Hangin' Out With... Rockhoppers forward Tim Fallon
By Phil Shore
Tim Fallon has high hopes for the Rockhoppers in their first season. (Donna Johnson Photography)
You can’t listen to Tim Fallon talk without knowing what part of the country he is from.
The Lowell, Mass., native has a thick accent that can’t contain his excitement over his hometown, lacrosse and all things New England.
Fallon played collegiate lacrosse at Hartford, where he was a two-time All-American and set school records for career faceoff winning percentage (.573) and groundballs (404), and for groundballs in a season (166). Recently selected by the Charlotte Hounds in the Major League Lacrosse supplemental draft — after spending time with the Rochester Rattlers last summer — Fallon also is pumped up to be playing for the new Boston Rockhoppers team in the North American Lacrosse League, allowing him to play in front of his friends and family, and to attract some new local fans.
What are your
expectations for the Rockhoppers?
“Training camp … was a blast. Usually training camp is slow with drills, but we got right into it; it was awesome.”
How great is it to be playing close to home?
“That’s part of what I’m really looking forward to. My parents missed just one game in my career at Hartford. I’m really excited my family is going to be able to go.”
What do you think about the Rockhoppers nickname?
“It’s a lot of fun for us. We’re trained to say, ‘It’s an adult penguin that’s mean.’ … We could’ve just gone with Penguins, but Rockhoppers gives it a little more character.”
You wore No. 77 with the Rochester Rattlers. What’s the story behind the number?
“I wore 11 all through college, and 77 was available and it looked like the number 11, which wasn’t available in Rochester. I won’t be able to wear 11 in Charlotte, either.”
Why is 11 your preferred number?
“It’s what my father wore in football his whole career. I started wearing it when I was a little kid. Hopefully, I get it back someday.”
How do you feel about Charlotte picking you up in the MLL Supplemental Draft?
“I was definitely excited when I saw that. … I figured it would be Charlotte or Ohio; they had the biggest need at faceoff. It’ll be a great place to spend my summer. I have a lot of buddies there. ”
How do you want to be remembered as a lacrosse player?
“As someone who wasn’t just a FOGO (Face Off Get Off). I play defense in box, and I’m capable of picking up ground balls and scoring a few goals. I’m aggressive.”
What would you do if you won the lottery?
“I would spread the money out evenly among my family. Then I’d take my portion and franchise a bunch of Dunkin’ Donuts. They seem to be a gold mine up here. ”
Visiting city/stadium: Denver
Dinner: “A nice fat lobster doused in butter; maybe a little clam chowder to start.”
Vacation spot: Disney World
Musician/group: Eric Church
Song: “Down Under” by Men at Work
Actor/actress: Matthew McConaughey
Movie: “Fool’s Gold”
TV show: Either “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” or “Sons of Anarchy”
Sport other than lacrosse: Golf
Article of clothing: “My Top Gun Fighting Clams coaching jacket. I wear it every day.”
Stick: Gait Torque. “It gets tough in the summer when I’m not allowed to use it, but I’ll use it in box and I used it in college. It’s a great faceoff head.”
Helmet: “In field, I like the CPX-R. In box, the Rockhoppers wear the Cascade M11 hockey helmet.”
Gloves: “I don’t pay too much attention to the gloves, but I like the Brine Triumphs.”
Pads: “Warrior is what the Rockhoppers and MLL give me.”
Shoes: “All I’ve been wearing is Warrior cleats, but I also like Nike Huaraches.”