Bulldogs Lead League with 19 ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team PicksThe Yale women’s ice hockey team had 19 student-athletes named to the 2010-11 ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team, which was announced by the league on Wednesday. That gives Yale five more honorees than any other team in the league. The Bulldogs’ honorees included all four members of the Class of 2011: forward Bray Ketchum (Greenwich, Conn.), defenseman Samantha MacLean (Mississauga, Ont.), forward Lili Rudis (Chicago, Ill.) and goalie Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.). That quartet combined for 13 All-Academic Team selections during the past four years.
Jackee Snikeris Wraps Up Stint at USA Hockey CampWith her graduation from Yale just days away, goaltender Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.), continues her work between the pipes. Snikeris just concluded a stint at USA Hockey’s Warren Strelow Goaltending camp, where she was part of a group of 12 of the best goaltenders in the country. She has been invited to the camp in all four years of its existence.
Jackee Snikeris Named 2010-11 Devens Award WinnerSenior goaltender Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.) has been named the winner of the 2010-11 Sarah Devens Award. Given as a joint award between ECAC Hockey and Hockey East, the Devens Award is presented annually to a student-athlete who "demonstrates leadership and commitment both on and off the ice." It is named in honor of former Dartmouth ice hockey, field hockey and lacrosse captain Sarah Devens, who died in 1995 prior to her senior year of college. All female student-athletes in Hockey East and ECAC Hockey are eligible, and each conference submitted a league nominee for consideration. Snikeris, the first Yale player to earn the honor, receives a post-graduate scholarship of $10,000.
Aleca Hughes to Captain Bulldogs in 2011-12Junior Aleca Hughes (Westwood, Mass.) has been elected captain of the Yale women’s ice hockey team for the 2011-12 season. She will be formally introduced at the annual team banquet Friday night at The Course at Yale.
Emotional Week Culminates with Annual BanquetCulminating an emotional week, the 2010-11 Yale women’s ice hockey team gathered for one final time Friday night for the annual team banquet at The Course at Yale. The Bulldogs, who were part of a memorial service for their teammate Mandi Schwartz (1988-2011) on Wednesday night and led the annual Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registry Drive at Yale on Thursday, spent Friday night remembering a season like no other, as Mandi’s battle with cancer provided constant perspective throughout a year of ups and downs. The ceremony included the presentation of the Mandi Schwartz Award for the first time, given in acknowledgement of one player’s unique courage, grit and determination. Junior forward Aleca Hughes (Westwood, Mass.) won that award, and also was introduced as the team’s 2011-12 captain.
Huge Turnout Again; Mandi Schwartz Drive Adds Nearly 900 to Be The Match RegistryThe woman that inspired the drives was gone, but her spirit clearly remained as Yale Athletics hosted its annual Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registry Drive Thursday at Commons. Mandi, the women’s ice hockey center whose battle with cancer helped draw record-setting numbers of people to Yale’s first two drives, had passed away just 18 days before Thursday’s drive. With her tragic story still fresh in everyone’s minds, the Bulldogs banded together and added nearly 900 people to the Be The Match Registry in Mandi’s honor. It was the second biggest drive of its kind, trailing only Yale’s drive from a year ago.
Mandi Schwartz Remembered; Drive Takes Place ThursdayFriends and teammates of Yale women’s ice hockey player Mandi Schwartz (1988-2011) gathered in Calhoun College Wednesday night to pay tribute to her, reflecting on a life that ended too soon but nonetheless will have a lasting impact. Her courageous battle with cancer ended after more than two years when she passed away on Apr. 3 -- but the efforts to help others that she inspired remain. Wednesday’s ceremony was held on the eve of the Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registry Drive, an annual event at Yale that has already added more than 1,600 people to the Be The Match registry for patients with life-threatening illnesses who are in need of transplants.
Ivy League Releases 2011 Winter Academic All-Ivy RecipientsThe Ivy League has released its list of student-athletes selected for 2011 All-Ivy Academic honors in winter sports. The 80 men and women, including 10 from Yale, were starters or key reserves on an officially recognized varsity team with 3.0 or better cumulative grade point averages.
Bulldogs Pay Tribute to Mandi Schwartz in Ceremony at Notre DameIt was a trip born of tragedy, but it ended in inspiration. Paying tribute to their fallen teammate Mandi Schwartz, the Yale women’s ice hockey team traveled to Saskatchewan at the end of last week to be a part of the memorial service at Athol Murray College of Notre Dame, Mandi’s high school. While honoring Mandi, the trip also gave her teammates the chance to learn more about the people and the place that provided the foundation for some of her defining characteristics -- courage, dedication, humility and a never-ending feeling of hope.
