By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/13/15
Defenseman Grady Jackson-Fayle, who attends Wellington School in Manchester, England, has committed to play Division II lacrosse at Lake Erie College (OH) for 2015-16.
Jackson-Fayle is a member of the England Academy U17 team that competed in November at the Quaker Fall LaxFest, a major club recruiting event, at Radnor High, Pa. The England Academy featured many of the top club players in the country. High schools in England do not offer lacrosse so players compete solely on club teams; Jackson-Fayle plays for Timperley Lacrosse Club.
Jackson-Fayle said he had been in contact with Lake Erie coaches before the LaxFest and that the coaches came to see him play there. The England Academy team, which features some of the top club high school aged players in the country, held its own against traditional US powers Twist 2016 (PA) FLG 2016-17 (NY) and Dukes L.C.(PA) in the 30-team tourney.
“We were pretty confident coming in,” said Jackson-Fayle, a co-captain, during an interview at the event. “The whole week we were playing high level lacrosse and we stepped up our game just to meet the opposition.
“Coming in our morale was high. We were ready to show the Quaker lacrosse tournament what English lacrosse could do. It was so eye-opening to see the whole level of (USA club) lacrosse. It was an unbelievable experience.”
The England Academy brought 24 top players from a number of club programs for nine days for their USA tour before the Quaker Fall LaxFest. The team played games last week vs. Philly powers Malvern Prep (Inter-Ac League and Invitational champions, undefeated and ranked among Top 3 in the nation), Avon Grove (PIAA finalist and District 1 champion), La Salle (Catholic League champion), Radnor (Central League runner-up) and West Chester East to prepare for the tournament.