Scranton Men’s Lacrosse holds Goucher from winning second consecutive Conference title

"University of Scranton Junior midfielder Mike Rufo celebrates after defeating Goucher College to win the Landmark Conference Men's Lacrosse Championship Saturday, May 7, 2011."

"Members of University of Scranton's Men's Lacrosse team celebrate after being named the Landmark Conference champions on Saturday, May 7, 2011."

"Members of the Goucher College Men's Lacrosse team sprint down the hill as part of their pre-game ritual before the Landmark Conference championship game Saturday, May 7, 2011."

"The Goucher College Men's Lacrosse team celebrates on the sideline after scoring the first goal of the Landmark Conference championship game against the University of Scranton Saturday, May 7, 2011."

"Midfielder John Curry '12 (right) celebrates with attacker Rory Averett '12 after scoring a goal against the University of Scranton during the Landmark Conference Men's Lacrosse championship game Saturday, May 7, 2011."

The Goucher College Men’s Lacrosse team fell to the University of Scranton in the Landmark Conference championship game last Saturday. The loss prevented Goucher from winning their second consecutive Conference title. The full story, along with my photograph, is here

As a four-year athlete for Goucher athletics, it was impossible to ignore my emotions while shooting this game. Such was the case last year as well, when I witnessed Goucher win a championship for the first time. 

It was difficult to swallow us losing, and it was even worse being given the responsibility of shooting the official championship team photo of Scranton for the Landmark Conference. But, as Goucher’s Athletic Director, Geoff Miller, mentioned to me on the field as Scranton received their championship t-shirts player by player, “Everyone has their time in the sun.”

Despite how painful it was shooting the Royals’ celebrations at the end of the fourth quarter, there’s no doubt that these images stand alone as valuable additions to my sports portfolio. I shot lots of nice action during the game, but regardless of the score, the day was all about emotions and energy. These photographs demonstrate that from both ends of the sideline. 

Goucher Men’s Lacrosse advances to second consecutive Conference championship

"The Goucher Men's Lacrosse team lines up during the National Anthem before the start of the Landmark Conference semifinal vs. Susquehanna University at Goucher College Wednesday, May 4, 2011."

"Goucher defender Paul Taylor '11 (left) and Susquehanna midfielder Ryan Oakes '11 battle for possession during the Landmark Conference Men's Lacrosse semifinal at Goucher College Wednesday, May 4, 2011."

"Sophomore defenseman Bryce Carson shoots on goal during the Landmark Conference Men's Lacrosse semifinal at Goucher College Wednesday, May 4, 2011."

The Goucher Men’s Lacrosse Team defeated Susquehanna University 11-3 this afternoon to advance to the Landmark Conference championship game for a second consecutive year. Here‘s the full story. 

This was the first time I shot lacrosse this season, so it took the first half of the game for me to shake the rust off. But once I got my timing back, the shooting went well and I made a solid group of images. I liked these three. 

I rented a 400mm f/2.8 lens for the game, so it was a treat shooting with a real lens, for once. I’m a firm believer that a photographer can make great images regardless of his or her equipment, and not having big lenses available all the time has without a doubt made me a better photographer. There’s no denying, though, that a bona fide lens makes shooting a lot more fun. 

Be sure to check back for photographs from the championship game this coming Saturday, May 7. Let’s hope for a repeat.