Photo by John King – 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 John King.
The San Francisco Dogfish signed several impressive rookies to their roster for the 2016 season, but perhaps none was as dynamic on the field as Devon Ray Williams. A defensive powerhouse, Williams established himself early in his career as a player that could be a nuisance to even the best offenses. Williams would face the toughest test of his young career in Week 3 as the Dogfish faced the Portland Stags on the road.
The Stags potent O-line boasted some of the best players in the league, including MLU’s all-time leading goal scorer – Cody Bjorklund.
Late in the third quarter, as the Stags looked to build on their lead, Portland rookie Brandon Lafferty fired off a cross-field backhand towards Bjorklund, looking to add yet another goal to the veteran’s resume. What Lafferty didn’t see was a streaking Williams, who sped towards Bjorklund, diving just in time to swat the disc away.
As Williams denied Bjorklund the score, King snapped his shot.
The Stags would go on to win the game (BOXSCORE – WATCH GAME), but amazing plays like that block earned Williams recognition as a finalist for both Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in the Western Conference.