Photo by Jeff Bell – 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 take a look at a huge moment in the 2016 Vancouver Nighthawks season, as captured by Jeff Bell.
For both the San Francisco Dogfish and the Vancouver Nighthawks, 2016 was a rebuilding year, as both teams sported new head coaches and rosters full of rookies. After San Francisco defeated the Nighthawks convincingly in Week 1, the Nighthawks looked to even the season series when the Dogfish came to Vancouver in Week 7. In one of the closest games of the year, if not in MLU history, the two teams battled, point-for-point, for three quarters. Heading into the 4th quarter with the score tied at 19-19, it was clear that each possession was critical and that a single mistake could cost either team the game. With a team full of rookies, it came down to two Nighthawks veterans to set the tone for the final quarter, as with less than a minute off the clock, Taylor Nadon found Erik Hunter in the back corner of the end zone to take the lead. After the goal, Hunter turned to his benched and roared, amping his teammates up for the last nine minutes of regulation, a moment the Bell captured perfectly in his photo. It would take until sudden death double overtime, but the Nighthawks would prevail and secured their first victory in front of the home fans. (BOXSCORE – WATCH GAME)