Howes' vision becomes a reality for laxmen

Jacob Howes' vision was to create a mixed varsity/junior varsity boys lacrosse team from Trumbull to compete with other top notch teams in the area.

“The easiest part was setting up the tournaments in the area and with the help from our other captains — Dan Forren, Steve Kelly and Sam Watson,” said Howes, a captain two-year varsity player for the Eagles. “We wanted to keep the cost of this program as low as possible for the parents.

“The challenge we had was we needed to practice, and practice often, if we were to be competitive.

“I don’t know how many players out there on other teams would wake up at 7:30 every Saturday and Sunday morning to come to practice. It was awesome.

“It was hard finding ffields to use, but we were all determined to play as a team and improve our lacrosse skills.”

Led by volunteer coaches Brad DeSouza and Garrett Clark, the Trumbull Jumpmen successfully attended four tournaments in the fall: Newtown, Hammonasset Beach Blast, Fairfield University and Sticks for Soldiers.

At Sticks for Soldiers, a charity event for Wounded Warriors, the Jumpmen posted a 4-0 record.

“It shows how everyone cared, was dedicated to the team, and how much they wanted to win this season,” Howes said.

“When the team flows and works together we can beat anyone out there.

“It was a great experience for me to learn all the aspects of running a business and a program such as a sport which I love.

“The players worked well this fall and we created some great team chemistry together and that’s all that really matters. I can’t wait until the spring season.”