Photo by Rodney Chen – 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 Rodney Chen.
One of the differences that young players face when they reach the professional level is the idea of playing on a clock. The introduction of a game clock alters strategy and game planning, but it also allows for one of the most exciting moments in sports: the buzzer beater.
The last minute throw as time expires is one of the most exciting moments in sports. The team attempts to send the disc into the end zone before the clock strikes zero and have a player come down for the score.
The Vancouver Nighthawks and the San Francisco Dogfish met three times over the 2016 MLU season, with the first two matchups going to the home team. As they met for a third and final time in Week 11, both teams were looking to capture the season series. An evenly matched game, the teams were tied at 13 with just a few seconds left in the 3rd quarter. As the clock ticked down, the Nighthawks went for the quick strike.
After recovering from a low pass, Vancouver’s Victor Cheng, knowing he had little time to act, whipped a massive backhand downfield towards the end zone. As the majority of both teams jockey for position in the end zone, waiting to make a play on the disc, Vancouver rookie Ty Barbieri drifted behind the group. The disc flew over their heads and right into the casually waiting arms of Barbieri as the clock hit 0:00.
As Barbieri waited in perfect position, Chen captured the moment perfectly. As the rookie registered the goal, he shrugged, “dabbed” and celebrated with his teammates.