Tag Archives: Championships

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)

Lacrosse State Champs!

It was a big weekend in Worcester for the MIAA spring sports state finals, namely softball and lacrosse. I always enjoy photographing these events, especially at the high school level where the enthusiasm is genuine and the access is phenomenal. I always get a lot of requests from parents for prints, too, which is just some icing on the cake and little beer money in my pocket.

Beautiful weather, plenty of sun (my farmer’s tan proves it), and good action made for a rewarding, albeit hectic (covered three games for the Herald), afternoon.

Here’s a selection from the MIAA Division 1 Lacrosse championship:

6.19.2010 — WORCESTER, Mass. — Framingham midfielder Tanner Guarino loses possesion after a check from Longmeadow midfielder Stephanie Sabatini in the MIAA Division 1 final on June 19, 2010.


6.19.2010 — WORCESTER, Mass. — Framingham midfielder Moira Barry rips a shot through traffic against Longmeadow in the MIAA Division 1 state final on June 19, 2010.


Framingham midfielder Moira Barry celebrates after scoring against Longmeadow in the MIAA Division 1 state final on June 19, 2010.


6.19.2010 — WORCESTER, Mass. — Framingham defender Leigh Nicoll puts a cross check on Longmeadow attacker Eileen McDonald in the MIAA Division 1 state final on June 19, 2010.


6.19.2010 — WORCESTER, Mass. — Framingham midfielder Tanner Guarino is mobbed by her teammates after scoring the game-winning goal in the closing seconds of Framingham's 8-7 win over Longmeadow for the MIAA Division 1 state title on June 19, 2010.


6.19.2010 — WORCESTER, Mass. — Members of the state champion Framingham lacrosse team kiss the trophy after beating Longmeadow on June 19, 2010.