The Washington Stealth announced today the team has re-signed third year defenseman Bob Snider through the 2013 season. Snider emerged last season as one of the National Lacrosse League’s premiere face-off artists and was instrumental in the Stealth’s run to a second straight Western Division title.
Snider, 26, finished the 2011 regular season winning a league-best 71% of his face-offs in eleven games. Along with his dominance in the face-off circle, the Calgary native finished tenth in the NLL and third on the Stealth with 102 loose balls. He also added a goal and three assists. He led all postseason performers with 35 face-off wins in 65 attempts and finished third with 23 loose balls.
“Bob stepped in right away and did a fantastic job for us last year,” said Stealth Head Coach Chris Hall. “He fit in really well with the team and was a big part of our success. He exceeded our expectations and really proved that he’s one of the best draw men in the game.”
Snider was acquired by the Stealth prior to the 2011 season in a trade with the Philadelphia Wings. The Bellermine University alum was originally drafted by the Wings in the second round (16th overall) of the 2009 NLL Entry Draft. In his rookie season, Snider appeared in ten games and recorded four assists and 40 loose balls. He won 15 of the 28 face-offs he attempted.
Snider and the rest of the Stealth begin training camp in December as the team prepares for the 2012 season, which starts in January.