As news of Mandi Schwartz courageous battle with cancer continues to spread, offers to help are now coming in from around the world. Become Mandis Hero, the campaign to find her the life-saving donors she needs, has been featured on ABC News and ESPN and written about in the New York Times and dozens of other newspapers. The Become Mandis Hero group on Facebook has more than 8,000 members. All told, millions of people have heard about Mandis story in one way or another. Yet the key to the campaigns success may lie in the grass-roots approach taken by one small group in particular -- her Yale womens ice hockey teammates.
Yale had 16 student-athletes named to the ECAC Hockey All-Academic team, including all three members of the Class of 2010. Defenseman Alyssa Clarke (Donkin, N.S.), forward Berit Johnson (Wayzata, Minn.) and forward Caroline Murphy (Woodstock, Conn.) were each honored for the fourth time. Yale had the second-highest number of honorees in the 12-team league.
Rising senior forward Bray Ketchum (Greenwich, Conn.) was named to USA Hockeys Womens Under-22 Select Team Friday afternoon. The 22 players chosen to the U-22 Team will travel to the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, N.Y., to train at the USA Hockey Womens National Festival starting Aug. 13, then will leave for Toronto to play a three-game U-22 Series against Canada Aug. 18-21.
As the world-wide search for donors continues and news of her courageous battle with cancer garners more and more attention, Mandi Schwartz passed a significant hurdle on Wednesday. Tests in her native Saskatchewan, where she had been receiving chemotherapy, indicated that she is in remission. That clears Mandi, a center on the Yale womens ice hockey team, for the next phase of her treatment: a trip to Seattle and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. There, she will receive a stem cell transplant within the next 30-60 days. The success of that transplant depends entirely on finding her a match through a campaign -- Become Mandis Hero -- designed to educate people throughout the world about the urgent need for umbilical cord blood donors and bone marrow donors.
Mandi Schwartz battle with cancer is about to enter another phase, and its one where success hinges largely on a simple concept: get the word out. Her friends, family and even total strangers must all raise awareness of the need for bone marrow or umbilical cord blood donors in order for her to have the best chance to survive. Mandi, a center on the Yale womens ice hockey team, could be headed from Saskatchewan to Seattle as early as next week in preparation for a stem cell transplant. With that move in mind, the need to locate donors has intensified, as she could be undergoing a transplant within 30 days. The world-wide efforts to locate a genetic match for Mandi, coordinated through Become Mandis Hero, have begun seeing results from a variety of on-line efforts.
As Yale womens ice hockey player Mandi Schwartz continues to battle leukemia, efforts to find her a matching marrow or cord blood donor have intensified. With help from some former Bulldogs, those efforts have expanded to include everything from hockey tournaments in Canada to the Worlds Largest Baby Shower in Atlanta. For details on how you can help find a life-saving donor, read on.
After eight seasons as Yales womens ice hockey head coach, Hilary Witt has announced that she is resigning to pursue other interests. Witt, the Bulldogs all-time leader in wins, will remain in her current role until June 30 as Yale transitions to a new head coach. A national search is underway to find her successor.
Rising senior goaltender Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.) has earned a spot at USA Hockeys annual Warren Strelow Goaltending Camp again, placing her in a group of 12 of the best female goalies in the country. This is Snikeris third selection to the prestigious camp, which debuted in 2008. A nominee for the Kazmaier Award as the top womens college hockey player last year, Snikeris was 10th in the country in save percentage (.927). She was the only ECAC Hockey goaltender selected for the camp.
Yale women's hockey head coach Hilary Witt has been named an assistant coach for USA Hockeys Under-22 Select Team. She will coach at the 2010 USA Hockey Women's National Festival Aug. 13-21 in Lake Placid, N.Y., and the teams three-game series in Canada in Aug. 18-21.
Yale held its annual womens hockey team banquet Wednesday Apr. 21 in the Schley Room at Ingalls Rink, saluting the senior class of defenseman Alyssa Clarke (Donkin, N.S.), forward Berit Johnson (Wayzata, Minn.) and forward Caroline Murphy (Woodstock, Conn.). The team also presented its annual awards. The MVP award, as selected by a team vote, went to junior goaltender Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.).
