Twins Keira and Shea Grant continue family tradition

Shea Grant is surrounded by mom Stacey, dad Tim and sister Keira. He will play lacrosse at Stevens Institute of Technology. Twin sister Keira will play at the University of Delaware.

Shea Grant is surrounded by mom Stacey, dad Tim and sister Keira. He will play lacrosse at Stevens Institute of Technology. Twin sister Keira will play at the University of Delaware.

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Keira and Shea Grant are twins. Lacrosse standouts at Trumbull High, each will play in college.

Keira will play Division I women’s lacrosse for the University of Delaware in the Colonial Athletic Association.

Shea chose to attend Stevens Institute of Technology to expand his lacrosse experience competing in the Middle American Conference.

They credit picking up the sport at an early age for their success.

“It is crazy how much time my parents (Stacey and Tim) have put in with me and my brothers (Peter also played in high school),” Keira said. “We would be gone every weekend when we were younger. Traveling to games for my club teams, my brother’s team, Prospect tournaments. I miss it. I spent so much time in the car with my parents and brother. Now we don’t get that.”

Shea said: “My dad got all three of us into lacrosse. I really enjoy it. Playing club lacrosse was always against the best kids. It was a good way to learn the game. Our folks would split up to go to one game then switch the next game. Mom keeps everything a positive for all of us.”

Keira said: “My dad played at Delaware. Shea played. Because we are twins, what he wanted to play; I wanted to play. It’s me and him forever.”

Shea Grant

A midfielder for coach Jim Kammerman at Trumbull (9-7), he accepts the dual responsibilities that have become prevalent playing the position.

“The game changed into a two-way game,” Grant said. “In the past middies played defense. Now it is more of a two-way game. It’s hard but fun. As seniors we did what seniors always do at Trumbull, we show the other guys the ropes. The more we played together the better we all got.”

Missing his junior season to the pandemic cost Grant more than games.

“When I was in the recruiting process after sophomore year, college coaches told me they liked my game,” he said. “They wanted me to get bigger and stronger. I did the work. I was excited, they would come see me again. Then COVID happened. I couldn’t play. All the schools that I talked to before COVI, I didn’t hear from after COVID.”

Stevens Tech became his number one option.

“I focused on a college excellent in both academics and athletics. Stevens offers me the best of both worlds,” said Grant, who will study quantitative finance to analyze financial markets and securities.”

Stevens went 14-3 in the regular season. Coach Gene Peluso’s Ducks won the MAC Freedom title. They split two games in the NCAA Division III tournament.

Keira Grant

Known as Kiki in lacrosse circles, Keira scored 80 points as a midfielder this past season. She had 210 career points, despite missing her junior season to the pandemic.

“I gave my verbal commitment to Delaware in October of my junior year,” she said. “I’m fortunate in that it was before COVID hit. Before junior year coaches can’t contact you, but you can contact them. In my sophomore year, I said I’d give it a try. I went to their camps. They saw me there then watched me in a couple tournaments.”

Trumbull went 6-9 in coach Marissa Mongillo’s first season.

“It was weird because the juniors had played only one year,” Grant said. “This should have been their third season. We were very young. A lot of players stepped up. It was exciting. We had freshman make a big impact. It was a successful season. The program has a bright future with what’s in place.”

Grant will leave in August to join Delaware coach Amy Altig’s Blue Hens.

“I love the direction of the program. I’m going in as midfielder but I’m open to playing anywhere I can help,” Grant said. “Anatomy and physiology first interested me as majors. I’m thinking of switching to medical diagnostics.”

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