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Athlete of the Issue: Mike Fay ‘17

Fay shares thoughts on his Malvern experience and Malvern sports.

 

Sophomore Mike Fay has proven to be an essential part of Malvern athletics in only two years. As only a Sophomore, he currently starts on two varsity sports teams: Lacrosse and Football. His contributions to both of these teams have not gone unnoticed, and his commitment to play lacrosse at Notre Dame proves that.

What grade school did you attend before Malvern?

 

I attended Peirce Middle School in West Chester

 

So I know that you play two different sports in Lax and Football, which sport is your personal favorite? Why?

 

I love both sports, but if I had to chose one I would say lacrosse. I like how fast paced the game is and how anybody can go on a run at any time during a game.

 

What does Malvern mean to you?

 

Malvern means more to me than just a great education. It means being part of a community where I can grow and become the best version of myself.

 

So right now you are in season with lax, what are your thoughts on the team this year?

 

We are a young team, but we have a lot of talent. We have had a lot of ups and downs in the beginning of the year, but I am confident that we can finish strong throughout the remainder of the season.

 

You committed to Notre Dame, how does having the acceptance to the school affect the rest of your high school experience?

 

It does not affect my high school experience at all. I still have to try my hardest in class and make sure to use all of the great resources Malvern has to offer. I am still the same student and I continue to enjoy my high school experience along with my peers.

 

Obviously sports are important to you, but how do academics affect your life?

 

Academics are equally if not more important to me then athletics. Academics were something I took into extreme consideration when going through my college process. My experience with academics will carry on for a lifetime, while my experience with athletics will only be a memory after I can’t play anymore.

 

How does your coaches prepare you for games? Is the practicing process different or the same for lax and football?

 

The practicing process is fairly similar for both sports. Our coaches use game-like scenarios while keeping a high tempo practice. They drill in our minds that if you do the simple things right then you will be successful as a team.

 

How does leadership affect your Malvern teams?

 

Leadership is huge for a team. Without leaders you cannot fill your potential. Anyone can become a leader, and the more leaders you have the better the relationship between your teammates will be

 

What is your favorite part about Malvern Prep– outside of athletics?

 

Definitely the community. Everyone is looking out for each other and pushing each other to be the best person they can be. The atmosphere around Malvern is something that can’t be matched.

 

Was it easy to make the decision to go to Notre Dame? How long did the decision take?

 

My decision to pick Notre Dame was fairly easy. Although I had to do a lot of thinking into the future I was very confident in my gut feeling. Right when I stepped foot on campus I felt welcomed, and knew it was somewhere that was worth being away from family for. My decision to make my verbal college commitment took about 10 months.

 

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