The Yale football and womens ice hockey teams were facing a major challenge as they headed into their second annual Get in the Game. Save a Life. marrow donor testing drive Thursday afternoon at Commons. The Bulldogs had tested a record 704 people at last years drive -- and since all of those people were now already in the National Marrow Donor Programs Be the Match Registry, the two teams would have to find hundreds upon hundreds of new registrants this year in order to meet their goal of saving lives and keeping their record intact. The teams came up with a game plan, starting work on the project weeks in advance. And they got a reminder of just how important their work was earlier this week, when womens ice hockey forward Mandi Schwartz learned that she would have to return home to Saskatchewan to battle cancer again. Just hours after Schwartz left New Haven, the Bulldogs rallied together and shattered their own record by signing up 911 potential donors.
The final preparations are in place for the marrow donor testing drive that the Yale football and womens ice hockey teams will lead on Thursday, Apr. 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Commons. The testing consists of a simple cheek swab. The drive is free, open to the public and includes pizza and light lunch refreshments. The drive is part of the Get in the Game. Save a Life. campaign for the National Marrow Donor Program. Thousands of patients with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases depend on resources like the NMDPs Be The Match Registry to find a match. That includes Yale womens ice hockey forward Mandi Schwartz, who has been seeking a match ever since being diagnosed with leukemia.
The countdown is on for the marrow donor testing drive that the Yale football and womens ice hockey teams will lead on Thursday, Apr. 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Commons. In the spirit of breaking the record Yale established last year, when more than 700 potential life-saving donors signed up, the Bulldogs are taking an even more proactive approach this year. Last week, after an introductory meeting with an official from the National Marrow Donor Program and a speech from a recipient whose life was saved by a marrow donor, members of both teams stuck around Ray Tompkins House to pre-assemble hundreds of donor kits. That will save valuable time for everyone on the day of the drive itself. This Saturday, Yale womens ice hockey player Mandi Schwartz, a leukemia survivor, is scheduled to appear on New Channel 8 WTNHs Good Morning Connecticut Weekend at approximately 6:30 a.m.
Ten Yale student-athletes were honored today, as the Ivy League released its list of those selected for Academic All-Ivy recognition in winter sports. Eligible student-athletes include all starters or key reserves on officially recognized varsity teams that have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
The Yale football team and Yale womens ice hockey team will lead a marrow donor testing drive Thursday, Apr. 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Commons, located on the corner of College Street and Grove Street in New Haven. The drive is free, open to the public and includes pizza and light lunch refreshments. News Channel 8 anchor Ann Nyberg will be on hand at the start of the drive to greet participants. The drive is part of the Get in the Game. Save a Life. campaign for the National Marrow Donor Program. Thousands of patients with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases depend on the NMDPs Be The Match Registry to find a match. The testing, which consists of a simple cheek swab, has a special meaning for the Yale athletics department because Bulldog womens ice hockey player Mandi Schwartz (Wilcox, Sask.) is a leukemia survivor and is in need of a marrow donor.
Junior defenseman Samantha MacLean (Mississauga, Ont.) has been elected captain of the Yale womens ice hockey team for the 2010-11 season. MacLean, who was chosen by a team vote last Wednesday night at Ingalls Rink, leads Yale into its 34th varsity season.
Three Yale women’s ice hockey players -- senior defenseman Alyssa Clarke (Donkin, N.S.), junior forward Bray Ketchum (Greenwich, Conn.) and junior goaltender Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.) -- were named All-Ivy League Thursday. Snikeris earned first team honors, while Ketchum was on the second team and Clarke earned honorable mention. Snikeris is the first Bulldog since Sarah Love ’06 in 2003-04 to earn first team All-Ivy honors, and the fourth different player in school history (all goalies) to earn the honor.
Senior forward Berit Johnson (Wayzata, Minn./The Blake School) is among 10 nominees for ECAC Hockeys Student-Athlete of the Year award, the conference announced Wednesday. Johnson earned the nomination, which requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50, through hard work both on and off the ice. She will receive her fourth ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team selection this season, a feat she has accomplished while balancing the demands of being a double major at Yale (economics and history) while also playing hockey.
Former Yale womens ice hockey player Natalie Babony 06 completed her run with Team Slovakia at the Winter Olympics Monday night. Babony had one assist in five games as Slovakia finished eighth. Babony is the third player in the history of Yale womens hockey to make an Olympic team roster.
After making a furious run at a playoff spot late in the season, the Yale women's hockey team wound up finishing three points away from the postseason. The Bulldogs dropped their season finale Saturday afternoon at Princeton, 4-0.
