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Athlete of the Week: Smith Academy’s Cassidy Snyder

HATFIELD, Mass. (WGGB)—In today’s sports world, we’re so used to coining a leader of a team as the loudest and most outspoken individual on the field. For Smith Academy’s offensive standout Cassidy Snyder, she chooses a different leadership approach when on the field. Never the loudest voice, instead the loudest foot.

“It gets me away from everything outside of school,” Snyder said, “I can just do what I’m good at and have fun with it.”

And that silence has been dangerous for her opponents over her six years on the varsity level. Earlier this season, Snyder became the first in program history to reach the 100 goal mark. Something she sees as a testament to her hard work on and off the field.

“I still have to keep my head up and it is an adjustment but I’m working on it,” Snyder said.

Coach Matt McCloghry has had Snyder by his side since taking charge of the program six years ago. When you’re paired with someone for that long, you go through your ups and downs. Now in her senior year, coach has seen Snyder develop into a stronger person both on and off the field.

“I’ve seen her be very shy and quiet on the field,” McCloghry said. “Now she’s really developed into a much stronger and more mature person.”

While the 3.0 student Snyder prides herself with her abilities, it’s her attitude and mindset as a leader that she wants to be defined by. She may not be the fiery type pumping up her teammates on the sidelines. Instead, she has not-so-quietly given her team now over 106 reasons to celebrate.

“The people I give the ball to, like my teammates, to see the expression on their face when they score is an awesome thing,” Snyder said.

So a remarkable varsity career with 106 goals and an entirely rejuvenated Smith Academy program. Who says you need to yell to send a message?

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