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Sweet Sixteen

It’s been awhile since I’ve covered an NCAA Tourney, but I had a chance this weekend to jump right back into the swing of things with the Tufts Jumbos women as they hosted the first two rounds of the Division III Dance. Tufts being the host also gave me the opportunity to strobe the otherwise dim and cavernous Cousens Gymnasium and have a little more forgiveness with my remote cameras.

But more importantly, I got to make pictures of the Jumbos as they advanced to the Sweet Sixteen with two hard-fought wins, characterized by their tough, nationally ranked defense. Here’s a selection of photos from the second-round game between Tufts and Johns Hopkins.

03/03/2012 - Medford, Mass. - The Jumbos celebrate Tufts' 55-46 win over Johns Hopkins in the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship at Tufts University's Cousens Gymnasium on March 3, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/03/2012 - Medford, Mass. - The Jumbos celebrate Tufts' 55-46 win over Johns Hopkins in the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship at Tufts University's Cousens Gymnasium on March 3, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/03/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Johns Hopkins forward Alex Vassila gets her shot blocked by Tufts guard Liz Moynihan, A14, in Tufts' 55-46 win over Johns Hopkins in the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship at Tufts University's Cousens Gymnasium on March 3, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/03/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Johns Hopkins forward Alex Vassila gets her shot blocked by Tufts guard Liz Moynihan, A14, in Tufts' 55-46 win over Johns Hopkins in the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship at Tufts University's Cousens Gymnasium on March 3, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/03/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Johns Hopkins guard Chantel Mattiola gets her shot blocked by Tufts guard Liz Moynihan, A14, right, in Tufts' 55-46 win over Johns Hopkins in the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship at Tufts University's Cousens Gymnasium on March 3, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/03/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Johns Hopkins guard Chantel Mattiola gets her shot blocked by Tufts guard Liz Moynihan, A14, right, in Tufts' 55-46 win over Johns Hopkins in the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship at Tufts University's Cousens Gymnasium on March 3, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/03/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Johns Hopkins forward Maggie Fruehan loses possession of the ball in Tufts' 55-46 win over Johns Hopkins in the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship at Tufts University's Cousens Gymnasium on March 3, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/03/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Johns Hopkins forward Maggie Fruehan loses possession of the ball in Tufts' 55-46 win over Johns Hopkins in the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship at Tufts University's Cousens Gymnasium on March 3, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/03/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Johns Hopkins guard Stephanie Fong falls after Tufts guard Bre Dufault, A13, steals the ball in Tufts' 55-46 win over Johns Hopkins in the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship at Tufts University's Cousens Gymnasium on March 3, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/03/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Johns Hopkins guard Stephanie Fong falls after Tufts guard Bre Dufault, A13, steals the ball in Tufts' 55-46 win over Johns Hopkins in the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship at Tufts University's Cousens Gymnasium on March 3, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/03/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Johns Hopkins forward Alex Vassila boxes out Tufts forward Hayley Kanner, A15, with some help from Johns Hopkins guard Fatu Conteh in Tufts' 55-46 win over Johns Hopkins in the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship at Tufts University's Cousens Gymnasium on March 3, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/03/2012 - Medford, Mass. - Johns Hopkins forward Alex Vassila boxes out Tufts forward Hayley Kanner, A15, with some help from Johns Hopkins guard Fatu Conteh in Tufts' 55-46 win over Johns Hopkins in the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship at Tufts University's Cousens Gymnasium on March 3, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/03/2012 - Medford, Mass. - The Jumbos bench cheer in the closing seconds of Tufts' 55-46 win over Johns Hopkins in the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship at Tufts University's Cousens Gymnasium on March 3, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/03/2012 - Medford, Mass. - The Jumbos bench cheer in the closing seconds of Tufts' 55-46 win over Johns Hopkins in the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship at Tufts University's Cousens Gymnasium on March 3, 2012. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

Hot Streak

So since I last covered the Boston Breakers, these ladies have been on quite a tear, winning three straight games in July, culminating with Sunday’s 2-1 win over the Washington Freedom.

This was a pretty fun game, with the Breakers outplaying the Freedom for the most part, getting it done with a strong possession game, solid passing and excellent movement off the ball — just the kind of technical soccer I like to see! And definitely a far cry from the long-ball fest I covered at the Revolution a few weeks ago.

Here’s a few from the Breakers’ convincing win Sunday:

7.18.2010 — BOSTON — Boston Breakers striker Lauren Cheney gets a push from Washington's Cat Whitehill in Boston's 2-1 win on July 18, 2010.

7.18.2010 — BOSTON — Boston Breakers defender Ifeoma Dieke wins a header against Washington's Kristi Eveland in Boston's 2-1 win on July 18, 2010.

7.18.2010 — BOSTON — Boston Breakers midfielder Lindsay Tarpley congratulates midfielder Jordan Angeli on her game-winning goal against Washington in their 2-1 win on July 18, 2010. Angeli scored off Tarpley's deflected header attempt.

7.18.2010 — BOSTON — Boston Breakers midfielder Jordan Angeli, facing, is mobbed by teammates after her game-winning goal against Washington in their 2-1 win as Washington midfielder Brittany Bock walks past on July 18, 2010.