Denver's Drew Snider Named MLL's Most Improved Player

DENVER Midfielder Drew Snider has been named the Warrior MLL Most Improved Player of the Year based on votes from the MLL's coaches and general managers, the league announced on Thursday.

"This award means a lot to me," said Snider. "We're having a great season thus far and the credit goes to my teammates, my supportive coaching staff and this wonderful organization. I couldn't be happier."

Snider improved his point output from 12 points in 2012 to 46 points in 2013. That 34-point increase represented the second-highest improvement in that category among all MLL players, behind his teammate Chris Bocklet (+35). The next closest was Ryan Young at +22. Snider's goal output went from 10 to 31. That 21-goal increase was also the second-most in the league behind Bocket's +25.

"Snider is the prototypical player in this League," Outlaws coach Jim Stagnitta said. "He has such a diverse skill set and he will continue to get better. We've asked him to do several things this season especially in the last few games when we asked him to play a little more defense. We gave him a bigger role to play and are very pleased with his versatility and performance."

Snider emerged as a key contributor who rarely left the field for the Outlaws on the club's way to a perfect 14-0 season. He contributed on both ends of the field, adding 30 ground balls to his 46-point total, which ranked seventh in Major League Lacrosse this year. Snider's 30 ground balls ranked sixth among midfielders this season. His 31 goals ranked third and his 48 points ranked fourth among his position.

Snider's award marks the second straight year an Outlaw has earned MLL Most Improved Player of the Year. Last Season, Jeremy Sieverts became the first Outlaws player to earn the accolade. Snider's award is the second year-end honor earned by the team this season, joining Stagnitta's Coach of the Year Award. It marks the eighth year-end honor in club history.

As the league's top playoff seed, the Outlaws will play in the MLL semifinals against the Charlotte Hounds at 1:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, Aug. 24 at PPL Park in Philadelphia. That game will be broadcast live on ESPN2.

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