It's all about referrals. I was recommended to US Lacrosse based on my work with Notre Dame. It was a last minute assignment with the conversation starting on Friday afternoon and confirmation Saturday morning for a Sunday assignment. Their local staff photographer was out-of town and two top teams were scrimmaging with new experimental shot clock rules. The assignment centered around the story of the shot-clock and its effect on the game.
It was really my first experience with lacrosse at a high level. I had watched a few club games at Clemson, but it was nothing like I saw last Sunday. The play was up and down the field, very fast-paced, with only 2 shot-clock violations. I really loved the physicality of the game and the atmosphere was great. About 4,000 people came out for an exhibition game between two out-of-state schools, which was great in my book.
They played on a football field and used the play-clock as the shot-clock. Thankfully they were setup relatively in the middle of the field on each side so I found the "cleanest" angle, which is relative because I was staying loose to add the shot-clock but not have too many extraneous extra items left-over on the track. After shooting the shot-clock for awhile I moved on to capture the rest of the game action.
Here's a link to the article about the game, LaxMagazine.com photo gallery, along with some lead images on the front page of the website. We'll see what it looks like in print. My favorite shot clock image from the day: