Photo by John King – UltiPhotos.com
Ultimate is a sport of big moments – the long downfield huck, the layout goal, the sky in the end zone and the list goes on. Over the past four years of Major League Ultimate, those moments have been captured by our partners at UltiPhotos. In our series, Caught in Action, we look at some of the greatest moments from MLU’s history and how they have been captured by the talented photographers at UltiPhotos. This week, we take a look at a spectacular moment captured by John King.
The Portland Stags came into the 2016 season looking to pick up right where they had left off. The Stags had steamrolled their Western Conference opponents in 2014 and 2015, and looked to once again establish themselves as the team to beat in the West.
In Week 3, the Stags hosted the San Francisco Dogfish, the only team to beat Portland in 2015. With the Stags looking to avoid last year’s upset and the young Dogfish hoping to prove they could be a presence in the Western Conference, both teams came into this game with a statement to make.
Neither team was able to score in the first several minutes of the game, as the opening point extended past the mid-way point of the first quarter. San Francisco looked to have a chance to score the first goal of the game about three minutes in, as rookie hybrid Jacob Serrano seemed to gain a step on his defender, Portland’s Matt Melius heading towards the end zone. Noticing Serrano’s move, San Francisco’s Ben Hubbard went to feed him the disc with a nice backhand toss.
Positioned in the end zone for the disc, Serrano and the Dogfish were denied as the veteran Melius closed the gap and leapt perfectly to swat the disc away at the last second. Melius’ effort was captured perfectly as King snapped his shot just as the disc was tipped.