Kevin Snyder doesn’t have too much spare time to work on his lacrosse skills in the offseason.
After all, the freshman at Commack High School (N.Y.) also plays football and basketball.
But at a young age, he said he knew lacrosse was the sport for him, and it’s the sport he will play at the next level.
The faceoff specialist became the University of Maryland’s first tristate Class of 2017 commit when he verballed to the Terrapins, a decision reported last month by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
The 5-foot-11, 170-pound righty plays travel lacrosse for True Blue.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Kevin on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
I was looking for a school with a strong lacrosse tradition and a school with good academics. I also have a lot of family living in Maryland. When I stepped onto the University of Maryland campus, I knew it was the right choice for me.
What others schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
Duke, Georgetown, Hofstra, Towson and Providence.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My strength in lacrosse is facing off. I am also able to play both offensively and defensively.
My style of play is a quick dodge which falls into either a pass or a shot. I also possess the ability to produce a fast break off the faceoff.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I need to continually enhance everything about my game. This includes improving my dodging, shooting, quickness, and keeping my head up. Additionally, I need to increase my physical ability by working out and eating healthy.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse?
I first started playing lacrosse in the second grade because my family and I thought it would be a good sport for me. I didn’t know a lot about lacrosse because neither of my parents played. Once I stepped onto the field, I knew it was the sport for me.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I play for True Blue and I plan to participate in Jake Reed’s Blue Chip, Maverick Showtime and Hotbeds this summer.
Any final thoughts?
I would like to thank my Commack High School coaches, Coach Montana and Coach Bryan, True Blue Coach Catalanotti, and my face-off trainer, Matt Schomburg for all of their lacrosse insight.
I would also like to thank my dad (Adam Snyder) for always pushing me and encouraging me to do better. Another big thank you to my mom (Kim Snyder) and my sister, Emily, for their constant support and encouragement.
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