Denver Outlaws midfielder Drew Snider (Maryland) was named Major League Lacrosse's Most Improved Player, the league announced Thursday.
Snider earned six first-place votes from the league's coaches and general managers, two more than fellow former Terp Ryan Young of the Charlotte Hounds, who tallied four. The Chesapeake Bayhawks' Ben Rubeor (Loyola High) and the Hamilton Nationals' Kevin Cunningham and Jeremy Thompson each received a pair of first-place votes.
A second-year midfielder, Snider made a strong case for Most Improved Player -- not because he performed poorly in his rookie season, but because he has played outstanding lacrosse in 2013 for the Outlaws, who are 14-0 and became the first team in MLL history to go undefeated in the regular season.
Snider has 31 goals and 46 points this season. In 2012, Snider played in 10 games, recording 12 points on 11 goals and an assist. Snider's .344 shooting percentage is among the highest of the top 25 leading scorers, and he's 11th in the league in shots on goal (54).
"Snider is the prototypical player in this league," said Denver's Jim Stagnitta, the league's Coach of the Year. "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."