LM Photographer John Strohsacker Makes SI
Lacrosse Magazine staff photographer John Strohsacker shot the above image Saturday at Navy Marine-Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md., and the photo ran on LaxMagazine.com this week accompanying the story on the Boston Cannons 17-10 win over the Chesapeake Bayhawks.
You can also now see the photo in the Leading Off section of this week's Sports Illustrated.
Under the heading "Loose Cannon," the SI caption on the two-page spread reads in part, "Midfielder Greg Downing of the Boston Cannons let fly against Chesapeake Bayhawks goalie Brian Phipps as Bayhawks midfielder Jeff Reynolds (far right) got a stick in ... Downing failed to score on the play."
John says he was lucky to capture the image. To that we say, "Luck is the residue of design," as Hall of Fame baseball executive Branch Rickey once said.
John spends a lot of time on fields year-round shooting images of all levels of the game. And shooting lacrosse has its challenges. As a newspaper photographer I used to work with once told me at a game, "It's like shooting moving trees in a moving forest," referring to the number of players in constant motion, along with the ball and the point(s) of action.
Congrats to John. This is good for him, good for us, and good for the sport to get some mainstream national attention and show off one of the feats of athleticism that can be seen in a game of lacrosse. In short, it's pretty cool.