Photo by Sean Carpenter – 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 Sean Carpenter.
For the Washington D.C. Current, 2016 was the beginning of something greater. When Will Smolinski became head coach of the team following the 2015 season, he laid out a comprehensive 3-Year plan for the Current to return to the playoffs. In 2016, the team began to rebuild their roster through the development of young talent, all while implementing Smolinski and his staff’s system.
Heading into Week 10 against the first place Philadelphia Spinners, the Current wanted to go out and show everybody just how far they had come. About halfway through the third quarter the Spinners led by a few goals, but the Current were looking to close the gap quickly. After forcing a Philadelphia turnover, the Current swung the disc to rookie Antoine Davis. Davis, turning downfield, saw fellow rookie Andrew Gravunder breaking deep towards the end zone.
With Gravunder streaking downfield with a step on his Spinners’ defender, Davis launched a full-field huck towards his teammate. Gravunder, reading the disc perfectly, caught the disc right over his shoulder, just outside the end zone. After some hustle from his teammates, Gravunder was able to find an open cutter for the score.
As Gravunder tracked the disc and went for the catch, Carpenter snapped the shot.
While Philadelphia would go on to win the game (BOXSCORE – WATCH GAME), the Current’s impressive showing from rookies like Gravunder and Davis gave fans a glimpse of good things to come from the D.C. Current.