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.
Meeting for the first time in the history of both franchises, the New York Rumble travelled to the Bay Area during Week 6 of the 2016 MLU season to take on the San Francisco Dogfish. With both teams in the midst of a youth dominated movement, the opportunity for a mid-season meeting with a new opponent would be very telling about how far these teams had come.
Among the youngest members of the Rumble, 20-year old rookie Chris McGlynn, in just his second game with the team would play a significant role in the Rumble’s game plan. With just under five minutes to go in the first half, McGlynn showed just how valuable he could be to the Rumble offense.
When a San Francisco mid-field pull pinned New York deep in their own territory, the Rumble attempted to work the disc down the far sideline. Breaking downfield, McGlynn found himself the target of a
backhand huck that floated a bit, giving his defender an equal chance at it.
As the disc came in, McGlynn gained position on not only his mark, but another Dogfish defender who had broken from his own assignment to help. Splitting the two Dogfish, McGlynn snatched the disc from the air, and landing just outside the end zone found a wide open teammate for the score.