March 4, 2011
Riggers' Snider out
By WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency
Geoff Snider earned a reputation as one of the toughest customers to ever wear a Philadelphia Wings uniform.
Ironically, an injury will prevent the Calgary Roughnecks’ faceoff ace and feared fighter from suiting up for his first tussle against his former squad.
While his Riggers teammates boarded a flight to Philly for Saturday’s National Lacrosse League clash with the Wings, Snider stayed home to recover from a lower-body ailment.
“It was something that I’d been looking forward to all year,” Snider said.
“Obviously, you get traded away from a team and there’s nothing more motivating to an athlete than to go in and play against a team that didn’t want you anymore.
“Whether or not they wanted me or they couldn’t afford me or they didn’t want me around or whatever it was, it was going to be very motivating on my part to go in there and go stick it to Philly.”
He’ll have to wait.
In four campaigns with the Wings before being traded to the Riggers in the off-season, the only injury that sidelined the born-and-bred Calgarian was a fractured windpipe.
He’s not saying much about his current aches — he even told some close friends and former teammates that he’d see them Saturday — but Snider also skipped last week’s all-star game and couldn’t get medical clearance to return for the one-game road trip.
His absence is bad news for the West Division-leading Roughnecks.
The 28-year-old leads the NLL with a 64.9% success rate at the faceoff dot and has also contributed five goals and two assists and scooped up a team-leading 89 loose balls in eight outings.
Nolan Heavenor will staff the faceoff circle for the Riggers in Saturday’s contest. As for Snider, he has bigger things in mind than just revenge against the Wings.
“I’m here to win a championship and I think I’ve made that really, really clear,” Snider said.
— Wes Gilbertson