Photo by Scott Houghtaling – 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 Scott Houghtaling.
There are few plays in ultimate more exciting than a quick break. When a team goes from being on defense to scoring in just a matter of a seconds it can signal a total momentum shift. One of the quickest breaks for the Seattle Rainmakers occurred early in their Week 4 matchup with the Vancouver Nighthawks. On just the 3rd point of the game, with the game even at 1-1, the Nighthawks started with the disc backed up all the way at their own goal line.
A strong mark caused a risky throw, which was jumped by Rainmaker Steve Gussin. Swatting the disc out of the air, Gussin completed the catch-block and ran a short give-and-go with teammate Eddie Feeley, before finding veteran Rainmaker Danny Trytiak in the end zone for the goal. The whole play took less than 10 seconds.
As Trytiak caught the disc, making sure his feet were beyond the goal line, Houghtaling snapped his shot.