Photo by Natalie Bigman-Pimentel – 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 Natalie Bigman-Pimentel.
While the San Francisco Dogfish were not able to secure a spot in the MLU postseason, the team showed some serious flashes of talent during the 2016 season. At times the Dogfish O-line looked like one of the best in league, quickly moving the disc downfield and into the end zone.
In the fourth quarter of their Week 9 matchup with the Seattle Rainmakers, one of the best defenses in the league, the Dogfish showed just how effective they can be. After a Rainmakers turnover deep in Dogfish territory, the disc found its way to San Francisco veteran Taylor Cascino. Cascino, looking to take advantage of the momentum shift, moved the disc up to David Janinis along the near sideline, who made a terrific catch before finding teammate Daniel Naruo further downfield.
Naruo, a talented rookie, seeing the team’s most potent offensive weapon, Gabe Saunkeah, streaking for the end zone, unleashed a huge backhand that cruised across the goal line. Settling under the disc, the veteran Saunkeah leapt over his defender and brought the disc in for the score.
As Saunkeah skied his defender, Bigman-Pimnetel snapped her photo.
The entire offensive series took less than 15 seconds and saw the Dogfish easily score against a team that represented the Western Conference in the previous MLU Championship. While the Rainmakers would hold on to win (BOXSCORE – WATCH GAME), the Dogfish showed just how dangerous their offense can be.