Mandi Schwartz 1988-2011The Yale Community is deeply saddened by the death of Mandi Schwartz, YC '11, who passed away this morning surrounded by family and friends. Our thoughts are with the Schwartz family, Mandi's fiance, her physicians and caregivers, and her friends, classmates, coaches and teammates, all of whom were integral to Mandi's valiant fight against the cancer that eventually took her life. The grace and courage with which Mandi approached her treatment, and the enthusiasm and optimism with which Mandi approached life itself have inspired countless people, both here in New Haven and beyond. Her efforts -- and the efforts of those close to her -- to raise awareness of, and participation in, marrow and cord blood donor programs have already yielded potentially lifesaving results. Yale will continue those efforts through the annual Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registry Drive at Yale. The next drive will be held on Thursday, April 21, on the Yale campus. Through this and future drives, we hope to honor Mandi and her indomitable spirit.
Yale Names Marrow Donor Registry Drive in Honor of Mandi SchwartzIn recognition of the impact her courageous battle with cancer has had on efforts to save lives through marrow donor registry drives, the Yale athletic department has named its annual drive in honor of women’s ice hockey player Mandi Schwartz (Wilcox, Sask.). The Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registry Drive at Yale, which is part of the nationwide “Get in the Game. Save a Life.” campaign for the Be The Match Registry®, will be held on Thursday, Apr. 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this year. The drive, which takes place at Commons on the corner of College Street and Grove Street in New Haven, is open to the general public. Food will be served.
Jackee Snikeris Named to New England All-Star TeamSenior goalie Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.) added another accolade on Wednesday, as she was named to the 2010-11 New England Hockey Writers All-Star Team. Snikeris, who was also Kazmaier Award nominee, ECAC Hockey’s Student-Athlete of the Year, ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Year, first team All-ECAC Hockey, and first team All-Ivy League, is the first Bulldog to earn All-New England honors since Helen Resor ’09 in 2006-07. She and the other all-stars will be honored at a banquet on Wednesday, Apr. 13 at the Prince Restaurant in Saugus, Mass.
Jackee Snikeris Named ECAC Hockey Student-Athlete of the YearSenior goalie Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.) has been named ECAC Hockey’s Student-Athlete of the Year, becoming the first Bulldog to win the award. The honor recognizes Snikeris’ work off the ice, as her work on the ice has already been recognized many times over this year -- she was a nominee for the Kazmaier Award as the top player in college hockey, she was ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Year and first team All-ECAC Hockey, and she was first team All-Ivy League.
Jackee Snikeris Named First Team All-ECAC HockeySenior goaltender Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.) was named first team All-ECAC Hockey on Tuesday, becoming the first Yale player to earn first-team honors since Erin Duggan ’05 in 2004-05. The honor marks another achievement for the record-setting Yale net minder, who was named first team All-Ivy League last week and is also a nominee for the Kazmaier Award as the top player in women’s college hockey. Snikeris is also a finalist for two more ECAC Hockey awards, Goaltender of the Year and Student-Athlete of the Year, which will be announced later this week.
Jackee Snikeris Named ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the YearSenior goaltender Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.) was named ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Year on Tuesday, becoming the first Yale player to earn that award. She adds this accomplishment to the other honors she has already received this season, including first team All-ECAC Hockey and first team All-Ivy League, while also awaiting word later in the week about the ECAC Hockey Student-Athlete of the Year Award for which she is one of three finalists. She is also a nominee for the Kazmaier Award as the top player in women’s college hockey.
Jackee Snikeris a Finalist for ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the YearYale senior goaltender Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.) is one of three finalists for the ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Year Award, the league announced Friday. This is the fourth honor of the week for the Bulldog net minder. Within the last five days she has also been named a finalist for the Kazmaier Award and for the ECAC Hockey Student-Athlete of the Year Award in addition to earning first team All-Ivy League honors.
Bulldogs Join Efforts to “Do it for Daron”Daron Richardson would have turned 15 this past Feb. 8. Just three months after she took her own life, Daron’s story has inspired an effort to raise awareness of youth mental health issues. Thanks to freshman forward Jenna Ciotti (Ottawa, Ont.) -- who played for Daron’s father, former NHL player Luke Richardson, and with Daron’s sister, Morgan -- the Yale women’s ice hockey team has joined in the efforts to “Do it for Daron.” The Bulldogs’ support is symbolized by the purple wristbands they are now wearing.
