Quartermasters

It’s always a treat whenever I get a game that comes down to the wire. There comes a certain point in a game where you realize, yeah, this could go either way. It’s one of the best parts of being a sports photographer, and it really gets you tuned into the game much more than you would ever imagine. Sure, it’s stressful, but that’s part of the challenge.

This was the case Wednesday afternoon, when Tufts’ men’s lacrosse team squared off against the Rochester Institute of Technology in the NCAA Championship Division III quarterfinals. At this point in the tournament, basically the Elite 8, every team is a contender. And it’s not like these two teams were strangers — Tufts beat RIT in the semifinals last year.

It was a tough contest, with Tufts grinding it out, 15-13, in a contest that really came down to the last 5 minutes. Here are some game photos:

05/16/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Tufts midfielder Nick Rhoads (21), A12, goes after a loose ball in Tufts 15-13 win over RIT in the NCAA Championship quarterfinal at Bello Field on May 16, 2012.  (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/16/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Tufts midfielder Nick Rhoads (21), A12, goes after a loose ball in Tufts 15-13 win over RIT in the NCAA Championship quarterfinal at Bello Field on May 16, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/16/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Tufts goaltender Patton Watkins (4), A14, can't make the save on a shot from RIT attackman Tyler Russell (28) in Tufts 15-13 win over RIT in the NCAA Championship quarterfinal at Bello Field on May 16, 2012.  (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/16/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Tufts goaltender Patton Watkins (4), A14, can't make the save on a shot from RIT attackman Tyler Russell (28) in Tufts 15-13 win over RIT in the NCAA Championship quarterfinal at Bello Field on May 16, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/16/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Tufts midfielder Peter Bowers (26), A14, rears back for a shot in Tufts 15-13 win over RIT in the NCAA Championship quarterfinal at Bello Field on May 16, 2012.  (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/16/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Tufts midfielder Peter Bowers (26), A14, rears back for a shot in Tufts 15-13 win over RIT in the NCAA Championship quarterfinal at Bello Field on May 16, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/16/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Tufts attack Jordan Korinis (23), A13, gets a pat on the helmet from Tufts midfielder Ben Saperstein (35), A12, after scoring in Tufts 15-13 win over RIT in the NCAA Championship quarterfinal at Bello Field on May 16, 2012.  (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/16/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Tufts attackman Jordan Korinis (23), A13, gets a pat on the helmet from Tufts midfielder Ben Saperstein (35), A12, after scoring in Tufts 15-13 win over RIT in the NCAA Championship quarterfinal at Bello Field on May 16, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/16/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Tufts midfielder Beau Wood (18), E14, checks the ball out of the possession of RIT defenseman Elliott Cowburn (39) in Tufts 15-13 win over RIT in the NCAA Championship quarterfinal at Bello Field on May 16, 2012.  (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/16/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Tufts midfielder Beau Wood (18), E14, checks the ball out of the possession of RIT defenseman Elliott Cowburn (39) in Tufts 15-13 win over RIT in the NCAA Championship quarterfinal at Bello Field on May 16, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/16/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Tufts midfielder Kevin McCormick (10), E12, powers through a check RIT long stick midfielder James Cunningham (30) in Tufts 15-13 win over RIT in the NCAA Championship quarterfinal at Bello Field on May 16, 2012.  (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/16/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Tufts midfielder Kevin McCormick (10), E12, powers through a check from RIT long stick midfielder James Cunningham (30) in Tufts 15-13 win over RIT in the NCAA Championship quarterfinal at Bello Field on May 16, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/16/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Tufts midfielder Geordie Shafer (8), A12, is hugged by his teammates Tufts attackman Sean Kirwan (13), A12, and Tufts attackman Cole Bailey (28), A15, after scoring in Tufts 15-13 win over RIT in the NCAA Championship quarterfinal at Bello Field on May 16, 2012.  (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/16/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Tufts midfielder Geordie Shafer (8), A12, is hugged by his teammates Tufts attackman Sean Kirwan (13), A12, and Tufts attackman Cole Bailey (28), A15, after scoring in Tufts 15-13 win over RIT in the NCAA Championship quarterfinal at Bello Field on May 16, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

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