Aleca Hughes Named Winner of ECAC Hockey’s Mandi Schwartz AwardAfter Mandi Schwartz ’10 (1988-2011) was first diagnosed with cancer, her teammate Aleca Hughes ’12 (Westwood, Mass.) emerged as one of the primary advocates seeking to turn the tragic situation into a chance to help others. Even after Mandi passed away in April of 2011, Hughes kept up that battle as a leader both on and off the ice. On Thursday, her efforts were rewarded as she was selected as the winner of the ECAC Hockey award named in Mandi’s memory. The award, which recognizes the conference’s student-athlete of the year, will be presented to Hughes at a game during the 2012-13 season.
Bulldogs Recognized for Community Service at New Haven Register BanquetThe Yale women's ice hockey team was recognized at the New Haven Register’s annual MVP Banquet Tuesday night as the winner of the newspaper's Dave Solomon Memorial Sports Persons of the Year award for 2011. Former Yale captain Samantha MacLean ’11, now a volunteer assistant with the Bulldogs, spoke on behalf of the team. Yale received the award in recognition of the team’s humanitarian and community service efforts.
Yale Tied for Best in League with 16 ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team SelectionsThe Yale women’s ice hockey team had 16 student-athletes named to the 2011-12 ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team, which was announced by the league Tuesday. Yale tied Union for the most selections among the league’s 12 teams, making this the second season in a row Yale has led the league. The Bulldogs’ honorees included all four members of the Class of 2012: forward Lauren Davis (Morrison, Colo.), defenseman Heather Grant (Toronto, Ont.), forward Aleca Hughes (Westwood, Mass.) and goalie Genny Ladiges (Almonte, Ont.). That quartet combined for 15 All-Academic Team selections during the past four years.
Aleca Hughes Among 11 Finalists for ECAC Hockey’s Mandi Schwartz AwardYale forward Aleca Hughes ’12 (Westwood, Mass.) was inspired to help save lives by her teammate Mandi Schwartz ’10 (1988-2011), who battled cancer for more than two years before passing away in April of 2011. Now, Hughes is one of 11 finalists for the ECAC Hockey award named in Schwartz’ memory. The award recognizes the league’s student-athlete of the year, and the winner will be announced later this month.
Yale Honors Six Seniors and One Team with Annual Awards at Senior ReceptionSix seniors and one team were honored by the Yale Athletics Department with awards at the annual senior student-athlete reception Saturday afternoon at the Lanman Center in Payne Whitney Gymnasium. The men’s fencing team earned the Brodhead Award for highest team grade point average. Jeffrey Hatten (Farmington, Conn.) of the men’s golf team and Talis Trevino (Marietta, Ga.) of the gymnastics team were the recipients of the Ford Student-Athlete Community Outreach Award. Adam Fields (Jericho, N.Y.) of the men’s fencing team and Abigail Nunn (Richmond, Va.) of the women’s swimming and diving team were the recipients of the Kiphuth Student-Athlete Distinction Award. Aleca Hughes (Westwood, Mass.) of the women’s ice hockey team and Michael Pratt (Garden City, N.Y.) of the men’s lacrosse team were the recipients of the Meyer Humanitarian Award.
Yale’s Aleca Hughes Named Winner of Coach Wooden Citizenship CupYale senior forward Aleca Hughes (Westwood, Mass.), whose efforts to help save lives have been inspired by her teammate Mandi Schwartz ’10 (1988-2011), was named the winner of the Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup Wednesday night in a ceremony held in the Egyptian Ballroom at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. This is the fifth award this month for Hughes, Yale’s captain, and all five have recognized her leadership and work off the ice.
Annual Awards Announced at Team BanquetThe 2011-12 Yale women's ice hockey team gathered Saturday for the annual team banquet at The Course at Yale. The Bulldogs announced the winners of the six team awards, along with introducing the 2012-13 captain: junior forward Alyssa Zupon (Basking Ridge, N.J.).
Alyssa Zupon Elected Captain for 2012-13Junior forward Alyssa Zupon (Basking Ridge, N.J.) has been elected captain of the Yale women’s ice hockey team for the 2012-13 season. Zupon was selected by a team vote last month, and will be introduced formally at the team’s post-season banquet this Saturday. In addition to her on-ice performance, Zupon has been a leader in a variety of community service initiatives during her time at Yale, including a charity for tsunami and earthquake relief in Japan that she co-founded.
Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive Adds 500 More Potential Life SaversA year has gone by since Mandi Schwartz ’10 (1988-2011) passed away after battling cancer for more than two years. Yet her impact remains evident in the annual marrow donor registration drive at Yale that is named in her memory. Thursday, her Yale women’s ice hockey teammates once again worked together with the football and field hockey teams in an effort to save the lives of patients with illnesses similar to Mandi’s. Yale’s drive, part of the nationwide “Get in the Game. Save a Life.” campaign, added more than 500 potential marrow donors to the Be The Match Registry® Thursday.
Bulldogs Aim to Keep Saving Lives with Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor DriveIn its first three years, the Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive at Yale has added nearly 2,500 people to the Be The Match Registry® and located at least six genetic matches for patients with life-threatening illnesses in need of transplants. This Thursday at Commons, Yale hopes to keep adding to those numbers. The football, women’s ice hockey and field hockey teams are once again leading the drive, which is named in memory of women’s ice hockey player Mandi Schwartz ’10 (Wilcox, Sask.) (1988-2011) and her courageous battle with cancer.
Listen to Humanitarian Award Winner Aleca Hughes on NHL Home Ice and Calgary’s CHQRAs Yale prepares for the annual Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive this coming Thursday at Commons, one of the leaders behind the initiative -- senior forward Aleca Hughes (Westwood, Mass.) of the women’s ice hockey team -- will make a pair of radio appearances. Hughes, who was recently honored with the 2012 BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award for her efforts, will be interviewed at 6:25 p.m. Eastern on “The Power Play” with Scott Laughlin on XM Radio’s NHL Home Ice (XM 92/Sirius 107, http://www.siriusxm.com/nhlhomeice). She will then be interviewed by Mark Stephen on CHQR AM 770, Calgary’s top news and sports-talk radio station, at 10 p.m. Eastern. Listen in live at http://www.qr77.com.
Yale's Aleca Hughes Named Winner of 2012 Hockey Humanitarian AwardAleca Hughes (Westwood, Mass.), whose efforts to help save lives have been inspired by her teammate Mandi Schwartz ’10 (1988-2011), has been named the winner of the 2012 BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award. The award, which is open to every male and female NCAA hockey player in Division I and Division III, was presented to Hughes in a ceremony on Friday night as part of the 2012 NCAA Frozen Four in Tampa, Fla. A senior forward and team captain, Hughes is the 17th recipient of the Hockey Humanitarian Award.
Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive at Yale Set for Thursday, Apr. 19In recognition of the impact her courageous battle with cancer has had on efforts to save lives through marrow donor registration drives, the Yale athletic department will once again hold a drive in memory of women’s ice hockey player Mandi Schwartz ’10 (Wilcox, Sask.) (1988-2011). The Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration 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. 19 from 10 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. Donors that could help save lives are located through testing that consists of simple cheek swabs.
Aleca Hughes Wins Sarah Devens Award for LeadershipAleca Hughes (Westwood, Mass.), a senior forward and captain of the Yale women’s ice hockey team, has been named the winner of the 2011-12 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 ECAC Hockey and Hockey East are eligible, and each conference submitted a league nominee for consideration. Hughes is the second Yale player to earn the honor, following Jackee Snikeris ’11, who won it last year. She receives a post-graduate scholarship of $10,000.
Aleca Hughes, Mandi Schwartz Foundation Finalists for NCAS’ Giant Steps AwardSenior women’s ice hockey forward Aleca Hughes (Westwood, Mass.) and the charity she started, the Mandi Schwartz Foundation, have been named one of three finalists for the National Consortium for Academics and Sports’ Giant Steps Award in the community organization category. The winner will be named on Friday, Apr. 6 as part of the NCAS’ annual National STUDENT-Athlete Day celebration.
Aleca Hughes One of Five Finalists Nationally for Coach Wooden Citizenship CupAleca Hughes (Westwood, Mass.), a senior forward and captain of the Yale women’s ice hockey team, has been named one of five collegiate finalists for the Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup. Named after legendary UCLA men’s basketball coach John Wooden, the Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup is presented to two distinguished athletes -- one collegiate and one professional -- for their character and leadership both on and off the field and their contributions to sport and society. Hughes and the other collegiate finalists will be recognized on Wednesday, Apr. 25, in a ceremony held in the Egyptian Ballroom at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. Pat Summitt, the University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach, will be honored as the professional recipient.