Jackee Snikeris Earns First Team All-Ivy HonorsSenior goaltender Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.) was named first team All-Ivy League Thursday, becoming the third player in Yale women’s ice hockey history to earn multiple first team All-Ivy honors. A two-time honoree, she joins four-time honoree Laurie Belliveau ’98 and two-time honoree Maureen Magauran ’92 as Yale’s repeat selections.
Jackee Snikeris a Finalist for ECAC Hockey Student-Athlete of the YearSenior goalie Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.) has been named one of three finalists for ECAC Hockey’s Student-Athlete of the Year Award, the league announced on Thursday. Snikeris, who is also a nominee for the Kazmaier Award as the top player in women’s college hockey, enjoyed a record-setting career in net for the Bulldogs, and her accomplishments off the ice are just as impressive.
Jackee Snikeris Nominated for Kazmaier Award as Top Player in College HockeySenior goaltender Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.), who re-wrote the Yale record book in a memorable career that ended this past Saturday, has been nominated for the Kazmaier Award as the most outstanding player in NCAA Division I women's ice hockey. Snikeris, who has been nominated for the award each of the past two seasons, was among 26 nominees nationwide announced by USA Hockey on Monday.
Bid for Playoff Spot Comes Up Short as Yale Falls to Princeton 4-1The Yale women’s ice hockey team came up just short in its bid for a memorable ending to the 2010-11 regular season, falling to Princeton 4-1 at Ingalls Rink Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs had been seeking their third win in five days, one which would have clinched them a spot in the ECAC Hockey playoffs, but instead they saw their season come to an end -- and with it the Yale careers of the Class of 2011: forward Bray Ketchum, forward Lili Rudis, defenseman Samantha MacLean and goalie Jackee Snikeris.
Perfect Timing: Dunbar’s First Career Goal Keeps Playoff Hopes Alive in 1-0 Win Over QUThanks to great goaltending from a senior and a timely first career goal from a freshman, the Yale women’s ice hockey team kept its ECAC Hockey playoff hopes alive Friday night with a dramatic 1-0 win over Quinnipiac at Ingalls rink. Freshman forward Ashley Dunbar’s goal with 5:42 to play -- the first of her career -- was enough for the win, thanks to 35 saves from senior goalie Jackee Snikeris.
Salute to the Yale Women's Ice Hockey Class of 2011As the Yale women’s ice hockey team looks to the future, it will be well-served to look at the class of 2011 – Bray Ketchum, Sam MacLean, Lili Rudis and Jackee Snikeris – as a model of exactly the type of players it needs to build a championship future around.
Aleca Hughes Named Finalist for Hockey Humanitarian AwardAleca Hughes (Westwood, Mass.), a junior forward on the Yale women’s ice hockey team whose efforts to help save lives have been inspired by her teammate Mandi Schwartz’ battle with cancer, has been named a finalist for the 2011 BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award. She is the fifth Yale women’s ice hockey player to be named a finalist for the award, which seeks to recognize male or female college hockey players at the Division I or Division III levels who give back to their communities in the true humanitarian spirit. She is one of eight finalists who were selected from a pool of 25 nominees nationwide.
Final Week of Play at Ingalls Starts TuesdayThe Yale women’s ice hockey team ends the regular season with three games in five days at Ingalls Rink, starting Tuesday night with a visit from Brown. The weekend brings Quinnipiac on Friday night and Princeton on Saturday afternoon, Senior Day.
Two Goals for Hughes as Yale Beats Brown 4-2The Yale women’s ice hockey team got a taste of just how tough it is to earn points in the ECAC Hockey standings late in the season Tuesday night against Brown, as the Bears nearly rallied back from a three-goal deficit in the third. But after Brown -- seeking just its second win in conference play this season -- closed to within 3-2 with five minutes to play, the Bulldogs were able to hold on for the much-needed victory. Junior forward Aleca Hughes sealed the win with an empty-netter in the final seconds, her second goal of the game.
Ladiges’ 45 Saves Not Enough to Stop No. 2 Cornell from Beating BulldogsJunior goalie Genny Ladiges made a career high 45 saves and held off No. 2 Cornell’s high-powered offense as long as she could, and Yale even had a lead on the Big Red for 15 minutes after an early goal by junior forward Aleca Hughes Saturday afternoon at Lynah Rink. But Cornell exploded for four goals in the second period, including three in a span of less than two minutes, and went on to beat the Bulldogs 7-1.
