Under the Helmet: Paddy Fallon

Under the Helmet is a new feature on MaxlaxOC. Looking at a lacrosse team from afar, one sees uniformity, as players strive to maximize their individual strengths for the good of the team.  We know little about the individuals beyond their position, number, and stats. Yet, beneath each helmet, exists a teenager with unique accomplishments, challenges, and personalities. MaxlaxOC is a champion of each of the over 1200 high school lacrosse players in Orange County and we strive not only to grow the game, but also celebrate the players on and off the field.

Maxlax OC, would like to salute our first “Under the Helmet” player Patrick Fallon. Patrick is a standout attackman at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School, as well as a team captain. Not only is he familiar with the sense of duty athletes feel towards their team and sacrifices student athletes make; as a military kid, he knows the true meaning of duty and sacrifice on a deeper level. His father, a marine at Camp Pendleton is once again getting ready for deployment, and has had to miss much of Patrick’s senior season as duty calls. He will also have to miss Patrick’s high school graduation. To Colonel Fallon, Mrs Fallon and Patrick, we say Thank you.

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The Fallon family.

Q: When and where did you start playing lacrosse?
A: I started playing lacrosse when I was 10 (5th grade) in Lithia, Florida.

Q: What position do you play?
A: Attack

Q: Describe yourself as a lacrosse player – style? What motivates you? Strengths?
A: Coach Miles and Coach Riordan have influenced my style of play heavily. They’ve shaped me to play fast, aggressive, and smart while also focusing on ball movement and incorporating box skills. I love the mental preparation aspect of lacrosse, the relationships I’ve built, and the life skills I’ve developed through lacrosse.

As for strengths, I’m just grateful to have such great teammates and coaches that are all selfless and dedicated to achieve a common goal.

Q: What are your plans after graduation?
A: I’ll be attending Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York.

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Paddy will be a Skidmore Thoroughbred in the fall.

Q: Your dad is a marine – what is his rank, and what are his responsibilities?
A: My dad is a Lieutenant Colonel and just got selected for Colonel. He leads Marines on a day-to-day basis.

Q: How many times has your dad been deployed?
A: 9 going on 10

Q: How has being a military kid affected your life as a lacrosse player and as a person in general?
A: Being a military kid has broadened my perspective and made me mature at a young age. Knowing what’s going on in the world allowed me to realize how fortunate we Americans are at a young age.

Q: Your dad will miss your senior season and your graduation, that is a huge sacrifice. What are your thoughts about that?
A: It is kind of tough for him to miss something that only happens once, but a lot of people have it a lot worse. I think the sacrifice I have to make isn’t that big compared to other people’s problems around the world. So when you put things in that perspective, it makes it a lot easier.

Q: What have you learned from your dad?
A: My mom and dad have both taught me to be humble, honest, and hard working. Watching him work hard for a purpose adds meaning to life.

Q: Your mom…go
A: My mom is very strong and while my dad is away becomes a single mother. I love her so much, and am grateful for all she has sacrificed for my family and me.

Q: I know you can’t talk about some of the details about your dad’s deployment, but in general, where will he be and for how long?
A: I think sometimes it’s best just not to know, so I don’t ask.

Q: Aside from your parents, who are your mentors in lacrosse… and in life?
A: Coach Miles and Coach Warren are definitely some of my mentors for lacrosse and life. I’m also a big Terry O’Reilly fan (former Boston Bruin) because he wasn’t afraid of anybody, and had a huge heart.

Q: Do you have aspirations for a military career?
A: I’ve looked into it for sure, my dad has left the decision up to me and I’ll see where life takes me.

Q: What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
A: My dad is from Boston, so we’re diehard Sox/Pats/Bruins fans. At 5’8 I’m not a huge basketball fan but the Celtics are cool.

If you would like to nominate a high school player to be featured on Under the Helmet for something outstanding, either academically, volunteer work, or showing leadership in the community, please email Jillfales@yahoo.com

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