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.
The Washington D.C. Current looked at the 2016 MLU season as a first step in their return to the top of the league, developing young talent and adapting to Head Coach Will Smolinski’s on-field strategy. By Week 10, the Current had been eliminated from the playoff hunt, but looked to show that they could compete with anyone, even the first place Philadelphia Spinners.
After the Spinners built a significant 9-4 lead after the first quarter in their home stadium, the Current struck back with a vengeance. Heading into the second quarter, D.C. scored four straight goals, highlighted by Andrew Gravunder’s Callahan.
Receiving the disc after the Callahan, D.C. looked to ride the momentum and tie the game at 9-9. As the Current worked the disc downfield to Zach Norrbom, the second-year handler saw the rookie teammate Antoine Davis cutting deep for the end zone. Norrbom, trusting his receiver, launched a monster huck towards the goal line.
Davis perfectly read the disc and skied his defender, coming down with Norrbom’s throw for the score. As Davis rose up over the Philadelphia defender, Carpenter snapped the shot, perfectly capturing the D.C. comeback.
While the Current were able to tie the game after the Spinners’ big first quarter, Philadelphia would go on to win in the end (BOXSCORE – WATCH GAME), but D.C. gave their fans a lot to be excited about in 2017 and beyond.