He shares an interesting – but not surprising – connection with last year’s winner and with three other contenders for this year’s award – all were former Division 1 collegiate recruits of then-University of Maryland Terrapins head coach Dave Cottle, now skipper of the Chesapeake Bayhawks.
“This award means a lot to me,” said Snider. “We’re having an awesome season and the credit goes to my teammates, my supportive coaching staff and this wonderful organization. I couldn’t be happier.”
“Snider is the prototypical player in this League,” said 2013 MLL Brine Coach of the Year Jim Stagnitta, “He has such a diverse skill set and he will continue to get better. We’ve asked him to do several things this season especially in the last few games when we asked him to play a little more defense. We gave him a bigger role to play and are very pleased with his versatility and performance.”
With six of the 16 first-place votes and seven second-place votes, Snider edged out attackman and former Terps teammate Ryan Young of the Charlotte Hounds, who received four first-place and six third-place votes, as cast by the league’s coaches and general managers.
Hamilton Nationals attackman Kevin Cunningham was third, followed by Ben Rubeor (A, Chesapeake), Jeremy Thompson (M, Hamilton ), Chris Bocklet (A, Denver), ex-Terp Dan Burns (M, Chesapeake/Severna Park), Justin Pennington (M, Denver), Matt Mackrides (A, Chesapeake), Matt Danowski (A, Charlotte), Mike Manley (D, Rochester), Kevin Crowley (M, Hamilton), and former Terp Brett Schmidt (D, Charlotte).
Snider finished the regular-season seventh in the league in points (46) and sixth in goals (31).