Photo by John King – 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 John King.
Most big catches in ultimate come down to two things: positioning and timing. Being in the right place at the right time allows a receiver to make the big catch. As a cutter, having the ability to put yourself in the right position and time your move right allows teammates to trust that when they throw the disc, you’ll go up and get it.
That is just what Thomas Pineda did when the San Francisco Dogfish visited the Portland Stags in Week 3 of the 2016 Season. Late in the 4th quarter, with the Stags holding a comfortable lead, the Dogfish looked to score quickly. Having forced a turn, the Dogfish worked the disc up to James Yeager about 20 yards from the goal line. As Yeager surveyed the defense, Pineda made his move, shaking his mark with a quick step to the outside before cutting back in and splitting a number of defenders.
With Pineda making some space, Yeager trusted his teammate, loafing a floaty flick towards the end zone. Perfectly in position, the veteran Pineda leapt at just the right moment, snagging the disc as and bringing it down for the score.
As Pineda reacted the apex of his jump, amid the several Stags defenders, King took his picture.