Photo by Brian Chu – 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 new 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 are looking at one of the most impressive individual performances in MLU history as captured by Ultiphotos’ Brian Chu. In the Week 10 of the 2016 MLU Season, the San Francisco Dogfish travelled north to take on the Seattle Rainmakers for the third and final time that season. Seattle had already clinched the playoffs, and was thinking ahead to their date with the Portland Stags in the Western Conference Final. San Francisco on the other hand, was eliminated from the playoffs but looking to prove that they were a force to be respected in the conference.
Right out of the gate, this matchup did not seem like the previous two, both of which had been easily won by the Rainmakers. The Dogfish played some of their best ultimate of the season in the first half, outscoring the Rainmakers 7-5 in the first quarter, only to keep pouring on in the second, entering halftime up 15-9. With fans in shock, the Rainmakers used the break to fire themselves up, taking the field for the arguably the most dominant 3rd quarter in MLU history. Pulling to the Dogfish after the half, the Rainmakers refused to let their opponents score in the 3rd quarter, converting eight consecutive breaks to take the lead 17-15.
The primary driving force behind the Rainmakers’ comeback was the unbelievably play of Seattle’s Khalif El-Salaam, who tallied 4 goals and 4 assists in the 3rd quarter alone. Not pleased with himself yet, El-Salaam tallied two addition goals in the 4th quarter before capping the whole evening off with a leaping callahan, captured beautifully by Chu, as the game entered its final minutes, effectively putting the game out of reach for the Dogfish. (BOXSCORE – WATCH GAME)