Photo by Brian Canniff – 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 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 a moment captured by Brian Canniff.
Several members of the Philadelphia Spinners had impressive seasons in 2016, leading to the team’s first championship title in franchise history. Among those Spinners to have an impressive year in 2016 was 4th-year veteran cutter Matt Glazer. Glazer, one of only two players in MLU history to score at least 15 goals in four straight seasons, found the end zone more than any other Spinner for the 2nd year running.
One of his most memorable goals from the 2016 season occurred in the waning seconds of Philadelphia’s Week 2 matchup one the road against the Washington D.C. Current. While the Spinners lead for most of the game, the Current were looking to close the gap late. After forcing a turn, Philadelphia looked to run the clock down and secure the win. The disc found its way to Himalaya Mehta, who tossed a a quick backhand towards the goal line. As Glazer caught up to Mehta’s throw, steadily leaving his defender in his dust, the veteran cutter allowed the disc to gently bounce off his cheek, not catching it until he had crossed into the end zone.
Just as the disc was about to make contact with Glazer, Canniff snapped his shot.