Photo by Bob Durling – 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 Bob Durling.
The Philadelphia Spinners entered the 2016 MLU Season with one goal in mind – a championship title. Having made the playoffs for the first time in 2015, only to fall to the eventual champions, the Boston Whitecaps. With the Whitecaps yet again the team to beat in the Eastern Conference, the Spinners knew that each time they face Boston would be a battle.
While the Spinners had dominated the Whitecaps at home over the past several seasons, they had struggled to win in Boston, losing there twice late in 2015. When the Spinners travelled to Boston’s Medford Stadium in Week 6, they looked to change the recent trends and hand Boston their first home loss of the year.
Perhaps nobody was aware of how important each chance to beat the Whitecaps was more than the Spinners veterans. Early scoring by veterans David Brandolph, Matt Glazer, Nick Hirannet, Michael Panna and Dave Baer gave the Spinners an early lead. By the early 3rd quarter, the Spinners held a single goal lead, and were looking to add to it quickly.
With the disc right at mid-field, Brandolph faked a backhanded, only to fire a flick huck towards the speedy Hirannet who had broken towards the end zone at a full sprint. As the disc began to descend, Hirannet’s defender seemed to position himself for the block, when Glazer, breaking along the goal line leapt in front and snagged the disc out of the air for the score.
As Glazer elevated for the catch, Durling snapped his shot, capturing the whole scene. While the Whitecaps would come back to win in overtime (BOXSCORE – WATCH GAME), the Spinners would face them two more times in 2016, winning both on their way to the MLU Championship.