Photo by Rodney Chen –

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 This week, we take a look at a highlight catch and assist, as captured by Rodney Chen.

The 2016 San Francisco Dogfish showed a ton of flash for a roster full of rookies behind a rookie head coach in Jason Seidler. In seemed like each and every week, a different rookie Dogfish player made a highlight play – and their Week 5 matchup against the Portland Stags was no exception. Late in the 3rd Quarter, with less than a minute on the clock, veteran Dogfish handler James Yeager fired an absolute fastball of a backhand towards the end zone. Yeager’s throw seemed to cruise over everyone on the field when rookie Thomas Watson, fresh off his first career point a few minutes earlier, launched himself straight up to snag the disc out of the sky. Quickly realizing he had landed short of the goal line, Watson found a wide open Thomas Lassetter for the score. 

Watson’s effort was captured perfectly by Chen. In a moment of pure athleticism and quick thinking, Watson showed the kind of skill we saw from Dogfish rookies all season long. While the Dogfish would lose the game (BOXSCOREWATCH GAME), they continued to appear in MLU Highlights throughout the season.


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