I traveled to Boston for the first time a couple of months ago and loved it. Not only is it a city full of athletic pride, but with history and tradition as well. Naturally, I wanted to return back as quick as possible. After shooting the NCAA Championships for women swimming, I wanted to explore and see what other championships I could possibly shoot. Lacrosse Division one championships were going to be held in Foxborough, Mass., in Gillette Stadium during the last weekend of May which in my mind was going to be perfect. Another week in Boston and I could get the opportunity to shoot a sport that I have wanted to all spring and it would be a the highest collegiate level.
I quickly filled out the application and thus began the patiently waiting part. Now that I am trying to, I cannot really recall what brought me to the Facebook page in the first place but one day I was looking through the US Soccer page and clicked the tab events. I was very excited to see the women’s national team would begin a series of friendly games in the States before heading over to England for the Olympics. Utah, Texas, and then there it was Pennsylvania. The girls would be playing in Pennsylvania during the same time I would be heading up to Boston. Yes please. Would LOVE for the opportunity to shoot the women’s team since I was able to shoot the men’s Olympic qualifier back in March.
Again, I filled out the application with my fingers crossed and hoped for the best. Even though I probably shouldn’t have, I began to plan the trip to Boston as if I was getting both credentials. Once the trip was booked and ready to go I received an email from a woman involved with the lacrosse championships asking me why I’d choose to shoot lacrosse and when I told her, she wrote me back continuing to express her lack of understanding why someone from Kentucky would want to shoot in Boston. A few days later, my denial of my request email was in my inbox. It was the first one that I ever had received. I soon became worried that I wasn’t going to get approved for the soccer one – if I couldn’t get approval for a collegiate championship, how in the world would I get it on a national level.
…I can try to shoot lacrosse again next year.