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“I can’t wait to watch the two best guys in the world going head to head,” said Towers, who also has worked with Snider. “It’s the pinnacle of the sport, and they’ve earned this opportunity.” While some portray Eck and Snider as polar opposites in terms of personality, Towers said there are more similarities than people think. Snider’s aptitude for fighting stems from playing box lacrosse in Calgary. But his down-to-earth nature off the field and intelligence on it often go


underreported. Eck played a different style of lacrosse as a kid, but his toughness and durability should not be discounted. Both have “unparalleled” mental toughness, Towers said, and nearly identical techniques despite utilizing different grips (motorcycle for Snider; over-under for Eck). And while Snider may be regarded as the stronger of the two, “strength doesn’t really have anything to do with it,” Towers said. “It’s hand speed and technique. If you have those things


ECK VS. SNIDER


It won’t take long to ratchet up the intensity of the 2014 FIL World Championship. The U.S. and Canada will play on the first day, July 10, following opening ceremonies at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. Team USA faceoff man Chris Eck’s presumptive foe, Geoff Snider, has a following in the area, having played at the University of Denver and for the Denver Outlaws. Eck has spent his entire Major League Lacrosse with the Boston Cannons, while Snider has played for the Outlaws, the Toronto/Hamilton Nationals and the Charlotte Hounds. Here’s a look at their history:


AUG. 9, 2008 Eck: 23-for-37 (62.2 %) Snider: 14-for-37 (37.8 %) Result: Boston defeated Denver 20-13 in Eck’s MLL debut.


JULY 1, 2010 Eck: 13-for-30 (43.3 %) Snider: 17-for-30 (56.7 %) Result: Toronto topped Boston 15-13.


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JUNE 25, 2009 Eck: 18-for-36 (50.0 %) Snider: 18-for-36 (50.0 %) Result: Boston defeated Toronto 19-15.


AUG. 6, 2011 Eck: 11-for-22 (50.0 %) Snider: 11-for-22 (50.0 %) Result: Boston beat Hamilton 10-9 for the MLL title.


JULY 23, 2009 Eck: 17-for-37 (45.9 %) Snider: 20-for-37 (54.1 %) Result: Toronto edged Boston 18-17 in OT.


ALL-TIME Eck: 82-for-162 (50.6 %) Snider: 80-for-162 (49.4%)


After getting cut in 2010, Eck wore these same Team USA shorts to bed every night to remind him of his goal.


and you’re consistently at the front of the whistle, you’re going to be tough to beat.” Towers expects Eck and Snider to neutralize each other, but Eck said there are other factors on faceoffs. “That’s the focus, because the win or loss is written next to my name,” he said. “But it will have a lot to do with guys coming off my wings, their ability to grab balls that I put out to them, contain a guy like Brodie [Merrill]. It won’t just be me versus Geoff.” Eck will graduate from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business in May. He purposely put off his start date at Google in New York until late September so that he could focus solely on lacrosse this summer. “This is the closest I’ll ever come to being a real pro athlete,” he joked. Eck wears U.S. gear when he works out and wore the same pair of Team USA mesh shorts — the ones he received at the 2010 tryouts — to bed every night for four years so that making this year’s team was the last thing he thought about before falling asleep and the first thing he thought about when he awoke. Once he made the team, Eck switched to the new 2014 Team USA shorts as his sleepwear of choice. There’s a new goal — and a space on his wall that needs filling.


— Nathan Maciborski April 2014 >> LACROSSE MAGAZINE 67


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