Snider sews up MVP honours

TY PILSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:09 AM ET

Geoff Snider figures sleep is highly overrated.

The Calgary native and Philadelphia Wings star saw little of his pillow during the 48 hours leading up to yesterday's National Lacrosse League all-star at Rexall Place, but he can rest easy tonight after his East Division team won 17-16 in overtime and he was named the MVP.

Snider scored three goals, added three helpers, won 30 of 35 faceoffs and collected 26 loose balls to edge out John Grant Jr. and goalie Gee Nash for the trophy presented to the game's most outstanding player.

Snider flew from Calgary to Philly Friday night to play with the Wings in a victory over the San Jose Stealth. He then caught a plane to Edmonton Saturday and took part in the skills competition that night before staying up late to enjoy the festivities with his fellow players.

You would have never guessed the level of his sleep deprivation by his performance yesterday.

He was strong at both ends of the floor and simply dominated in the faceoff circle.

"It's tough when you're travelling and playing in this league," said Snider, after visiting post-game with family and friends who were part of the Rexall Place crowd. "But that's just the way it is."

The former Calgary Canucks junior A player and University of Denver graduate -- where he played field lacrosse for the Pioneers -- was cheered at the end of the game when presented with the trophy despite the fact they again made mention of his hometown.

A strange situation, to be sure.

Snider smiled when asked about the significance of winning the honour in a game played in Alberta in the sport he's helping to put on the map in this province.

"It's great to play on home soil," said Snider.

"Alberta is a great province and they get behind their teams."

Heading into yesterday's tilt, Snider had won 157 of 217 faceoffs this season, grabbed 108 loose balls and racked up five goals, 20 assists and 60 penalty minutes.

Known for having one of the best all-around games in the NLL (as well as being one of the best fighters in the league), Snider credited the skills of his teammates for helping him post the numbers he did yesterday afternoon.

"Again, it's totally a reflection of those guys out there," said Snider.

"Everybody is out there working hard. Playing with the best players in the world ... those guys make you better just being out there with them."


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