Photo by Brian Cannif – 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 Brian Canniff.
Over the past several seasons, the Boston Whitecaps and Philadelphia Spinners have developed a heated rivalry, with each exciting matchup producing highlight after highlight. Their 2016 series was no exception as the undefeated Spinners travelled north to Boston in Week 6, with the Whitecaps eager to avenge their Week 1 loss in Philadelphia.
Down three goals early in the fourth quarter, the Whitecaps were in need of a serious offensive push to defend their home turf and stay undefeated at Hormel Stadium. After forcing an early turn, Boston quickly worked the disc downfield, looking to capitalize on the opportunity before the Spinners could react. Taking advantage of a confused Philadelphia defense, Boston’s Terry Roth found a wide open Shaun Doherty cutting towards the end zone. As Roth’s pass quickly found its target, the veteran Doherty realized he had not yet crossed the goal line and threw his feet backwards, touching down beyond the pylons for the goal.
As Doherty snagged the disc, simultaneously throwing his body into the end zone, Canniff snapped his shot, perfectly capturing the toe-touching score.
The Whitecaps, led by Doherty’s four goals, would end up forcing a tie by the end of regulation and winning the game in overtime (BOXSCORE – WATCH GAME), handing the Spinners their first loss of the season.