Raiders Blank Bulldogs 1-0With a chance to move into a tie for the eighth and final playoff spot in the ECAC Hockey standings at stake, the Colgate Raiders battled their way past the Yale women’s ice hockey team 1-0 Friday night at Starr Rink. Senior goalie Jackee Snikeris made 35 saves, while the Raiders’ Kimberly Sass made 26 for the shutout.
Unbeaten Streak Faces Test at Colgate, No. 2 CornellA string of five games in nine days brings the 2010-11 regular season to a rapid-fire close for the Yale women’s ice hockey team. The stretch begins Friday night at Colgate, where the Bulldogs put a three-game unbeaten streak on the line. Yale then visits No. 2 Cornell Saturday afternoon.
Ciotti Named ECAC Hockey Player and Rookie of the WeekAfter a six-point, five-goal week that included the first hat trick by a Yale women’s ice hockey player since 2007, freshman forward Jenna Ciotti (Manotick, Ont.) has been named ECAC Hockey MLX Skates Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week.
Third-Period Rally Nets 2-2 Tie at RPITrailing 2-0 heading early in the third period at RPI, the Yale women’s ice hockey team was looking for a spark. It came in the form of a goal on a faceoff, as sophomore forward Alyssa Zupon set up junior defenseman Heather Grant for a slap shot that pulled Yale within one. The Bulldogs then got another goal just 39 seconds later from freshman forward Jenna Ciotti, and they held on for a 2-2 tie that got them a much-needed point in the conference standings.
Firsts for Ciotti and Davis, Plus Snikeris’ 15th Shutout, Add Up to 5-0 WinIt was a night of firsts for a pair of Yale forwards, and also a feat that never gets old for a certain Yale goaltender. Freshman forward Jenna Ciotti had her first hat trick and junior forward Lauren Davis scored her first goal to lead the Yale offense. Senior goalie Jackee Snikeris was once again the backbone of the Yale defense, making 16 saves to earn her second straight shutout and extend her school record in that category to 15.
Snikeris, Bulldogs Shut Out Brown 4-0The Yale offense has been coming on of late, and senior goalie Jackee Snikeris has been playing some of the best hockey of her stellar career. Those two trends finally came together to add up to victory Tuesday night at Meehan Auditorium, as the Bulldogs beat Brown 4-0. Snikeris made 32 saves for her 14th career shutout, extending her school record in that category, and Yale got a pair of goals and an assist from freshman forward Jackie Raines.
Road Stretch BeginsThe Yale women’s ice hockey team faces five straight road games, including three in the next five days. This week the Bulldogs travel to Brown Tuesday, then visit New York’s Capital District over the weekend for games at Union and RPI.
Power Play Produces but Bulldogs Still Fall, 5-3 to HarvardThe Yale women’s hockey team has been battling a drought on the power play, and that came to an end Saturday afternoon with a pair of goals on the man advantage against Harvard. But the Crimson withstood a series of comeback attempts by Yale, and an empty-netter in the final seconds sealed a 5-3 Harvard win.
Power-Play Goal Gives Dartmouth 2-1 Win Over YaleThe Yale women’s ice hockey team continues racking up time on the power play, but so far the Bulldogs have not been able to make it pay off in wins. Yale had nine chances with the man advantage Friday night against Dartmouth at Ingalls Rink but could not score. The Bulldogs were hit with six penalties of their own and killed off all but one of them -- but that goal was enough to give Dartmouth the margin it needed for a 2-1 win.
Saints Blank Bulldogs 2-0St. Lawrence’s penalty killing unit entered the day ranked just 20th in the NCAA, but that unit came up big against Yale at Appleton Arena Saturday afternoon. The Saints were a perfect eight-for-eight on the kill, overshadowing an eight-for-eight performance by Yale’s PK unit in the whistle-filled affair, and as a result St. Lawrence came away with a 2-0 shutout win.
Clarkson Edges Yale 2-1 in OvertimeFriday night’s women’s ice hockey game at Cheel Arena wound up turning into a battle between one of the best veteran goalies in ECAC Hockey and one of the best rookies. In the end, Clarkson freshman Erica Howe outdueled Yale senior Jackee Snikeris, as the Golden Knights got a goal from forward Melissa Waldie at 3:25 of overtime for a 2-1 win.