Photo by Kyle McBard – 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.
Today we look at one of the most impressive catches from a young Vancouver Nighthawks team in 2016, as captured by photographer Kyle McBard. The final game of the 2016 season for both the visiting Nighthawks and the San Francisco Dogfish would not have any effect on the grand scheme of things in the league. Neither team was in the playoff hunt. The Week 11 matchup was the third time these two young teams would meet in 2016, and with the series tied at one win apiece, this matchup was for bragging rights and a third place finish in the MLU Western Conference.
The Nighthawks came out looking like a team with their season on the line, doubling up the Dogfish in the first quarter, 8-4. Part of that first quarter scoring outburst was a spectacular catch by 18-year old rookie Justin Chan. With the Nighthawks leading 5-3, with just under five minutes left in the first quarter, the speedy Chan found himself downfield without a defender even close. His teammates clearly noticed as well, as the disc came flying downfield towards Chan and the end zone. The disc hooked towards the sideline, making Chan’s only chance to sprint at full speed and dive. To the surprise and delight of the fans, Chan went fully horizontal to bring in the disc and McBard took the shot, capturing Chan’s efforts forever. While the Nighthawks would lose the game by a single goal, 19-18 (BOXSCORE – WATCH GAME), Chan’s catch would go on to be featured on ESPN’s Sportscenter Top 10.