Photo by Scobel Wiggins – 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 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 moment captured by Scobel Wiggins.
The Vancouver Nighthawks were a young team in 2016. A roster with 20 rookies and a new coaching staff, they returned far less experienced pieces than their rivals in the Western Conference. The Portland Stags were on the other side of the spectrum, returning one of the most experienced rosters in the league and dominating the west on their way to the MLU Championship Game. While the Nighthawks were almost certainly out of range of a victory by the 4th quarter of their Week 9 matchup with the Stags, they were still able to make their mark.
With the disc about 12 yards short of mid-field, Nighthawks rookie Michael Yi unleashed a massive backhand huck looking for paydirt. As the disc sailed towards the end zone, curving towards the far pylon, the only two players with a chance at it were Portland’s Timmy Perston and Vancouver’s Nathan Lam. Perston stands 6-foot-3 and is one of the most accomplished and athletic cutters in the league, but as the disc made its approach, it was the 5-foot-6 Lam who read it perfectly and brought home the goal. While the Stag’s lead was insurmountable (BOXSCORE – WATCH GAME), Lam turned around and after his own brief celebration, slapped hands with Perston to congratulate his opponent and a strong effort.
As Lam and Perston met in that moment of spirit and comradery, Wiggins snapped the shot, capturing the moment perfectly.