For the Love of the Game: Profile on MC Alum Dylan Snyder

Addy Trombley '18, Writer

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Dylan Snyder’s passion for lacrosse started when he joined Marin Catholic’s JV team, as an attack, with  his friends from the freshman football team. During junior year, the Varsity team lost its first nine games and Dylan broke his thumb, but after Spring Break the team came back strong and won ten straight games and an MCAL championship. During his senior year, the team went on to win its first ever NCS championship. Dylan graduated from MC in 2011 as an accomplished and respected lacrosse player.

Dylan went on to play in the MCLA for Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA, as a midfielder. During his junior year, the team dedicated the season to his mother, Claire, who was battling breast cancer. He was the team captain during his senior year.

After college he started with TeamGLEAS, a program that  “allows you to study abroad, play your sport, and see the world”. Soon, Dylan was off to the University of Nottingham, England to play for the the varsity team, as defense, and be head coach for the freshman and JV teams. Dylan coached the JV team to the strongest-ever finish in English lacrosse history and the varsity team made it to the national championship game against archrival Durham.

A year later, the European Lacrosse Championships were being held in Hungary and Dylan was eligible to play for France through his mother’s heritage. He soon boarded a plane to Budapest with a team that was low on players, but made up for it with enthusiasm and passion. Dylan was asked to carry the flag and played every position, except for goalie. With Dylan as the team captain, France won their last game against Slovenia.

Dylan will be an assistant coach at Dominican University this year and hopes to play for France in the FIL World Championships in Manchester, England along with fellow Marin Catholic alum and brother John Snyder ‘14, who is currently playing for Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, and Nick Cherbero ‘11, who played for Boise State. He is also working with several teams in Europe to try to grow the game globally, so that he can give people the same opportunities that were given to him through the sport that he cares for so deeply.  In the future, Dylan hopes to become a college head coach and to continue to play as long as he can.

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