By TIM KOELBLE
11:25 PM EST, January 3, 2013
Madison Fahey has a future home in women’s lacrosse.
Fahey, a junior at Saint James, has verbally committed to Loyola University of Maryland, a current member of the Big East in women’s lacrosse but ready to join the Patriot Conference in 2013-14.
“I’m excited, but I’m also glad the (recruiting) process is over,” Fahey said.
Loyola is an NCAA Division I school with nearly 6,000 students, including 4,000 undergraduates. When it makes the move to the Patriot Conference along with Boston University, Loyola will join American, Army, Bucknell, Colgate, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh and Navy.
Fahey has been a midfielder at Saint James but said Loyola is likely to use her more as a defender, a position she has played on club lacrosse teams.
“I like being a midfielder because I get to roam and score, but if that’s where I can help as a defender, that’s what I’ll do,” said Fahey, the daughter of Saint James athletic director Jim Fahey.
She said she’s played lacrosse in earnest since the sixth grade, and has played summer lacrosse with the Baltimore Energy M&D 24 2014 Black.
At Saint James, she has played the last two seasons in the shadow of Margaret Bacon, but she will be one of the veteran leaders this year for the Saints, who hope to contend for league titles.
After starting every game as a freshman, Fahey won All-Washington County first-team honors as a sophomore with 54 goals and 32 assists.
She still has two prep seasons left to rack up big numbers before heading to Loyola.
“We’ve been lucky to have experienced players since middle school,” Fahey said. “Playing at Saint James and club lacrosse has certainly prepared me to be recruited.”
In college, Fahey plans to begin studies in biology medicine or science.
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