Photo by Bob Hume – 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 an exciting moment, as caught by Bob Hume.
The matchups between the Washington D.C. Current and the New York Rumble in 2016 were three of the most hotly contested games all season. In their first meeting, the Rumble scored 10, 4th quarter goals to comeback and squeak out a narrow win on in Washington. Two weeks later, the Current jumped out early and held the lead to draw the season series even at a win each.
As the two teams set to meet for the third and final time, everyone expected another close battle, and the Rumble and Current did not disappoint. With the Current leading 16-10 at the beginning of the 4th quarter, the Rumble began what looked like another big comeback. After shrinking the Current’s lead to just two goals with less than a minute left in the game, the Rumble knew they needed a quick strike. As D.C. took their time with the disc, knowing the clock to be their biggest ally, New York’s standout rookie, Sean Mott came away with a layout catch-block around mid-field, before unleashing a long backhand huck towards the end zone. With one of the league’s most feared defenders, Delrico Johnson streaking towards him, New York’s John Irvine, a rookie himself, leapt up and pulled the disc from the sky for his 4th goal of the game.
As Irvine shot into the sky, Hume captured the moment perfectly – the outstretched arm of Irvine, the incoming Johnson and the scoreboard telling the tale. While D.C. would hold on to win by a single goal, the third installment of Rumble v. Current in 2016 proved just as exciting as the first two. (BOXSCORE – WATCH GAME)