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What They Were Thinking: Stretching out

Columbia sophomore Naomi Sharp, getting tackled during a rugby match against Harvard-Radcliffe in Allston.

Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff

Columbia sophomore Naomi Sharp, getting tackled during a rugby match against Harvard-Radcliffe in Allston.

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what's happening in the shot.

Who’s up today: Columbia sophomore Naomi Sharp, getting tackled during a rugby match against Harvard-Radcliffe in Allston, Oct. 6, 2012.

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Sharp: “You need to keep the ball in your hands and place it on the ground towards your teammates in a controlled way so another one of your players can come and take the ball and pass it back and keep going. You don’t want to get hit and have the ball bounce out of your hand and lose control of it. I’m just trying to place it on the ground as close as I can to my teammates. You have a few seconds to do that before you have to let it go or the ref will call that. In those few seconds, you have to have that control even though someone just smacked the wind out of you. I think that’s what happened to me. The mouth guard is the only piece of protection we really wear. We don’t have any other padding, so we get bruises. Today I might have broken my nose, but all that stuff is minor compared to your head. I have actually never played a sport in my life. I was a tomboy as a kid and I’ve always had a hunger to play a sport and to do something physical. My parents thought it was funny the first time I got hit in the face, but when I Skyped them, they thought it was a little less funny. They are happy I found something I like but I think they would prefer it if I liked Ping-Pong or something with a little less contact.”

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