GROTON -- It was a very special morning for Groton-Dunstable Regional High School's Nate Pomeroy, as a crowd gathered into the library's resource room to watch Pomeroy sign his letters to play at the next level. Fresh off a state championship run, Pomeroy settled in behind the table sporting a vintage Brown University hooded sweatshirt as a gleaming smile swept across his face.
"I knew when I came in three years ago to take over the program during his sophomore year I had something very special on my hands," said Crusaders' head coach Wiseby. "He can score goals and he has size. I taught him how to be a leader of the program and guide him through the process."
Pomeroy has participated in the Brown Bears summer skills camps since he was a sophomore, and feels that his electrifying finishes will be a solid fit.
"Going to the camp at Brown and them seeing me, it was great getting the exposure," said Pomeroy. "Sophomore junior camp they saw me and started recruiting me there."
The Mid-Wach B MVP and all New England team member thrilled fans with his majestic play along the end line and spectacular finishes. Pomeroy was also a finalist for the Mass. Mr. Soccer award, and he feels if he continues to work, he will be rewarded with playing time.
"I think if I work hard in the preseason and come in strong, I think I can make an impact," said Pomeroy. "Based on the advice that the coaches have told me about my size, speed and what I can bring to the team, if I prepare as much as I can, I'll do well."
Pomeroy's goal in this year's state championship at Worcester State University's Coughlin Field was sheer brilliance. Pomeroy crashed the ball down towards the end line and coaxed the ball back across the goal line through the Medfield keeper's legs. State championships are always memorable experiences, but the first one will forever hold a special place in Pomeroy's heart.
"The first year was really awesome," said Pomeroy. "Winning it for the first time was just awesome because I never felt it before. The state championships are definitely my best memories here."
Prior to the season, Crusaders' head coach Sean Wiseby did something he doesn't typically do. The team had their four captains set, but a "skipper" was not appointed until eight games in. Pomeroy was that skipper, and with good reason.
"We have always had a skipper who is the captan of all the captains," said Wiseby. "We always have four captains, and the skipper is the big support for me as far as what I am looking for from the group on a daily basis. Looking back at what happened this fall, with him not taking on the responsibility too early, it might have been the perfect timing."
Pomeroy will be close to home in Providence, R.I., which will give his friends and family a chance to see him at the Div. 1 Ivy League level. The Brown Bears were a 2012 College Cup Tournament participant and fell to Maryland in the round of 16 last season.
While in recruiting talks, Brown coaches told Pomeroy they were in need of a strong striker, and he is just that. Last season, Pomeroy tallied 20 goals and 20 assists for the Crusaders and he looks to improve his game in the weeks leading up to joining the Bears. Pomeroy has yet to determine his major, but has expressed interest in studying law.
Wiseby expressed his sentiments about seeing his star player advance to the top-level of collegiate soccer.
The best thing for the people in these communities is to sit back and watch what these two are going to do at the next level," said Wiseby with a prideful smile. "Will Nate one day move on to play in the MLS? He could."