Photo by Scott Houghtaling Canetti –

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 Scott Houghtaling.

The Seattle Rainmakers came into the 2016 MLU season looking to repeat as Western Conference Champions. As the the season wore on, the team got better and better, as rookie Head Coaches Kate Kingery and Fiona McKibben led their team to the second best finish in franchise history.

During their Week 7 matchup against the San Francisco Dogfish, the Rainmakers came out firing, showing their opponents and fans that the team was poised for a playoff run. Starting the game with their D-line on the field, the Rainmakers quickly forced a turn, getting possession of the disc.

As Seattle swung the disc towards mid-field, veteran Rainmaker Cam Bailey found teammate Evan Klein streaking towards the end zone, several strides ahead of multiple Dogfish defenders. Bailey, knowing Klein’s abilities, launched a flick towards the goal line.

As Bailey’s throw descended, Klein read the disc perfectly, splitting two defenders and making the grab for the first goal of the game. Just as Klein made the catch, Houghtaling snapped his shot.

The Rainmakers would go on to win the game and eventually advance all the way to the Western Conference Final. (BOXSCOREWATCH GAME). 

Renton, WA: The Seattle Rainmakers and San Francisco Dogfish competed in a regular season game for Major League Ultimate (MLU) at Renton Memorial Stadium on Sunday May 22, 2016 © Scott Houghtaling for Ultiphotos.

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