Photo by Bob Hume – Ultiphotos.com

While most fans my prefer their team to blow out the competition, it is hard to deny that a down-to-the-wire, edge-of-your-seat, absolute nail-biter may be the most exciting part of sports.  Ultimate is no different, and the MLU had their fair share of close games in 2016.

Jake Taylor (Boston Whitecaps #00). DC Current vs Boston Whitecaps. Cardinal Stadium, Washington, DC. Saturday, April 9, 2016.

Week 1 – Boston 17, D.C. 16: The Boston Whitecaps opened the season win a victory, narrowly defeating the Washington D.C. Current by a single goal. Boston needed 4 unanswered goals in the final 3:15 of play to upset the Current at home. (Photo by Kevin Leclaire – Ultiphotos.com)

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Seattle, WA: Seattle Rainmakers and Portland Stags in a regular season game for Major League Ultimate (MLU) at Rainier Beach High School. Sunday, April 17, 2016. © Brian Chu for UltiPhotos.com.

Week 2 – Portland 25, Seattle 22: The Portland Stags were able to maintain their dominance over the Western Conference with a comeback effort in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Rainmakers 6-3 in the final period. (Photo by Brian Chu – UltiPhotos.com)

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DC Current take on the New York Rumble Quinn Hunziker (New York Rumble #13) Saturday, April 23, 2016.  © 2016 Pete Guion for UltiPhotos. All rights reserved.

Week 3 – New York 21, Washington D.C. 19: The New York Rumble were able to tally their first win of the season, defeating the Washington D.C. Current with an impressive 10 goal (6 break) fourth quarter. (Photo by Pete Guion – UltiPhotos.com)

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Berkeley, CA: Marques Brownlee (New York Rumble #82) making the layout block on the throw intended for Daniel Naruo (San Francisco Dogfish #25) from the San Francisco Dogfish regular season game versus the New York Rumble on May 14, 2016 at Berkeley High School Yellow Jacket Stadium. © Rodney Chen for UltiPhotos.com.

Week 6 – New York 22, San Francisco 19: The New York Rumble were able to hang on and win despite a late surge of scoring from the San Francisco Dogfish in the league’s first ever Cross-Divisional matchup. (Photo by Rodney Chen – UltiPhotos.com)

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MEDFORD, MA: Shaun Doherty (Boston Whitecaps #12) plays SpaceX Falcon 9 Lander as he leaps backward into the endzone for a goal. Boston Whitecaps host the Philadelphia Spinners at Hormel Stadium on Saturday, May 14, 2016. © 2016 Brian Canniff for UltiPhotos. All rights reserved.

Week 6 – Boston 20, Philadelphia 19: The Philadelphia Spinners’ undefeated streak was brought to an end in Boston, as the Whitecaps outscored them 6-3 in the fourth quarter, before tallying the only goal of overtime to seal the deal. (Photo by Brian Canniff – Ultiphotos.com)

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Timmy Perston (Portland Stags #13) goes up for the disc against Christian Foster (Boston Whitecaps #11) during the Whitecaps-Stags game at Medford's Hormel Stadium on May 21st, 2016. The Whitecaps won, 22-21. © Paul Rutherford for UltiPhotos

Week 7 – Boston 22, Portland 21: For the second week in a row, the Boston Whitecaps knocked off a previously unbeaten, holding on to win this Cross Divisional game against the Western Conference’s Portland Stags. (Photo by Paul Rutherford – UltiPhotos.com)

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Erik Hunter (Vancouver Nighthawks #17) during a meeting of the home Vancouver Nighthawks and the San Francisco Dogfish of the MLU. May 21, 2016. ©2016 Jeff Bell Photo. All Rights Reserved.

Week 7 – Vancouver 21, San Francisco 20: The Vancouver Nighthawks were finally able to bring home their first victory of the season and avenge their opening weekend loss to the San Francisco Dogfish, finding the endzone twice in overtime for the win. (Photo by Jeff Bell – Ultiphotos.com)

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DC Current Assistant Coach Samantha McClellan. DC Current vs NY Rumble. Washington-Lee High School Memorial Stadium, Arlington, VA. Saturday, May 21, 2016.

Week 7: Washington D.C. 17, New York 16: The Washington D.C. Current defense was about to hold off another comeback attempt by the New York Rumble, depsite being outscored 6-1 in the fourth quarter (5 breaks). (Photo by Kevin Leclaire – Ultiphotos.com)

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Berkeley, CA: Gabe Saunkeah (San Francisco Dogfish #9) making the grab past Erik Hunter (Vancouver Nighthawks #17) from the San Francisco Dogfish regular season game versus the Vancouver Nighthawks on June 18, 2016 at Berkeley High School Yellow Jacket Stadium. © Rodney Chen for UltiPhotos.com.

Week 11 – San Francisco 19, Vancouver 18: The San Francisco Dogfish ended their season on a high note, as a last second goal gave them the victory over the visiting Vancouver Nighthawks. (Photo by Rodney Chen – Ultiphotos.com)

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Matt Glazer (Philadelphia Spinners #14) goes to the disc against Dominique Gibson (DC Current #42).  DC Current vs Philadelphia Spinners. Woodrow Wilson HS Stadium, Washington, DC. Saturday, June 18, 2016.

Week 11 – Philadelphia 19, Washington D.C. 18: The Philadelphia Spinners sent the tone for their championship run by ending the season with victory over the Washington D.C. Current, who carried the lead until there were just 14 seconds left on the clock. (Photo by Bob Hume – Ultiphotos.com)

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