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It started with a highly-ranked Ohio State team on the road against Towson. I love how Johnny Unitas Stadium at Towson is open to the west, allowing some gorgeous light to enter the field before game-time. The Buckeyes were coming off a high after beating Denver, but the Towson Tigers provided a tough matchup. After a tight-matchup and a Buckeyes last-minute win, I was prepping for a Loyola Greyhound double-header the next day. The Lady Greyhounds were playing the Bucknell Bison in a Patriot League match, while the men took on the Georgetown Hoyas in the second game. The women cruised to an easy victory, while the men lost in the final minutes. Here are a few of my favorites from the day.

 

 

 

 

 

May 24, 2014; Gettysburg, PA, USA; Trinity (CT) Bantams attack Molly Cox (2) attempts a shot against Cortland Red Dragons goalie Liz Ingals (00) in the semi-finals of the NCAA Division III Women’s Lacrosse Tournament at Clark Field on the campus of Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA.

This was the first game of the lacrosse double-header I covered for US Lacrosse and Lacrosse Magazine. Cortland was the #1 seed with an undefeated record going up against Trinity. It was a back and forth matchup with big plays from both teams, but Trinity pulled out the upset win late. Here’s my favorite image from the game, a huge save by the Trinity goalie.

May 24, 2014; Gettysburg, PA, USA; The Salisbury Sea Gulls rush the field and react after beating the Amherst Lord Jeffs in the semi-finals of the NCAA Division III Women’s Lacrosse Tournament at Clark Field on the campus of Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA.

May is lacrosse playoffs and the stakes are high, loose and your season is over. The players put it all on the line to keep advancing and keep playing. For some, it will mark the end of their careers, while others will become heroes and their teams will advance. Personally, I hate to loose. I think most that know me, know I’m very competitive person in all aspects of life, that drive is what keeps me going, improving, and creating. Defeat and failure are a part of any sport and life, you won’t get every shot, some days just aren’t meant to be, but the ability to learn from mistakes, iterate, and improve are how you succeed in the long-term.

I had the opportunity to cover the NCAA DIII Women’s semifinals at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA for US Lacrosse and Lacrosse Magazine. A double-header of lax on one of the hottest days in Maryland so far this year. The excitement of the playoffs in any sport get me going, so it was awesome to have the opportunity to work both games. From covering the NJCAA Women’s Championship, I knew Salisbury would be rushing toward the goalie. I was fortunate to not only get plenty of their rush and celebration, but for Amherst to react right in front of my position.

It’s been a busy month working with old and new clients, which is always good. More lacrosse and lots of sailing to share over the next few days.

 

May 24, 2014; Gettysburg, PA, USA; An Amherst Lord Jeffs lays on the turf hurt during the game against the Salibury Sea Gulls in the semi-finals of the NCAA Division III Women’s Lacrosse Tournament at Clark Field on the campus of Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA.
May 10, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; The Albany Great Danes attack Ty Thompson (91) and attack Lyle Thompson (4) and Miles Thompson (4) react after a scored goal against the Loyola Greyhounds in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament at the Ridley Athletic Complex in Baltimore, MD.

The Thompson Show came to town and completely ran through the Loyola Greyhounds in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament. The twin brothers Miles and Lyle along with their cousin Ty all from Onondaga Nation, put on a show that shocked the lacrosse world to upset the higher-ranked Greyhounds at home. I had the fortunate opportunity to work with my client University of Albany to cover the playoff game for the school.

The Thompson’s have been everywhere this year, but it was amazing to see them in person. They aren’t the biggest or fastest players, but are smart and have the uncanny ability to know exactly where the others are at all times. The Great Danes struck first and didn’t look back the entire game. The second half was paused for about an hour due to a lightning delay, so for the first time at Loyola, I had a chance to work inside the tunnel. Loyola is fairly restrictive, photographers must work only from the opposite side of the benches, no end-lines and no bench-side. Even working with them or the away team, I still don’t have the access to work bench sideline most times. With the rain delay we were forced into the tunnel, and fortunately for me, Albany spent their rain break out in the tunnel relaxing, stretching, and hanging out. I’m not sure where the other photographers went, but no one was around and I could just roam amongst the players and make a few feature frames.

Here are a few of my favorites from the game.

May 10, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; The Albany Great Danes attack Miles Thompson (2) scores against Loyola Greyhounds in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament at the Ridley Athletic Complex in Baltimore, MD.

