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 Philadelphia Spinners had committed themselves to making the 2016 MLU Championship, and knew full well that the biggest obstacle in their way was the Boston Whitecaps. The winningest franchise in the history of the league, the Whitecaps had bounced the Spinners from the playoffs in 2015, a loss that few in Philadelphia could forget. When the Whitecaps came to Philadelphia for the 2016 Eastern Conference Finals, the Spinners were determined to not let history repeat itself.
In the 1st quarter, the two top scoring offenses in the East matched each other,
with both O-lines registering 4 goals apiece. What would eventually prove the difference in this matchup was the Spinner’s D-line. In the opening quarter alone, the Spinners converted four breaks, including one on a beautiful give-and-go by Charlie McCutcheon.
After a Boston turnover, McCutcheon found himself with the disc about mid-field. After dumping the disc off to teammate Matt Esser, McCutcheon took a few steps before breaking for the endzone at a sprint. Esser, seeing McCutcheon streak for the goal line, sent a floaty backhand towards him.
As McCutcheon reached the disc ahead of multiple Whitecaps, Canetti snapped a shot of the Philadelphia score.