I spent quite a bit of time on the road in Wisconsin last week, thanks to a historic run to the NCAA Division III Final Four by the Tufts women’s basketball team. Having covered this team for the past few years, and seeing them knocking on the door for quite some time now, it was an honor to get the chance to tag along with them as they made it further in the tournament than any other team in school history.
03/19/2014- Stevens Point, Wisc. – The women's basketball team crams in to a photo booth during the team social event for the NCAA Division III Women's Final Four on Mar. 19, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)
I approached the coverage like a road diary for the team, chronicling everything that they did behind the scenes in addition to the game action. Unfortunately, the team’s first ever trip to the Final Four didn’t go their way as they lost to eventual-national champions FDU-Florham in the first game, but it clearly didn’t seem to phase these remarkable women as the seniors ended their careers by having a blast in the consolation game.
03/22/2014- Stevens Point, Wisc. – Tufts guard Liz Moynihan, A14, jokes around with teammates with the NCAA fourth-place trophy after their 72-54 loss to Wisconsin-Whitewater in the NCAA Division III Women's Final Four consolation game at Quandt Fieldhouse on Mar. 22, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)
It was an exhausting trip, with 5-straight 16 or longer-hour days, but hopefully I’ll be able to get enough rest to do it again next season!
To get a complete chronicle of everything that went down in Stevens Point, check out the Tufts women’s basketball page over at Tufts Athletics, or take a look at a slightly condensed gallery of my time in Wisconsin below.
I haven’t shot soccer in a few years — been playing a hell of a lot more than photographing, that’s for sure. It’s easily my favorite sport after baseball, but being stateside, opportunities to photograph the world’s game are few and far between.
Here’s a few from the recently revived Women’s Professional Soccer league, featuring the hometown Boston Breakers and the visiting Chicago Red Stars. A frustrating loss for the Breakers, who were blanked, 2-0, by the then-winless Red Stars.
5.1.2010 — BOSTON — Boston Breakers midfielder Kristine Lilly fights for possesion with Chicago Red Stars midfielder Formiga in Chicago's 2-0 on May 1, 2010.
5.1.2010 — BOSTON — Boston Breakers midfielder Kristine Lilly reacts after her shot missed left against Chicago on May 1, 2010.
5.1.2010 — BOSTON — Breakers goalkeeper Ashley Phillips and defender Kasey Moore react after CHicago striker Cristiane, dancing in back, scored Chicago's second goal in their 2-0 win on May 1, 2010.