 

May 10, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; The Albany Great Danes attack Lyle Thompson (4) attempts a shot against the Loyola Greyhounds in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament at the Ridley Athletic Complex in Baltimore, MD.

 

May 10, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; The Albany Great Danes attack Lyle Thompson (4) waits out a rain delay in the tunnel during the second half against the Loyola Greyhounds in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament at the Ridley Athletic Complex in Baltimore, MD.

 

May 11, 2014; Arundel, MD, USA; The Monroe CC Tribunes rush the field after beating the Onondaga CC Lazers 11-8 in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Women’s National Championship game at Siegert Field Stadium on the campus of Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, MD.

On Sunday I had the opportunity to cover the NJCAA Women’s Lacrosse National Championship game for US Lacrosse/Lacrosse Magazine between Monroe CC Tribunes and Onondaga CC Lazers. Championship games/races/contests/events regardless of level are my favorite to document. One last game to accomplish your goal of winning it all. I was fortunate to be a part of back-to-back state championship baseball teams and it was an ultimate high immediately after the final out was recorded and we rushed the field to celebrate.

Since I don’t follow JUCO women’s lacrosse, I did some basic research on teams so I wouldn’t go in blind. I also got their with plenty of time to scout the field and place a remote. Since I hadn’t covered a lacrosse championship before, I wanted to be prepared for what happens at the end – do they rush the goalie, dunk the coach with gatorade, or something else? So I gave my friend who was a part of Maryland’s women’s lacrosse team a call and she advised me they will most likely rush to the goalie. As the clock wound down and Monroe having a 3 goal lead I cheated back to the goalie and as the clock expired, the team ran directly to her. Couldn’t have been in better position.

After shooting D1 Men’s Lacrosse tournament the day before, it was refreshing to bring the big-time to the small-time competition.

We’ve had a ton of rain, but not too much sun this spring. With the days getting longer, there is just gorgeous light that stretches late into the afternoons. A few weeks ago I was out at Notre Dame of Maryland covering a doubleheader of softball and final lacrosse game of the season. The field was soaked from the day before, but at least the sun was shining and the light was pretty. Working with a DIII school presents different challenges, but the main one is lack of facilities. Fortunately for me the Gators have a good field that is well positioned against a large hill that in the afternoon is covered in shade. I love working against this dark backdrop as it really makes the girls pop-out of the photo when the action is in-front of me.

Here are a few of my other favorites from the sunny and wet game.

 

 

March 15, 2014; College Park, MD, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish warm-up against the Maryland Terrapins at the Lacrosse and Field Hockey Complex in College Park, MD.

Back in March I had the opportunity to work with Notre Dame Women’s Lacrosse as they came to College Park to take on Maryland. It was an ACC showdown with both teams ranked in the Top 10. It also was the only nice day in all of March, hitting the mid-60s, I was fooled into thinking we might be done with winter a bit early around here. It was the first game Notre Dame had played outside without snow, so my assignment from the SID was not only to tell the story, but with a very young team, to get a lot of stock to be used throughout the year. Fortunately the game provided a lot of action, a back-and-forth game, but eventually the Fighting Irish fell to the Terps 16-9.

Here are a few of my favorites from the game, with lacrosse playoffs starting this week, May will be a busy month.

March 15, 2014; College Park, MD, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish attach Rachel Sexton (5) shoots against the Maryland Terrapins at the Lacrosse and Field Hockey Complex in College Park, MD.

 

March 15, 2014; College Park, MD, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish defense Stephanie Peragallo (8) goes for a loose ball against the Maryland Terrapins at the Lacrosse and Field Hockey Complex in College Park, MD.

 

 

March 15, 2014; College Park, MD, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish react after scoring a goal against the Maryland Terrapins at the Lacrosse and Field Hockey Complex in College Park, MD.

Feb 9, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes goalie Greg Dutton (3) during warmups at Johns Hopkins Bluejays at Homewood Field on the campus in Baltimore, MD.
It’s been a whirlwind of a month filled with vacation, assignment work, and travel. It’s also been frigid here in Baltimore with multiple snow storms, but with lacrosse starting that means spring is here in the Mid-Atlantic.

Back in February I found myself working with Ohio State again as they visited Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. With Maryland’s move to the Big10, I’m excited to work with a talented and dedicated creative team telling the stories of their athletes. While lacrosse season usually means warmer weather, it was not the case at game time. The temps were in the high 20s with a few flurries coming in at the end of the game. No amount of layers and hand warmers seemed to keep me warm, but the cold did seem to keep me moving and finding moments.

