Photo by Sandy Canetti – 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 Sandy Canetti.
The New York Rumble had a lot to be excited about early in 2015. Coming into the season, the team had a young and exciting roster with several players looking to build on strong rookie campaigns from 2014. One of the most promising second-year players in the MLU in 2015, Jibran Mieser, had the talent to become a defensive powerhouse for the Rumble in the Eastern Conference.
Dynamic and confident, Mieser led the the Rumble defense onto the field as they took on the vaunted Boston Whitecaps to open the season. The Whitecaps entered 2015 as the only team to score more than 200 goals in both years of MLU action to that point. During the game, Mieser would put up one of the most dominant defensive efforts in league history, recording six blocks on the day. In addition to his contributions on defense, Mieser would also lend his athleticism to the offense, providing the Rumble with a potent downfield weapon.
Late in the third quarter, Mieser joined the O-line as New York received the pull. Down six goals and looking to close the gap, the Rumble worked the disc down the field. Seeing Mieser break for the end zone, New York handler Markian Kuzmowycz launched a backhand huck towards his young teammate. As the disc descended, Mieser leapt to meet it, bringing it down over his defender for the goal.
As Mieser reached the peak of his jump, Canetti captured him as he snatched the disc from the sky.