Suffolk County police spokeswoman said Pomper’s death was investigated, but it was ruled non-criminal. The circumstances around his death remain unclear.
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Adam,” Loyola’s Director of Athletics, Jim Paquette, said in a statement. “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.”
Pomper scored 19 goals and had seven assists as a senior at St. Anthony’s, despite missing time due to an injury. As a junior, he netted 24 goals and had 18 assists. Pomper contributed to Catholic High School Athletic Association title’s in his junior and senior years.
Loyola’s men’s lacrosse coach expressed condolences to Pomper’s family.
“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,” he said. “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.”
A funeral service is set for Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at Church of St. Patrick in Huntington.
A scholarship fund was created in Pomper’s memory. Contributions can be sent to St. Anthony’s High School.
Pomper was a member of Loyola’s first-ever national championship in lacrosse this year.