Adam Pomper Memorial Event to Feature
The St. Anthony's (N.Y.) High boys' lacrosse program is one with an incredibly strong lineage of players, including guys like current Tewaaraton Award finalist Tom Schreiber, and another former Princeton All-American attackman Sean Hartofolis, just to name two. But for all the lacrosse talent that's walked through the hallways of the Long Island private school, there has never been a St. Anthony's alumni game.
That will change on June 8, when as part of the Adam Pomper Memorial Lacrosse Festival, Friars of the past will play in the program's first-ever alumni game. It's part of an event organized in memory of Pomper, who passed away in June of 2012, shortly after being part of Loyola's first national championship-winning team.
The event that will also include an instructional clinic put on by MLL players and Team USA hopefuls Steele Stanwick, Ned Crotty and Max Seibald.
The family and friends of Pomper, the brother of former Virginia players Max and Brian Pomper, have established the St. Anthony's High School Adam Pomper Memorial Scholarship Fund in his honor. The fund will provide a deserving student in need a fully funded four-year scholarship to St. Anthony's. All proceeds from the June 8 event, which will run from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at St. Anthony's in South Huntington, N.Y., will go to the fund.
Maryland faceoff man Charlie Raffa, along with his Terp teammate Joe LoCascio and Virginia defenseman Greg Danseglio — three St. Anthony's alumni currently playing in college — are running parts of the event for the Pomper family and sent along the information, hoping to raise awareness.
Also scheduled to play in the event are Schreiber, Will Manny (UMass/Boston Cannons), Will Koshansky (Penn/Rochester Rattlers) and Mike Chanenchuk (Maryland/Charlotte Hounds).
At St. Anthony's, Adam 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, and played in one game as a freshman at Loyola.