Flygh Part of Team Sweden’s Staff for Upcoming IIHF World ChampionshipYale women’s ice hockey head coach Joakim Flygh will be a part of the upcoming IIHF Women’s World Championship in Burlington, Vt., Apr. 7-14. Flygh will serve as video coach for his native Sweden in the tournament, which features the top eight women’s ice hockey teams in the world. The World Championship began in 1990 and is held every non-Olympic year.
Yale Falls in Finale at No. 8 HarvardThe 2011-12 season came to an end for the Yale women’s ice hockey team at Harvard’s Bright Hockey Center Saturday afternoon, and fittingly a senior was at the center of a valiant effort. Goalie Genny Ladiges made 43 saves in the final game at Yale for her and her fellow seniors -- forward Lauren Davis, defenseman Heather Grant and forward Aleca Hughes. It was the 10th time this season Ladiges, who finished second in ECAC Hockey in saves with 849 for the season, made 40 or more saves in a game. Harvard forward Lyndsey Fry had four goals to make the difference in the game, a 4-0 Harvard victory.
Season High in Goals Not Enough for Win at DartmouthIt was the type of offensive outburst the Yale women’s ice hockey team has been waiting for all season long, but unfortunately it came on a night when the Bulldog defense could not contain Dartmouth’s offense. The Big Green came away with a 10-5 win in a wild game at Thompson Arena Friday. The Bulldogs’ five goals, which came from four different players, were the most they scored in a game since a 5-0 win at Union Feb. 4, 2011. Junior forward Danielle Moncion led the way with a pair of tallies.
Final Weekend Takes Yale to Dartmouth, No. 8 HarvardThe Yale women’s ice hockey team concludes the 2011-12 season this weekend with games at Dartmouth and No. 8 Harvard. With both opponents jockeying for playoff position in the ECAC Hockey standings, the Bulldogs have a chance to play spoiler against two of their oldest rivals. Following Saturday’s game, Yale turns the page by heading to a Boston Blades game that is a fundraiser in memory of their teammate Mandi Schwartz ’10 (1988-2011).
Salute to the Yale Women's Ice Hockey Class of 2012The best word to describe the Yale women’s hockey class of 2012 is "persevering". While that implies that the four Bulldog seniors have faced challenges in their career, it also expresses the relentless optimism and determination with which Lauren Davis, Heather Grant, Aleca Hughes and Genny Ladiges have faced and overcome them.
Ladiges Stops 47, but No. 3 Cornell Prevails on Senior DayThe Yale women’s ice hockey team paid tribute to its senior class -- forward Lauren Davis, defenseman Heather Grant, forward Aleca Hughes and goalie Genny Ladiges -- Saturday afternoon at Ingalls Rink in the final regular season home game. While No. 3 Cornell had too much firepower for the Bulldogs, prevailing 6-1, Ladiges provided one last round of memorable moments as she tied her career high with 47 saves. It was the ninth time this season she has surpassed the 40-save mark.
Watch Women’s Basketball, Women’s Hockey Live this Weekend on Yale All-AccessYale All-Access has exclusive live video coverage of four Yale home games this weekend. On Friday night women’s basketball hosts Cornell and women’s ice hockey hosts Colgate at 7 p.m.; on Saturday, the women’s ice hockey team hosts No. 3 Cornell at 4 p.m. and the women’s basketball team hosts Columbia at 7 p.m.
Ladiges Stops 43 as Yale Guts Out 1-1 OT Tie with ColgateIt took 65 minutes of work, but the Yale women’s hockey team finally brought a long losing streak to an end Friday night with a 1-1 overtime tie against Colgate at Ingalls Rink. Senior goaltender Genny Ladiges made 43 saves and Yale killed off five Raider power plays, including a 5-on-3 for more than 30 seconds in the third period. Sophomore forward Jackie Raines’ second-period goal was enough for the deadlock, snapping a 17-game losing skid for Yale.
Colgate, No. 3 Cornell Visit; Weekend Includes Senior Day and Alumnae DayThe Yale women’s ice hockey team pays tribute to the Class of 2012 this weekend at Ingalls Rink, as forward Lauren Davis (Morrison, Colo.), defenseman Heather Grant (Toronto, Ont.), forward Aleca Hughes (Westwood, Mass.) and goaltender Genny Ladiges (Almonte, Ont.) play their final two home games. It is also Alumnae Weekend as Yale hosts Colgate Friday at 7 p.m. and No. 3 Cornell Saturday at 4 p.m.
