Mary Clare Snediker, Colby College

Mary Clare Snediker was an All-NESCAC field hockey player and a key defender on a two-time NESCAC champion women’s lacrosse team, but many of her Colby College teammates over the past four years will remember her for working hard to overcome a serious knee injury during her junior season.

Snediker earned Colby’s Pamela Hoyt-Sanborn Award for contributions of sportsmanship and leadership during her time at Colby. Snediker also did the job in the classroom, earning NESCAC Fall and Spring All-Academic honors and academic accolades from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association and the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association.

Snediker was an offensive star with the field hockey team and a defensive standout for women’s lacrosse. She was a three-time All-NESCAC selection in field hockey and might have made it four in a row if she did not get injured. Snediker finished her field hockey career with 29 goals, including three in the final five games of the 2008 season after coming back from ACL surgery.

Snediker hurt her knee in April 2008 during a lacrosse game and was able to play just 10 games. Despite the injury, she continued to attend practice and was at all the games the rest of the way as the Mules won the program’s first-ever NESCAC title. Snediker was in the front row in a wheelchair for the championship photo.

With her final field hockey season starting in the fall, Snediker set a goal to make it back for the end of the season. Mission accomplished. She was one of the captains for the field hockey team and worked hard in rehabilitation to play in the final five games.

Snediker, who is from New Canaan, Conn., then ended her playing career by helping the Mules win their second straight NESCAC lacrosse title in May. She finished her four years with 77 groundballs, 52 caused turnovers, and 29 draw controls. Snediker also thrilled her teammates by getting her first collegiate goal late in the season. She was chosen to play in the IWLCA Senior All-Star Classic in June.