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Off the Schneid!

09/20/2014 - Somerville, Mass. - Tufts OL Justin Roberts, A16, celebrates on the field as fans storm the field after Tufts' 24-17 win over Hamilton at Zimman Field on Sept. 20, 2014. The win snapped a 31-game losing streak. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

09/20/2014 – Somerville, Mass. – Tufts OL Justin Roberts, A16, celebrates on the field as fans storm the field after Tufts' 24-17 win over Hamilton at Zimman Field on Sept. 20, 2014. The win snapped a 31-game losing streak. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

Losing is no fun. A losing streak is even worse.

A 31-game losing streak? Well, that’s another thing altogether. In the case of the Tufts University Jumbos, it was an embarrassing reminder of a mountain they needed to climb in order to gain the respect of their peers.

I had spent all of last season covering every game at home and on the road in the hopes that they would finally break the streak that had been haunting the program for so long. It was a long and frustrating season for everyone involved, myself included, but the team showed signs of improvement, keeping most of the games competitive. Of course, there’s no such thing as a moral victory in sports, especially with the longest active streak in college football on everyone’s mind.

This season, however, there was a buzz in the air as Tufts was set to open the season against Hamilton, a NESCAC rival that gave up the last Tufts win all the way back in September 2010. Thanks to the access granted to me by head coach Jay Civetti, I was able to spend a few days with the team as they prepared for the season opener.

As an institutional photographer, it’s my part of my job to highlight the program and to show off the hard work and dedication that these student-athletes put in to their sport that their classmates might not otherwise see or even be aware of. In this case, the pressure was apparent. Everyone knew what was at stake.

Building on the foundations and work ethic they had set the previous year, the Jumbos stormed out to an early lead and never let go. When the game clock ticked down to zero, it was like a champagne cork going off, as the pressure that had been building up over the past 4 years finally let out. An effort well earned, no doubt.

You can see a loose edit of my coverage below, and to see full team coverage, be sure to check out Tufts Athletics.

NESCAC Champions!

It’s been a long time coming for the Tufts women’s basketball team. Despite more than a decade of dominance at or near the top of NESCAC and the national scene, the women’s team finally captured the elusive conference championship last Sunday afternoon.

What I like most about covering this team is their aggressive defensive style, which leads to a lot of downcourt turnovers and plays on the ground. It’s pretty different than a lot of the basketball I typically shoot in the men’s college and pro game, so I’m going heavier on that in this blog edit.

I’m psyched to be back in action this weekend as Tufts hosts the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament!

03/02/2014- Medford, Mass. - Tufts forward Ali Rocchi, A14, jumps into the arms of Tufts center Hayley Kanner, A15, after Tufts' 62-46 NESCAC Championship game win over Amherst at Cousens Gymnasium on Mar. 2, 2014. It is Tufts' first ever NESCAC Championship. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/02/2014- Medford, Mass. – Tufts forward Ali Rocchi, A14, jumps into the arms of Tufts center Hayley Kanner, A15, after Tufts' 62-46 NESCAC Championship game win over Amherst at Cousens Gymnasium on Mar. 2, 2014. It is Tufts' first ever NESCAC Championship. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/02/2014- Medford, Mass. - Tufts guard Caitlin McClure, A14, tries to dive in on Amherst's Savannah Holness in the first half of the NESCAC Championship game at Cousens Gymnasium on Mar. 2, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/02/2014- Medford, Mass. – Tufts guard Caitlin McClure, A14, tries to dive in on Amherst's Savannah Holness in the first half of the NESCAC Championship game at Cousens Gymnasium on Mar. 2, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/02/2014- Medford, Mass. - Tufts guard Caitlin McClure, A14, beats out Amherst's Marley Giddins for a rebound in the first half of the NESCAC Championship game at Cousens Gymnasium on Mar. 2, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/02/2014- Medford, Mass. – Tufts guard Caitlin McClure, A14, beats out Amherst's Marley Giddins for a rebound in the first half of the NESCAC Championship game at Cousens Gymnasium on Mar. 2, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/02/2014- Medford, Mass. - Tufts forward Ali Rocchi, A14, gets knocked over by Amherst's Jaimie Renner in the first half of the NESCAC Championship game at Cousens Gymnasium on Mar. 2, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/02/2014- Medford, Mass. – Tufts forward Ali Rocchi, A14, gets knocked over by Amherst's Jaimie Renner in the first half of the NESCAC Championship game at Cousens Gymnasium on Mar. 2, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/02/2014- Medford, Mass. - Tufts fans hold up cardboard cutouts of the women's basketball team in the first half of the NESCAC Championship game against Amherst at Cousens Gymnasium on Mar. 2, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/02/2014- Medford, Mass. – Tufts hold up cardboard cutouts of the women's basketball team in the first half of the NESCAC Championship game against Amherst at Cousens Gymnasium on Mar. 2, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/02/2014- Medford, Mass. - Tufts head coach Carla Berube cuts down the net following Tufts' 62-46 NESCAC Championship game win over Amherst at Cousens Gymnasium on Mar. 2, 2014. It is Tufts' first ever NESCAC Championship. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/02/2014- Medford, Mass. – Tufts head coach Carla Berube cuts down the net following Tufts' 62-46 NESCAC Championship game win over Amherst at Cousens Gymnasium on Mar. 2, 2014. It is Tufts' first ever NESCAC Championship. (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)