Photo by Brandon Wu – Ultiphotos.com

Offense is exciting, but defense wins games. Goals and assists put points on the board, but nothing affects the pace of competition like a momentum killing block. Here are some of our favorites:

MEDFORD, MA, PA: Charles McCutcheon (Philadelphia Spinners #1) gets the block at the Major League Ultimate (MLU) game between the Boston Whitecaps and the Philadelphia Spinners on Saturday, July 18, 2015.

“Charlie McCutcheon gets the block!” (Photo by Brian Canniff – Ultiphotos.com)

NEWTOWN SQUARE, PA: Matt Esser (Philadelphia Spinners #11) with a taco block at the Major League Ultimate (MLU) game between the DC Current and the Philadelphia Spinners on Saturday, June 6, 2015.

“Matt Esser goes up and gets it!” (Photo by Brian Canniff – Ultiphotos.com)

Action from the Boston Whitecaps–Philadelphia Spinners game on May 16, 2015, at Hormel Stadium in Medford. The Spinners defeated the Whitecaps 22-21 in double OT. ©Bob Durling/UltiPhotos

“Even MVPs get blocked from time to time…” (Photo by Bob Durling – Ultiphotos.com)

Berkeley, CA: Andrew Hooker (San Francisco Dogfish #14) forcing the disc out of the hands of Andrew Halpin (Portland Stags #35) during the Major League Ultimate (MLU) regular season game between the San Francisco Dogfish and the Portland Stags.  April 26, 2015 © Rodney Chen for UltiPhotos.com.

“Andrew Halpin of the Stags really seems to have his day ruined by this Andrew Hooker block.” (Photo by Rodney Chen – Ultiphotos.com)

WASHINGTON, DC: Jake Rainwater (Philadelphia Spinners #27) gets a D in a Major League Ultimate game between the Philadelphia Spinners and the DC Current. May 14, 2015. © Brandon Wu / for UltiPhotos.

“Jake Rainwater shows his full range to get this disc!” (Photo by Brandon Wu – Ultiphotos.com)

Berkeley, CA: Raphael Hayes (Portland Stags #17) leaps in front of the disc intended for Gabe Saunkeah (San Francisco Dogfish #9) during the Major League Ultimate (MLU) regular season game between the San Francisco Dogfish and the Portland Stags.  May 24, 2015 © Rodney Chen for UltiPhotos.com.

“Raphael Hayes and Gabe Saunkeah both go horizontal, but only one can get to the disc.” (Photo by Rodney Chen – Ultiphotos.com)

MEDFORD, MA, PA: Boston gets the footblock on David Baer (Philadelphia Spinners #20) at the Major League Ultimate (MLU) game between the Boston Whitecaps and the Philadelphia Spinners on Saturday, July 18, 2015.

“Josh Markette uses his head AND his feet to get the block.” (Photo by Brian Canniff – Ultiphotos.com)

Terry Roth with the block for the Whitecaps. Action from the Major League Ultimate game between the Boston Whitecaps and the NY Rumble. The Whitecaps defeated the Rumble 25-12 to lock up a playoff spot. Hormel Field, Medford, MA. © Marshall Goff, 2015, for UltiPhotos.

“Poor Charlie Patten never saw Terry Roth coming.” (Photo by Brian Canniff – Ultiphotos.com)

Eli Friedman (Portland Stags #7) with the defensive block that cinches the win in the last minutes. 2015 MLU Portland Stags win against the Seattle Rainmakers in the last home game of the regular season at Hillsboro Stadium in OR.

“Eli Friedman saves the game with this layout block, and with his eyes closed no less!” (Photo by Scobel Wiggins – Ultiphotos.com)

Boston's Piers McNaughton makes the layout D at the Boston Whitecaps-NY Rumble game. The Whitecaps defeated the Rumble, 20-13, on April 25 at Medford's Hormel Stadium.

“Piers MacNaughton goes all out to prevent the Rumble from gaining possession of the disc.” (Photo by Bob Durling – Ultiphotos.com)

Jamaica, NY: The DC Current defeated the New York Rumble 23 - 11 on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at Belson Stadium  © Jason Honyotski/Ultiphotos

“Sometimes you need to get that full extension to get the block” (Photo by Jason Honyotski – Ultiphotos.com)

Tyler Cable (Portland Stags #1) v Ian Ranahan (San Francisco Dogfish #1)2015 MLU Portland Stags host the San Francisco Dogfish at Hillsboro Stadium in Portland OR.

“Ian Ranahan gets his hand in there to block Tyler Cable” (Photo by Scobel Wiggins – Ultiphotos.com)

Matthew Neeley (Seattle Rainmakers #18) v Tyler Cable (Portland Stags #1) 2015 MLU Portland Stags win against the Seattle Rainmakers in the last home game of the regular season at Hillsboro Stadium in OR.

“Matt Neeley dives past Cable for the snag!” (Photo by Scobel Wiggins – Ultiphotos.com)

Riley Meinershagen (Portland Stags #12) v Gabe Saunkeah (San Francisco Dogfish #9) 2015 MLU Portland Stags host the San Francisco Dogfish at Hillsboro Stadium in Portland OR.

“Gabe Saunkeah shows that sometimes you need to use all that you’ve got to get the block, even your feet.” (Photo by Scobel Wiggins – Ultiphotos.com)

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