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The Gameface

 (Kelvin Ma)

Most serious athletes have some type of ritual that they go through on game day. Sometimes it’s clothing, like a lucky sock. Wade Boggs was famous for eating a whole chicken before his games. Even for me, during my high school soccer days, I would eat two McDonald’s cheeseburgers before games.

This past Memorial Day weekend, I was on the road once again with the Tufts men’s lacrosse team as they sought to defend their national championship title from last year. I decided to try something different for pregame this time around, having shot a bunch of the guys applying eye black in the locker room last time. While the guys were going through their pregame routines, I snapped a quick headshot portrait of each of the guys who wear eye black as they were getting themselves in the zone. Lacrosse helmets being what they are, pregame is really the only opportunity to see any faces before the whistle blows.

Each one of their faces was slightly different with their designs. Some listened to music, others paced the room, and some just sat in quiet meditation at their lockers — Whatever it takes to get mentally prepared for the biggest game of their college careers.

I guess it worked, because this time, the Jumbos won big time, 19-11, in a national championship game that was only close for one half of the first quarter. More on that in a later blog post. In the meantime, check out these portraits.


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)

A Jumbo Marathon

As I alluded to in an earlier post, I spent my Marathon Monday working for Tufts University covering the start and the finish for their President’s Marathon Challenge team. Oddly enough, having grown up just 2 miles down the road from the starting line, I had never seen the Boston Marathon live — I was always more of a baseball guy, and I love that 11 a.m. Patriots Day game at Fenway.

Tufts president Larry Bacow told me Boston’s is special, and he was right. It was a blast working with Tufts photographers Joanie Tobin and Emily Zilm, and The Man, Marathon Coach Don Megerle.

Here are a few images from the thousands I shot from the finish line, edited down for your viewing pleasure. To see a gallery of our take, check out the Tufts website.

4.19.2010 — BOSTON — Tufts University runner Talya Peltzman crosses the finish line at the 114th running of the Boston Marathon on April 19, 2010.

4.19.2010 — BOSTON — The 2010 Tufts University Marathon Team completes the Boston Marathon.

4.19.2010 — BOSTON — The 2010 Tufts University Marathon Team completes the Boston Marathon.

4.19.2010 — BOSTON — The 2010 Tufts University Marathon Team completes the Boston Marathon.

4.19.2010 — BOSTON — The 2010 Tufts University Marathon Team completes the Boston Marathon.

4.19.2010 — BOSTON — The 2010 Tufts University Marathon Team completes the Boston Marathon.

4.19.2010 — BOSTON — The 2010 Tufts University Marathon Team completes the Boston Marathon.