Jacob Howes‘ introduction lacrosse came while he was in the midst of a promising baseball career.
The Trumbull (Conn.) junior attackman/midfielder was also an all-star in basketball.
But it didn’t take long for lacrosse to become his favorite sport.
“My father signed me up at 9 years old,” Howes said. “I just fell in love with lacrosse on the first day. I made a bigger commitment to lacrosse these last few years because of the opportunities available.”
That commitment has resulted in another commitment for Howes. He’s verbally committed to Division II Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass., a decision first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
The 6-foot, 160-pound Howes, a righty, is a strong dodger with good field vision and a high lacrosse IQ. You can watch his highlight reel here.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Jacob on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
Merrimack was a great fit academically and athletically. (Merrimack Head) Coach (Mike) Morgan has a proven successful track record and all the players on the team are dedicated and friendly when I visited.
Knowing I can make an impact on the program is a big plus and I’m extremely excited to be part of this program.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
Le Moyne, Sacred Heart, High Point, University of Hartford and Fairfield University.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I’ve been told I have a great lax IQ. I like to be a quarterback and dissect a defense by dodging hard, looking for the man who’s open, and if not, I’ll let it rip. I played attack for seven years before middie and a lot of the skills I’ve learned at attack help my IQ.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
Defense. However, everyone can improve on skills and every day I try to learn something new to improve my game.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I’ve been playing for the Bulldog Lacrosse Club for four years now and we play in the most competitive summer tournaments on the East Coast. I’ll be at the Brine National Lacrosse Classic and the Under Armour Shootout. I’ve played at UNC Showcase, Philly Showcase, NSCLA and Super Sophs.
Any final thoughts?
I want to thank my summer Bulldog coaches Brian Adkins, Graham Niemi and all the assistants for teaching me on how to be a great player.
I want to thank THS coach James Kammerman for pushing me to the highest of my abilities on the field.
I also want to thank my parents for sacrificing their time and for pushing me at a young age to never give up and always hold on to that dream of going to a college and playing lacrosse.
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