Third-Period Clarkson Outburst Too Much for BulldogsFor the second time in as many days, the Yale women’s ice hockey team entered the third period trailing by just one goal against a tough North Country foe. But unfortunately for Yale Saturday’s game at Clarkson ended much the way that Friday night’s game at St. Lawrence had -- with a flurry of goals by the opposition. The Saints scored three times in the third Friday night for a 6-2 win, and the Golden Knights scored six times Saturday for a 7-0 win.
Pair of Comebacks Not Enough as Yale Falls at St. LawrenceThe Yale women’s ice hockey team ended its goal-scoring drought, and twice made comebacks to tie the game Friday night at Appleton Arena, but ultimately St. Lawrence’s firepower was too much. Forward Kelly Sabatine had a hat trick to lead the Saints to a 6-2 win over the Bulldogs.
ECAC Hockey Renames Student-Athlete Award in Memory of Mandi Schwartz ’10ECAC Hockey has renamed its Student-Athlete of the Year Award in memory of Mandi Schwartz ’10 (1988-2011), the Yale women’s ice hockey forward whose battle with cancer inspired people in the hockey world and beyond to help save lives in her name. The announcement was made Friday, on what would have been Mandi’s 24th birthday.
Aleca Hughes One of Five Finalists Nationally for Hockey Humanitarian AwardAleca Hughes (Westwood, Mass.), a senior forward on the Yale women’s ice hockey team, has been named one of five finalists for the 2012 BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award. This is the sixth time Yale has had a finalist for the award, more than any other school. Hughes is now a two-time finalist, making her the first player in Yale history to accomplish that feat.
Trek to North Country up Next for BulldogsThe Yale women’s ice hockey team is going to great lengths -- literally -- for the chance at a pair of ECAC Hockey victories this weekend. The Bulldogs leave Thursday morning for their trip to St. Lawrence and Clarkson, and by the time the weekend is over they will have traveled almost 800 miles by bus. That is the second-longest trip of the season, trailing only their visit last November to Erie, Pa., for games at No. 5 Mercyhurst (approximately 1,000 miles round trip).
Ladiges’ 46 Saves Not Enough to Stop No. 10 DartmouthSenior goalie Genny Ladiges finished with 46 saves, one shy of her season high, but No. 10 Dartmouth’s 52 shots on goal were enough to give the Big Green a 6-0 win Saturday afternoon at Ingalls Rink. Ladiges has now made 40 or more saves five times in the last seven games, and seven times overall this year. Defenseman Sasha Nanji had a four-point day for the Big Green (two goals, two assists).
No. 9 Harvard Tops YaleNo. 9 Harvard started quickly and never let up against the Yale women’s ice hockey team Friday night at Ingalls Rink, scoring twice in the first five minutes and going on to an 8-0 win.
Watch Games vs. Harvard, Dartmouth Live this Weekend on Yale All-AccessHighlighted by Friday’s special free live broadcast of the Yale men’s basketball game vs. No. 23 Harvard, Yale All-Access has exclusive live video coverage of four games this weekend. Men’s basketball and women’s ice hockey both host the Crimson Friday night at 7 p.m.; on Saturday, the women’s ice hockey team hosts Dartmouth at 4 p.m. and the men’s basketball team hosts the Big Green at 7 p.m.
No. 9 Harvard, No. 10 Dartmouth Visit Ingalls; Youth Day SaturdayThe Yale women’s ice hockey team has a chance to knock off a pair of top-10 opponents this weekend as No. 9 Harvard and No. 10 Dartmouth visit Ingalls Rink. Saturday’s game is Youth Day, with free admission for children 12 and under, raffles, giveaways and a post-game autograph session with the team.
Pair of Power Play Goals Help Brown Past YaleBrown forward Sarah Robson’s hat trick powered the Bears past the Yale women’s hockey team 4-1 Tuesday night at Meehan Auditorium. Robson had one of two power play goals for the Bears, who were 2-for-5 on the man advantage. Senior defenseman Heather Grant scored Yale’s goal, while senior goalie Genny Ladiges finished with 41 saves.
Young Hockey Fans Enjoy Annual "Skate with the Players"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.
Union’s Gallagher Blanks BulldogsYale put a season-high 34 shots on goal Saturday afternoon at Messa Rink, but Union goalie Kate Gallagher stopped them all for her first shutout of the year as the Dutchwomen beat the Bulldogs 2-0. Yale senior goalie Genny Ladiges made 22 saves.