The Yale women's hockey team has not lost many ECAC Hockey games in the second half of the season, and the ones that they have lost have mainly been of the one-goal variety. The Bulldogs' fourth one-goal loss in conference play in the last four weeks came Friday night at Quinnipiac, 1-0. Coupled with Dartmouth's 4-1 win at Clarkson, it eliminated Yale from ECAC Hockey playoff contention.
A pair of Yale juniors, forward Bray Ketchum (Greenwich, Conn.) and goaltender Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.), have been nominated for the Patty Kazmaier Award, given annually by The USA Hockey Foundation to the most outstanding player in NCAA Division I womens ice hockey. USA Hockey announced the nominees Wednesday.
Prior to the season, the Yale womens hockey team had 29 Chances printed on the back of their warm-up t-shirts. After 27 regular-season games, the Bulldogs are now down to two chances, and a berth in the ECAC Hockey postseason hangs in the balance. Tied with Dartmouth for the eighth and final playoff spot, Yale visits Quinnipiac (Friday, 7 p.m.) and Princeton (Saturday, 4 p.m.).
On an emotional Senior Day at Ingalls Rink, Yale took a Cornell team that was battling for first place in ECAC Hockey down to the wire. But ultimately a power-play goal by Big Red defenseman Lauriane Rougeau late in the second period proved to be the only goal, and Cornell came away with a 1-0 win despite 46 saves from junior goaltender Jackee Snikeris. With the loss, Yale remains tied with Dartmouth for the eighth and final ECAC Hockey playoff spot with two games remaining.
The Yale womens hockey team needed a win Friday night to stay within striking distance of an ECAC Hockey playoff spot, but the Bulldogs opponents -- Colgate -- needed one even more badly. The Raiders entered the night trailing Dartmouth and Yale for the final playoff spot by one point, and they came out firing with a 15-shot onslaught in the first period. But thanks to a goal by senior forward Caroline Murphy and 14 saves from junior goalie Jackee Snikeris, the period ended with the score tied 1-1. Junior defenseman Samantha MacLean then broke the tie at 6:51 of the second, and an empty-net goal by sophomore forward Aleca Hughes in the third finalized the crucial 3-1 win for the Bulldogs. Snikeris ended the night with 39 saves.
Former Yale womens ice hockey player Natalie Babony 06 (Whitby, Ont./Holderness School/Telus Lightning) and Team Slovakia start play in the Olympics this Saturday with a game against Canada at 5 p.m. Vancouver time (8 p.m. Eastern time). The game can be seen on CNBC in the United States. Team Slovakia plays two more games after that before the start of the classification and semifinal rounds. Babony is the third player in the history of Yale womens hockey to make an Olympic team roster.
The word adversity gets thrown around a lot in the world of sports, often referring to a bad bounce or a losing streak. But there is nothing on the ice that can compare to what the Yale womens ice hockey Class of 2010 has faced off it. As they get ready for their final games at Ingalls Rink this weekend, Yales seniors know that they made it through challenges both great and small over the last four years the only way they know how: together.
With four games left in the regular season, the ECAC Hockey playoff picture remains unclear. One thing is certain, though: the two games at Ingalls Rink this weekend will go a long way towards deciding who is in and who is out. Yale is currently tied with Dartmouth for the eighth and final playoff spot, five points behind seventh-place Princeton. The Bulldogs have a one-point lead on 10th-place Colgate, which visits Friday (7 p.m., Yale All-Access live video, wybc.com). Second-place Cornell, which is within striking distance of first-place Clarkson, comes to town Saturday (4 p.m., Yale All-Access live video, WYBC 1340 AM) for Senior Day as the Bulldogs pay tribute to the Class of 2010.
Yale womens hockey head coach Hilary Witt was inducted into the Womens Beanpot Hall of Fame Tuesday night, honoring her performance as a player for Northeastern in the annual tournament featuring the four Boston-area womens hockey teams. The ceremony was held prior to the Beanpot Championship game at Harvards Bright Center.
A busy weekend at Ingalls Rink concluded Sunday with Yale Hockey's annual "Skate with the Players". Members of the Yale men's and women's hockey teams took time to skate with young fans and sign autographs, filling the ice at Ingalls for more than an hour. Fans also enjoyed the chance to get a behind-the-scenes tour of the recently renovated facility.