O’Dea lacrosse All-American Drew Snider finalist for Seattle Sports Star of the Year

SEATTLE – Drew Snider, a two-time US Lacrosse High School All-American from Seattle’s O’Dea High School and former University of Maryland standout, has been named a nominee for the MTR Western Sports Star of the Year.

Former Univ. of Maryland standout and O’Dea High School lacrosse All-American Drew Snider was named a finalist for 2013 MTR Western Sports Star of the Year. Photo Courtesy: Greg Fiume / Univ. of Maryland

Snider is a nominee for Male Sports Star of the Year. One winner in each of the four categories (Professional Sports Star, Male Sports Star, Female Sports Star and Sports Story of the Year) will be selected by an online public vote. Voting takes place from Monday, Dec. 3 – Friday, Jan. 18 at www.sportsstaroftheyear.org. The public may cast one vote per day.

Snider, who is widely considered the greatest all-time prep lacrosse player to come out of Washington state, is the first former high school lacrosse player to be named a finalist in the category. He was selected after guiding Maryland to appearances in the NCAA Men’s Division I title game in 2011 and 2012. The 2012 Terrapin team captain was named to the NCAA All-Tournament team in 2012.

Snider is currently in training camp with the National Lacrosse League Washington Stealth. He played professionally this spring for the Major League Lacrosse Denver Outlaws after being drafted 45th in the 2012 MLL entry draft by Chesapeake.

In Washington state, Snider led his prep team (Garfield High School in Seattle as O’Dea did not offer lacrosse at the time) in scoring all four years contributing to a combined 44-18 record. He was named a US Lacrosse All-American following his junior and senior years and to All-State honors all four years. As a senior, he was named the 2006 Washington Lacrosse Player of the Year after scoring 60 goals and 18 assists, contributing to 78 points.

In the Male Sports Star category, Snider joins three-time Olympic gold-medal swimmer Nathan Adrian, of Bremerton, University of Washington golfer Chis Williams and two football players, UW tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and former Bellevue High School and Stanford guard now playing in the NFL, David DeCastro.

The 78th Annual MTR Western Sports Star of the Year is the Northwest’s premier celebration of Washington sports. Every January, this event honors the athletes, coaches, media figures, sports executives, and stories in or from Washington state for their achievements during the previous year. 

Since its creation in 1936, there have been nearly 100 Sports Stars honored at this event. Once an individual has been named a Sports Star, they become part of an elite ensemble, grouped with some of the most notable sports icons in our region’s history.

Nominees are selected by the Sports Star Committee, which is compiled of local sports historians, media and others active in the sports industry. Fans can vote for their favorite nominee in the Professional, Male, Female and Sports Story of the Year categories online at www.sportsstaroftheyear.org.

The public is encouraged to vote beginning Monday, December 3, 2012 at 2 p.m. PST through Friday, January 18, 2013 at 5 p.m. PST. Winners will be announced during the event on Friday, January 25, 2013 at Benaroya Hall in Seattle.

Nominees for Professional Sports Star of the Year:
• Alex Morgan (Sounders Women FC)
• Marshawn Lynch (Seattle Seahawks)
• Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders FC)
• Kasey Kahne (NASCAR)
• Ryan Villopoto (Supercross)

Nominees for the Male Sports Star of the Year:
• Nathan Adrian (USA Swimming)
• Austin Seferian-Jenkins (University of Washington Football)
• Chris Williams (University of Washington Golf)
• Drew Snider (University of Maryland Lacrosse)
• David DeCastro (Stanford University Football)

Nominees for the Female Sports Star of the Year:
• Mary Whipple (USA Rowing)
• Ariana Kukors (USA Swimming)
• Katie Flood (University of Washington Cross Country and Track)
• Marti Malloy (USA Judo)
• Jennie Reed (USA Cycling)

Nominees for the Sports Story of the Year:
• The Mariners’ Felix Hernandez throws perfect game.
• The University of Washington Men’s Rowing completes unbeaten season and sweeps the IRA Championships.
• Montesano High football goes from fire to state title.
• Bellevue High Football wins 10th State Championship.
• The Western Washington University Basketball team wins the Division II national championship.

Tickets to the show can be purchased at the Benaroya Hall Box Office, at www.benaroyahall.org, or by calling 206-215-4747. Premium tickets are $100, reserved are $80 and include access to the show and the VIP reception. Show-only tickets can be purchased for $35.

To learn more about the MTR Western Sports Star of the Year, visit www.sportsstaroftheyear.org.

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