Photo by Sandy Canetti – 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 new 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 will look back at a showdown between the New York Rumble and the visiting Washington D.C. Current, and a photo captured by Sandy Canetti. The Current came into New York riding a three game losing streak to begin the season. In his first year as Head Coach of the Current, Will Smolinski was confident that his roster full of rookie talent would find their legs and have success. Fans started to see that during this matchup on May 1st.
The game opened up with both teams trading points. Halfway through the 1st quarter, with the teams tied 2-2, the Current began to show up. Washington rattled off three quick breaks on the backs of rookies Trevor Griesman and Michael Moses. In the span of under a minute and a half, across three points played, Griesman and Moses each caught a goal of their own, before connecting on this 35 yard strike from. After fellow rookie Andrew Gravunder found him along the far sideline, Griesman turned to see Moses positioning himself between two New York defenders, including eventual 2016 Eastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Marques Brownlee.
Trusting his receiver, Griesman whipped a long forehand towards the end zone, drifting to a point where Moses could use his long arms and athleticism to reach up and pull in the goal. As Moses and Brownlee went up for the disc, Canetti snapped the shot and captured the look on both of their faces as Moses won possession.
The team’s third consecutive break gave the Current a three point lead, one they would hold onto for most of the game. While New York would close the deficit to 2 by the end of the game, that first quarter run would set D.C. up for their first win of the season. (BOXSCORE – WATCH GAME)