PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Nate Pomeroy's high school career ended much like the way it started, with postseason accolades and his second Div. 2 state title.
The All-American Groton-Dunstable forward inked his letter of intent in February of this year to Brown University, but at the time, little was known about the impact he would have as a freshman. The answer is: an immediate one. Pomeroy scored two goals in 18 games for the Bears, which included eight starts after the junior first-string forward went down with a knee injury.
"I was really fortunate coming in to get into the forward position that often," Pomeroy said. "The junior forward captain, he had hurt his knee pretty badly. I was taking his time for the most part. I wish I could have had more goals; there were definitely many opportunities. I always hold myself to a higher standard. It was a great experience."
Pomeroy was the next man up, and his fitness level allowed him to compete in the grinder that is the Ivy League.
"Nate was a guy who we recruited because we thought he could come in and help our team immediately," Brown head coach Pat Laughlin said. "He ended up starting a couple of games throughout the course of the year. He probably played the most minutes of any of our forwards this year. We are very happy with his development and growth over the course of the season to adapt to Div. 1 college soccer."
Like all college players, every player has a weakness to his or her game. For Pomeroy, it was his back-to-goal skills that needed some fine-tuning. The Brown coaching staff targeted that area of Pomeroy's game in August, and the young freshman vastly improved as the season progressed.
Usually, the toughest thing for any freshman student-athlete is adjusting to the rigors of a full-time course schedule while squeezing in time for practice and workouts. But, for Pomeroy, the transition has been a relatively smooth one.
"I have had to manage my schedule so much more in college," the freshman forward said. "We will go on travel games, and we will have to miss Friday. I would have to tell my teachers that we were missing class. We had to be in the hotel by Friday night for Saturday's game. It was pretty intense in that sense. I had to bring my work with me and manage when my tests were. It was definitely a learning experience for me, but I love it."
Laughlin talked about Pomeroy's passion for perfection. If he was given a goal by his coaching staff, he not only achieved it, but surpassed it.
"Whenever we have given him a task or goal to get better at, he has taken it to heart," the coach said. "He was unbelievably fit coming into preseason. What we are going to see in the future for Nate Pomeroy is a guy who is going to get more goals and be a very successful player at Brown as he goes forward. We will see more end-product in terms of goals and assists into his sophomore, junior and senior year."
Pomeroy's first two goals of his college career came in back-to-back matches against Marist and Boston University.
Laughlin is confident that Pomeroy will continue to get better as his career continues because of his maturity.
"He's a player who realizes that graduating with all these awards is a starting place, not an ending place." said Laughlin.
Brown finished its regular seeason at 7-7-4-3.