Photo by Scobel Wiggins – UltiPhotos.com
Major League Ultimate has announced that Mark Burton of the Seattle Rainmakers has won the Scoring Title for the 2015 MLU season.
Burton scored 63 points on 34 goals and 29 assists during the Rainmakers 10-game season. The 29-year-old offensive cutter anchored the Seattle offensive line with a 91.4 percent completion rate on his way to the scoring title and was only one goal short of tying Brendan Wong’s record from last season.
Burton finished eight goals ahead of Morgan Hibbert of the Vancouver Nighthawks (55: 21 G and 34 A), 12 points ahead of Cody Bjorklund of the Portland Stags (51: 18 P and 33 A), 13 points ahead of Timmy Perston of the Portland Stags (50: 37 G and 13 A) and 20 points ahead of Brendan Wong of the Vancouver Nighthawks (43: 28 G and 15 A).
After signing a two-year contract with the Rainmakers, one of the first in league history, Burton reignited the young Seattle team and led them to a 5-5 record, enough for a playoff berth against the Portland Stags. Facing the 9-1 Stags, the Rainmakers were the underdogs going into the Western Conference Finals.
“I will have to admit and everybody knows that we are the underdog in this game and personally I love that. We love that,” said Burton before the match. “There is no pressure for us. They are home, they won the Western Conference regular season, they won our head to heads, but that doesn’t matter to us. What matters is how we play together as a team. Seattle style frisbee.”
Seattle did in fact pull together to shock the league with a 17-16 win over the Stags in downtown Portland. Burton contributed three goals and three assists for the Rainmakers.
Quickly becoming a Pacific Northwest legend thanks to his spirited play and work in the ultimate community, Burton rejoined the Rainmakers this season after his rookie year with Seattle in 2013 and then a year with the Stags in 2014.
Burton has the opportunity to bring the first ever MLU Championship to the West Coast if the Rainmakers can defeat the Boston Whitecaps at Philadelphia’s PPL Park on August 8.