Drew Snider Announces Retirement After 10-Year Career
"After 10 professional years of playing lacrosse, I've decided to hang my cleats up and start my next chapter," said Waterdogs LC captain Drew Snider. "I've been blessed to play on the best teams in the world with the best players and coaches in the world. I'm walking away with so much gratitude and love for every person who has supported me along the way."
A four-time champion ('14 Denver Outlaws, '16 Outlaws, '18 Outlaws, '19 Whipsnakes LC), Snider retires with 199 career goals (22nd all-time) -- including the game-winning goal in the 2014 MLL Championship.
"People who know Drew will tell you - he's the best locker room guy in the world," said Waterdogs LC head coach Andy Copelan. "He's so steady and measured and competitive and he's a winner. He's a great connector of people. He's a genuine, authentic guy."
"He's one of those guys who was a good college player and became a great professional, because he just continued to get better and better and better," said Whipsnakes LC head coach Jim Stagnitta, who brought Snider to Denver, giving him a chance to become the 2013 MLL Most Improved Player. "He came in that year and he was a short-stick d-middie. He played the wings on faceoffs. He could transition from defense to offense as well as anyone in the league. Each year in Denver his role continued to evolve."
Snider and Stagnitta reconnected with the Whipsnakes in 2019. Snider -- who coached in at O'Dea High School in Seattle -- drew up a flip play in practice the week leading up to the 2019 PLL Championship.
"We were kind of running away from the Redwoods in that first half," recalls Stagnitta. "We came out of a timeout, and I said, 'Hey, do you wanna run the play?' and Drew said, 'Hang onto the play - we might need it later.' We held onto the play - thank God."
With 0:30 remaining, they used the play -- and Snider flipped to Matt Rambo for the game-tying goal. The rest is history.
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