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Behind the Lens: A Look at the Top Lacrosse Photos of 2019


Lacrosse moves so quickly that the small moments often pass the casual viewer by. Thanks to US Lacrosse Magazine's team of photographers, some of the best moments of 2019 were captured in stills.

Take a look at our favorite photos of the past year. Pick up the December 2019 edition to see it laid out in print.

 

Right Place, Right (On) Time
By John Strohsacker

 

The bus driver for the Stony Brook women's lacrosse team — known affectionately as Oz — rushed onto the field at Maryland to hoist Seawolves coach Joe Spallina onto his shoulder and celebrate a 10-9 win over defending NCAA champion James Madison in an NCAA tournament game May 10. The shocked expressions on the Stony Brook players' faces rivals that of Spallina.

I try to position myself at end of game to get players reacting toward their bench or to capture game stat leaders with their coaches or other players. I try to catch moments when they happen between players and with coaches and refs.

As Bill Belichick would say, just do your job.

Candidly Cavalier
By Kevin P. Tucker

 

Since 1994, the first year Cabrini began playing men's lacrosse, Salisbury has been the barometer in Division III. When Steve Colfer took over and ramped up Cabrini's nonconference schedule, the wins didn't come at first. But the program started to build. Losses became wins. Expectation grew.

They reached fever pitch this year. But two old foes lurked: York and Salisbury. The Cavs came back to bet York in OT, then rode the hot hand of Jordan Krug all the way to Lincoln Financial Field. He scored seven goals on 7-for-8 shooting to lift Cabrini to a 16-13 win over Salisbury for a spot in the title game. A week later, Philly's own Cavs topped Amherst for the crown.


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American for the Day
By Tim Bates

 

Covering the gold medal game of the 2019 World Lacrosse Women's U19 World Championship for Team USA and US Lacrosse Magazine, I changed my passport that afternoon. I was an American for the day. Canada and U.S. played through a downpour to stage an entertaining final.

This was my favorite picture and ultimately the cover of US Lacrosse Magazine. It captures Caitlyn Wurzburger's raw emotion after a goal in a 13-3 U.S. victory at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario.

Spider-Verse
By Keith Lucas

 

In what was one of the most improbable comebacks, Richmond rallied to tie the Atlantic 10 women's lacrosse championship game with four goals in six minutes, including the equalizer with four seconds left. In overtime, Sam Geiersbach drilled the golden goal at the 4:01 mark to seal the comeback as the Spiders defeated UMass 19-18 and advanced to the NCAA tournament.








Worth It
By Peyton Williams

 

On Feb. 23, I was assigned to cover Hopkins-UNC, a barnburner on a normal day. Wild weather only added to the lore of this storied matchup.

Fetzer Field was being torn up to be replaced with a brand-new facility, forcing the teams to play in Kenan Stadium. Torrents of rain in the preceding days resulted in the muddiest lacrosse game I've seen, either in person or on TV.

Best yet, for me, it meant the best photography that I've ever produced in a lacrosse game.

The rain during the game was relentless. The field line washed away. Refs had to move the faceoff because the middle of the field was a mud bog.

I had no idea if I was getting anything in focus. My camera got water damage, and it cost me more to repair it than I made on the game.

But it was worth it. The game was the most fun I have ever photographed. The guys who played will be telling their grandchildren about the "mud game."




PHOTO BY JOHN STROHSACKER


Jubilation
By Rich Barnes

 

Colgate's Will Blumenberg celebrating a goal during the Raiders' upset victory over Syracuse. It was great to be able to capture history.

 

A celebration shot of Taylor Gebhardt's seventh goal in double OT as Georgetown beat Penn in the NCAA tournament played in Syracuse. I've been friends with the Gebhardt family for a long time. This image was special not only for me, but also for them.

 

Merrimack's women cheer after upsetting No. 1 Le Moyne in the NE10 championship game — Merrimack's last game as a Division II program.

 

My favorite image from the best game I covered: Duke vs. Syracuse at Cicero-North Syracuse High School. A tremendous comeback OT victory by the Orange would end with a celebration under the scoreboard.