Photo by Brian Chu – 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 Brian Chu.
The Vancouver Nighthawks were a fun franchise to follow in 2016, as a roster full of talented rookies developed into a dynamic and exciting team. As Head Coach Patrick Gatien got his feet wet in his first season behind the wheel, the rookies and veterans spent the season implementing new systems and adapting to the professional game. During their 2016 campaign, the Nighthawks produced no shortage of highlights, but one in particular stands out.
As the third quarter came to a close in their Week 4 matchup with the Seattle Rainmakers, the Nighthawks looked to score quickly and cut into the Seattle lead before the final quarter. As time ran low and several of his teammates bolted for the end zone, Nighthawks’ rookie Jasper Lu launched a backhand towards them.
As the disc descended, veteran Nighthawk Erik Hunter skied several Rainmakers to snag Lu’s throw. Hunter, realizing he was coming down outside the end zone, somehow got the disc off as he tumbled to the ground, finding a wide-open Phil Davidson for the score.
As Davidson celebrated one of the wildest plays of the MLU season with his teammates, Chu snapped the shot.
While the Rainmakers would hold on to win (BOXSCORE – WATCH GAME), the Nighthawks continued to show fans and opponents all season long that they have assembled a talented core of players with all the tools to return them to the MLU playoffs in the coming seasons.