November 7, 2013

Give And Go: Tucker Durkin

By Corey McLaughlin | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter | McLaughlin Archive

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The Hamilton Nationals defenseman and Team USA hopeful talks about his shot clock desires, last vacation and why he lets excitement build before a game in this Give & Go interview from November's  issue of Lacrosse Magazine. Don't get the mag? Join US Lacrosse and its 400,000-plus members today to start your subscription.

Who is your favorite athlete?

Dirk Nowitzki. He is so versatile for a 7-foot NBA player. His unorthodox style of play is so much fun to watch.

What's one thing you can't live without?

Hot sauce. I put it on pretty much everything I eat. I think my taste buds are fried from it, though.

What's one thing that always puts you in a good mood?

Spending time with my family and close friends, in particular my two nephews, Declan and Jack. They're awesome.

Where did you go on your last vacation?

Last big one was to London. My two aunts took me and my friend Mike Noone. It was an unreal vacation, although we did run into a naked biker parade one of our last days there.

What's one thing lacrosse really needs?

A 60-second shot clock needs to be instituted at all levels.

What's been the proudest moment of your career?

Getting invited to try out for Team USA. Having an opportunity to compete for a chance to represent our country is a dream.

What's the biggest obstacle you've overcome?

I was not very heavily recruited initially, which was discouraging at first because I really wanted to college lacrosse at the highest level. Thankfully I ended up at Johns Hopkins where I had an unbelievable experience with amazing coaches and teammates.

What did you want to be when you were younger?

I really wanted to be in the NBA. I was obsessed with watching games and following stats.

Who in lacrosse is destined to be a reality TV star?

Brett Queener. I've only played one season with him with the Hamilton Nationals, but he's got to have the biggest personality in the sport. If he were on a TV show, I would watch it. Kevin Cunningham is a close second.

Do you have any pregame rituals?

I try to harness my excitement the best I can. I like to let it build. I just like to read over the scouting report and the notes I write for myself.

What was your favorite class in college?

A class I took sophomore year, Conversations with the Earth. It was a really interesting class and literally half my team was in it at the time.

What is your day job?

I am working at Exelon in Baltimore. It's located right in the Inner Harbor. I work in corporate security as an intelligence analyst.

Overtime (from Team STX goalie Dana Cahill)

What is the best piece of advice you were given that helped you on the field? Who gave it to you?

"Success is all mental. Anyone can be as good as they want to be. You just have to put the time in and believe it. It's all between the ears." — Don Durkin Jr. (my dad)

Double Overtime (from Ryan Burgess, Atlanta)

If you were goalie for a game, do you think you would win?

Yes, I would win. I see myself playing like a hybrid of Niko Amato, Pierce Bassett and Brett Queener. I've been pretty lucky to have these three studs behind me in high school, college and the MLL.

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