Tufts Documentary Shows Inside Look
at 2010 National Championship Team
If you're a sucker for lacrosse in HD and sports documentaries, here's a must watch.
"Tufts Lacrosse 2010," details the story of the 2010 Tufts men's lacrosse team that won the NCAA Division III national championship, the first national title of any kind in school history. It's available for free to watch here, on jumboslaxtv.com, and it's on YouTube and another free video site.
Tufts student Arlin Ladue spent seven months filming and editing the movie, and former Tufts player Drew Innis produced the film. Ladue covered 11 Tufts games, spent eight full days with team and shot 2,000 gigabytes of HD footage, he told The Tufts Daily before the movie premiered on-campus in October. He also traveled with the team for a tournament game at Cortland and to the final four in Baltimore.
Putting my critic's hat on for a second ... I liked the movie.
How could you not when it guest stars a LaxMagazine.com article that predicted Cortland would beat Tufts in last year's NCAA semifinals. Jumbos coach Mike Daly pulled out the article to use as a motivational tactic, on the team bus on the way to the game. Check that out around the 10:10 mark.
The film is filled with unique inside looks at the team.
During a scouting report session leading up to the Cortland game, Daly told the team, "They've got some big kids, a lot like Bowdoin. They're pretty athletic, a lot like Middlebury. But I'm not sure they're better than any of those guys, to be completely frank with you."
Another part of the film shows a special graduation ceremony for a small group of senior lacrosse players, and assistant coach Scott Rynne, who earned a master's degree, during the team's postseason run.
"Many schools claim to have scholar-athletes, we really do," Tufts president Larry Bacow said during the graduation.
There's a ton of game and practice footage, as well as individual interviews with Daly, and current Tufts players D.J. Hessler and Alec Bialosky. You can also sense the emotion Daly feels for this team, and the Tufts players that came before this group. That jives with what Daly told me during a Give and Go interview for the April issue of Lacrosse Magazine.
Q: What's been the proudest moment of your lacrosse career?
"Being in Baltimore [for the 2010 D-III championship], seeing all the alums that came back," Daly said. "Certainly the championship was great, but being around our alums and the guys that played for us was a special moment for me, special for our family, for all those guys to come back and see our kids all grown up. That was the most emotional time for me of the weekend was seeing our former players back. I would say close to 90 percent of the guys I've coached were back, and if they weren't, they were at something very pressing."
The film is worth a watch. I wasted 30 minutes watching it Tuesday night, and enjoyed the time. It's a nice reminder that NCAA tournament season is here.