Photo by Kevin Leclaire – 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 Kevin Leclaire.
The Portland Stags waited three seasons to get to the MLU Championship. After making it all the way to the Western Conference Final from 2014-2016, the Stags finally punched their ticket to the big game in 2016.
Needless to say, the Stags were amped for the Championship. After dominating their conference rivals, they had a chance to become the first team from the West Coast to win the title.
That passion and energy emerged quickly in the first quarter, as the Stags jumped to an early lead against the Eastern Conference champs, the Philadelphia Spinners. After converting their first break to take the lead in the opening quarter, the Stags looked to finish strong and quiet the home crowd. When an errant throw from the Spinners gave possession back to Portland, the Stags up had a chance at another early break.
Seeing the turn, veteran Stags defender Topher Davis broke for the end zone, a move that did not go unnoticed by teammate Ben McGinn who casually picked up the disc and launched a beautiful, looping backhand huck towards the goal line.
McGinn’s throw found Davis perfectly, gliding right into his hands as he caught the disc for the score, extending the Stag’s lead to 5-3. Triumphant, Davis turned to both benches and flexed, sending the message that the Stags came to play.
As Davis threw his arms up, Leclaire caught the veteran in the perfect pose.