Photo by John King – Ultiphotos.com

Ultimate is a sport of big moments – the long downfield huck, the layout goal, the end zone sky 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 will look at some of the great moments from MLU’s history and how they have been captured by the talented photographers at Ultiphotos.com. This week, we take a look at a moment captured by John King.

The Portland Stags have been one of the most impressive offensive teams over the past several seasons, and 2016 was no exception. The Stags led the league in scoring with 228 goals behind a handful of explosive offensive playmakers. One of the most dynamic goals from last season was a 2nd quarter score in the Stag’s Week 3 matchup with the San Francisco Dogfish.

While the Dogfish matched the Stags point for point in the 1st quarter, Portland ran off three consecutive breaks in the 2nd quarter and they weren’t done yet. After forcing yet another turn, the Stags D-line looked to grow their lead heading into halftime. Working the disc up to about 20-yards from the goal line, veteran Eli Blackman looped a flick down the far sideline, perfectly placed for teammate Dan Shaw to make a play for it. Diving past his defender, Shaw kept his toes in bound, dragging his feet to convert the break.

As Shaw made his bid, King took the picture.

The Stags would go on to win the game, continuing their road to the 2016 MLU Championship. (BOXSCOREWATCH GAME)

Portland, OR:   Dan Shaw (Portland Stags #19) vs Nate Young (San Francisco Dogfish #15). Portland Stags vs San Francisco Dogfish on Saturday April 23, 2016 at Milwaukie High School in Portland, OR. All Rights Reserved. © John King for UltiPhotos.com.

Portland, OR: Dan Shaw (Portland Stags #19) vs Nate Young (San Francisco Dogfish #15). Portland Stags vs San Francisco Dogfish on Saturday April 23, 2016 at Milwaukie High School in Portland, OR. All Rights Reserved. © John King for UltiPhotos.com.

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