I’d venture to say that every athlete has some ritual while preparing for a game. I know when I was playing baseball, I’d get dressed in the same order: shirt, sliders, socks, pants, wrist band and then jersey. I’d always warm-up with my friend before every game or practice, it was just my routine to prepare for the work. When I worked with Ohio State last year, I noticed their goalie dunks himself with water during the pregame warm ups. As I was preparing for this game, I knew I wanted to make a photo of this ritual, especially in the cold.

The game was a thriller and went to 3 overtimes before Johns Hopkins netted a game-winner. A fun back-and-forth game to document, even though the Buckeyes lost. Some of my other favorites are below.

Feb 9, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes midfielder David Planning (12) at Johns Hopkins Bluejays at Homewood Field on the campus in Baltimore, MD.
Feb 9, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes midfielder Jake Withers (18) and Johns Hopkins Bluejays midfielder Drew Kennedy (76) at Homewood Field on the campus in Baltimore, MD.
Feb 9, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes long-stick midfielder Dominic Imbordino (44) knocks down Johns Hopkins Bluejays long-stick midfielder Michael Pellegrino (34) at Homewood Field on the campus in Baltimore, MD.
 

May 18, 2013; College Park, MD, USA; Yale Bulldogs midfielder Sean Shakespeare (3) among the Syracuse Orange after the Orange won 7-6 on a last second goal in the 2013 NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals at Capital One Byrd Field in College Park, MD.

Momentum can change at any minute. One shift you are on top of the world, nothing can go wrong, until one play or mistake, and it falls down. With less than five minutes to go in the game, Yale Bulldogs were up 6-4 and seemed to be cruising onto the next round. After a turnover and a quick Syracuse goal the whole outlook changed. The Orange scored two more goals, with the game-winner with less than 10 seconds left sending them onto the next round.

Towards the end of games, especially in the playoffs, I migrate towards the team bench area to make the reaction photos. In the world of Media Relations, most schools only use the jubilation photos, but the photos depicting the lows are just as important. It’s documenting the team and history for my clients, which is always a privilege.

This blog post is extremely late, it’s been a whirlwind of assignments, vacation, and house projects. More to come.

May 18, 2013; College Park, MD, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes attack Logan Schuss (18) during the National Anthem before the game against the Cornell Big Red in the 2013 NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals at Capital One Byrd Field in College Park, MD.

A rainy day and a rough end of the season for the Ohio State Buckeyes. The ECAC Champs matched up against Cornell in the NCAA Quarterfinals at Byrd Stadium in College Park, MD. It was a rainy day, and while the Preakness was the big-ticket in town, it was do or die in the Quarterfinals. As a former athlete and sports photographer, I love the playoffs in any sport, there’s an increase in emotion and intensity from the players, coaches, and spectators.

Working with Ohio State was awesome. They were looking for creative visuals highlighting their team’s run through the playoffs. While the game didn’t go the way they hoped, I feel I made some images that represented the team and gave them a sense of place.

Here are a few of my favorites from the game.

May 18, 2013; College Park, MD, USA; The Ohio State Buckeyes huddle before the beginning of the third quarter against the Cornell Big Red in the 2013 NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals at Capital One Byrd Field in College Park, MD.
May 18, 2013; College Park, MD, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes midfielder Turner Evans (5) makes a run against Cornell Big Red defense Jordan Stevens in the 2013 NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals at Capital One Byrd Field in College Park, MD.
May 18, 2013; College Park, MD, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes goalie Greg Dutton (3) and Cornell Big Red attack Steve Mock (6) dive for after a missed shot in the 2013 NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals at Capital One Byrd Field in College Park, MD.
May 18, 2013; College Park, MD, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes attack Logan Schuss (18) attempts a diving shot against the Cornell Big Red in the 2013 NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals at Capital One Byrd Field in College Park, MD.
May 18, 2013; College Park, MD, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Nick Myers talks to the team in the huddle before the game against the Cornell Big Red in the 2013 NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals at Capital One Byrd Field in College Park, MD.
May 18, 2013; College Park, MD, USA; Cornell Big Red attack Rob Pannell (3) reacts in the midst of the Ohio State Buckeyes after scoring a goal during the third quarter in the 2013 NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals at Capital One Byrd Field in College Park, MD.