Hounds faceoff specialist Geoff Snider will represent Team Canada at his third straight FIL World Championships, as the Canadian Lacrosse Association last week announced the 24 players selected to the Canadian Men’s National Field Team for the July 10-19 tournament in Denver, Colorado. Team Canada, coached by Randy Mearns, originally invited 51 players to its training camp in September.
A native of Calgary, Alberta, Snider represented Team Canada in both the 2006 and 2010 World Championships. Snider in his first year with the national team earned a Gold Medal, as Team Canada beat Team USA 15-10 in the Championship game. Following the 2006 tournament, Snider was awarded MVP honors and was named to the All-World team. But he had to settle for a Silver Medal in 2010, after Team Canada fell to the U.S., 12-10, in the title game. Now he will get another shot at the Gold.
Snider was drafted by the Outlaws in the second round (17th overall) of the 2006 MLL Collegiate Draft, and in 70 career games (including the postseason) he has averaged 51.4% (977-1901) at the faceoff X. Snider in eight MLL seasons has amassed 42 goal, 26 assists and 420 groundballs. He played his first four seasons with Outlaws, was traded to the Nationals in ’09 where he spent three years before the Hounds acquired his rights in ’12.
The veteran FOGO was a key piece behind the Hounds’ late-season surge into the postseason last year. He then went 17-25 at the X in the first semifinal game against the previously unbeaten Outlaws to give the Hounds an opportunity to play for the MLL title. Despite going 15-20 on draws in the championship game, Snider and the Hounds came up short against the Bayhawks.
Snider also has been a dominating force in the NLL, posting a 72.8 faceoff win percentage (1558-2140) in 129 career games over nine years. During that time he added 115 goals, 154 assists and 1,838 groundballs.
Now that the 2014 NLL season is coming to a close, the Hounds (1-2) look forward to getting Snider back in action alongside
Tim Fallon. The Hounds’ next game is Saturday, May 17 against the Cannons at Harvard Stadium in Boston.