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Say it ain’t snow!

With most of the NCAA fall sports just getting started with their postseason play, a freak snowstorm from a Nor’Easter isn’t exactly what anyone was expecting for this time of year. For the Tufts field hockey team, Wednesday’s Nor’Easter just so happened to coincide with their first-round NCAA Tournament game. And as always, bad weather usually makes for good photos. Snowfall during the fall sports season is exceedingly rare, so of course I was out there getting some photos.

11/07/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Tufts midfielder Emily Cannon, A14, carries the ball through traffic in Tufts' 8-0 win over Castleton in the first round of the NCAA Championships at Bello Field on Nov. 7, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

11/07/2012 – Medford, Mass. – Tufts midfielder Emily Cannon, A14, carries the ball through traffic in Tufts' 8-0 win over Castleton in the first round of the NCAA Championships at Bello Field on Nov. 7, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

11/07/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Tufts midfielder Emily Cannon, A14, gets a hug from Tufts forward Chelsea Yogerst, A14, after scoring in Tufts' 8-0 win over Castleton in the first round of the NCAA Championships at Bello Field on Nov. 7, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

11/07/2012 – Medford, Mass. – Tufts midfielder Emily Cannon, A14, gets a hug from Tufts forward Chelsea Yogerst, A14, after scoring in Tufts' 8-0 win over Castleton in the first round of the NCAA Championships at Bello Field on Nov. 7, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

11/07/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Tufts midfielder/defenseman Alexandra Jamison, A16, stuffs a Castleton attacker in Tufts' 8-0 win in the first round of the NCAA Championships at Bello Field on Nov. 7, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

11/07/2012 – Medford, Mass. – Tufts midfielder/defenseman Alexandra Jamison, A16, stuffs a Castleton attacker in Tufts' 8-0 win in the first round of the NCAA Championships at Bello Field on Nov. 7, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

11/07/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Tufts forward Hannah Park, A16, puts a shot on goal in Tufts' 8-0 win over Castleton in the first round of the NCAA Championships at Bello Field on Nov. 7, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

11/07/2012 – Medford, Mass. – Tufts forward Hannah Park, A16, puts a shot on goal in Tufts' 8-0 win over Castleton in the first round of the NCAA Championships at Bello Field on Nov. 7, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

11/07/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Tufts midfielder Stephanie Wan, A14, is mobbed by teammates after scoring in Tufts' 8-0 win over Castleton in the first round of the NCAA Championships at Bello Field on Nov. 7, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

11/07/2012 – Medford, Mass. – Tufts midfielder Stephanie Wan, A14, is mobbed by teammates after scoring in Tufts' 8-0 win over Castleton in the first round of the NCAA Championships at Bello Field on Nov. 7, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

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)

Spring Cleaning

Though it didn’t seem like it Saturday, according to the Tufts athletics calendar, spring is here!

With temps in the 30s and a chilly bite to the wind, the Tufts Jumbos women’s lacrosse team opened their season by hosting Hamilton at Bello Field in Medford. Both teams are nationally ranked, with No. 14 Tufts facing No. 7 Hamilton coming into the contest evenly matched. It played out as one would expect, with both teams battling. In the end, it came down to Tufts scoring 5 of the last 6 goals to come back from what was at one point a 6-3 deficit, to win 8-7. The game-winning goal was scored with 45 seconds left.

Even though I’m just now beginning to thaw out, it sure felt good to be shooting outdoor sports again. Here’s some pics from the game.

03/10/2012- Medford, Mass. - Tufts midfielder Emily Pillemer, A12, goes for a shot in Tufts 8-7 season opening win over Hamilton on Mar. 10, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/10/2012- Medford, Mass. - Tufts midfielder Emily Pillemer, A12, goes for a shot in Tufts 8-7 season opening win over Hamilton on Mar. 10, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/10/2012- Medford, Mass. - Tufts attack Gabby Horner, A14, gets checked in Tufts 8-7 season opening win over Hamilton on Mar. 10, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/10/2012- Medford, Mass. - Tufts attack Gabby Horner, A14, gets checked in Tufts 8-7 season opening win over Hamilton on Mar. 10, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/10/2012- Medford, Mass. - Tufts goalkeeper Tess Shapanka, A13, tracks a Hamilton ball carrier in Tufts 8-7 season opening win over Hamilton on Mar. 10, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/10/2012- Medford, Mass. - Tufts goalkeeper Tess Shapanka, A13, tracks a Hamilton ball carrier in Tufts 8-7 season opening win over Hamilton on Mar. 10, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/10/2012- Medford, Mass. - Tufts midfielder Casey Egan, A12, goes to the ground while fighting for a loose ball in Tufts 8-7 season opening win over Hamilton on Mar. 10, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/10/2012- Medford, Mass. - Tufts midfielder Casey Egan, A12, goes to the ground while fighting for a loose ball in Tufts 8-7 season opening win over Hamilton on Mar. 10, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/10/2012- Medford, Mass. - Tufts defender Katie Lotz, A12, gets checked from behind in Tufts 8-7 season opening win over Hamilton on Mar. 10, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/10/2012- Medford, Mass. - Tufts defender Katie Lotz, A12, gets checked from behind in Tufts 8-7 season opening win over Hamilton on Mar. 10, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/10/2012- Medford, Mass. - Tufts defender Meg Boland, A13, tracks a loose ball in front of the Hamilton goal in Tufts 8-7 season opening win over Hamilton on Mar. 10, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/10/2012- Medford, Mass. - Tufts defender Meg Boland, A13, tracks a loose ball in front of the Hamilton goal in Tufts 8-7 season opening win over Hamilton on Mar. 10, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/10/2012- Medford, Mass. - Tufts attack Kelly Hyland, A12, left, hugs Tufts attack Lara Kozin, A12, after Kozin scored in Tufts 8-7 season opening win over Hamilton on Mar. 10, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/10/2012- Medford, Mass. - Tufts attack Kelly Hyland, A12, left, hugs Tufts attack Lara Kozin, A12, after Kozin scored in Tufts 8-7 season opening win over Hamilton on Mar. 10, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

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