Photo by Rodney Chen – 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 Rodney Chen.

The San Francisco Dogfish experienced a lot of roster turnover after the 2015 MLU Season, carrying a lot of rookies into 2016. One of the most impressive Dogfish rookies was Daniel Naruo, a 31-year old out of Las Positas College. Finishing second in goals scored on the team in 2016, Naruo showed that while he was new to the MLU, he brought a veteran’s touch to the roster.

One of Naruo’s most memorable goals came early in the Dogfish’s Week 9 matchup with the Seattle Rainmakers. On just the second point of the game, as the Dogfish looked to answer the Rainmaker’s goal on their own opening possession, fellow rookie Jason Edelman lofted a long and loopy backhand that came drifting down towards the Dogfish’s end zone. As Naruo settled under the descending disc, he jockeyed for position with Seattle’s Henry Phan. While both players initially made an early bid, Naruo adjusted to the slowly falling disc and grabbed it for the goal before Phan could react. Chen captured the moment perfectly.

While the Rainmakers would end up winning the game (BOXSCOREWATCH GAME), it was heads-up plays like this that made Naruo a finalist for Rookie of the Year in the Western Conference.

Berkeley, CA: Daniel Naruo (San Francisco Dogfish #25) making the catch marked by Henry Phan (Seattle Rainmakers #7) from the San Francisco Dogfish regular season game versus the Seattle Rainmakers on June 4, 2016 at Berkeley High School Yellow Jacket Stadium. © Rodney Chen for UltiPhotos.com.

Berkeley, CA: Daniel Naruo (San Francisco Dogfish #25) making the catch marked by Henry Phan (Seattle Rainmakers #7) from the San Francisco Dogfish regular season game versus the Seattle Rainmakers on June 4, 2016 at Berkeley High School Yellow Jacket Stadium. © Rodney Chen for UltiPhotos.com.

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