Grace Fallon has the talent to be one of the best athletes the Shore Conference has ever seen.
Fallon’s extraordinary stick control and quick speed were recognized early in her scholastic career after accepting an offer to play lacrosse at Duke University after only her sophomore season.
“I verbally committed this past November,” Fallon said. “The lacrosse aspect was a huge part of my decision to go there, but academically, and what they had to offer played a big part also.”
Fallon made her mark last season leading Red Bank Catholic to the Class B North title, a Shore Conference Tournament championship and the program’s first NJSIAA South Jersey Group II title. She was also an All-Shore first-team selection in 2012, and a second-team selection in 2011.
After the Caseys lost many key starters to graduation, Fallon stepped up like a veteran leader this season and almost helped her team win in similar fashion.
This season she led the state with 99 assists and scored 63 goals for 162 points to lead the Shore Conference in scoring. For her career, she has 144 goals, and 195 assists.
“I felt this season went well,” Fallon said. “We lost a lot of key players from last season, so the outcome was as close as I expected it to be. We had a lot of younger players that came out and stepped up for us, and a lot of people probably didn’t expect that going into the season so I think we surprised a lot of people, including ourselves.”
The leadership shown by Fallon led the Casey’s to a 20-3 season, an appearance in the Shore Conference Tournament finals, and the NJSIAA South Group II semifinals. It was the first time in program’s history that the school has had back-to-back 20-win seasons.
Red Bank Catholic’s three losses all came at the hands of Rumson-Fair Haven, which finished ranked 10th in the state.
“I wish we could have beaten Rumson at least one of those times, but all the games were competitive and I felt we did really well against such a tough team,” Fallon said.
Fallon scored a season-high six goals in a nonconference game against Sacred Heart on April 20 to lead her team to a 13-12 win. On May 21 in the NJSIAA quarterfinals against Northern Burlington she dished out nine assists, which broke Red Bank Catholic’s record for the most assists in a game to win 22-9. The previous record was held by Lindsey DeMarco, who had eight.
Not only is Fallon a dominant player on the lacrosse field, but she is also a member of the school’s varsity soccer and basketball teams.
“I enjoy playing all three sports, but I think lacrosse is my favorite because I haven’t been playing it as long as the others,” Fallon said. “It’s something new and different that’s beginning to grow as a popular sport in our area.”
Fallon will return next season to help her team earn its third straight trip to the Shore Conference Tournament finals, and win their fourth consecutive division title.