Bulldogs Earn 16 ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team SelectionsThe Yale women’s ice hockey team had 16 student-athletes named to the 2013-14 ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team, which was announced by the league today. The Bulldogs’ honorees included all four seniors: forward Paige Decker (New Preston, Conn.), forward Ashley Dunbar (Hillsborough, N.J.), forward Patricia McGauley (Wilcox, Sask.) and defenseman Tara Tomimoto (Calgary, Alta.) That group combined for 14 All-Academic Team selections during their careers. Decker, McGauley and Tomimoto won the award all four years.
Yale Honors Seven Seniors and One Team at Senior Student-Athlete ReceptionSeven 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. Paige Decker (New Preston, Conn.) of the women’s ice hockey team, Jane Kozey (Ansonia, Conn.) of the women’s crew team and Beau Palin (Oconomowoc, Wisc.) of the football team were the recipients of the Ford Student-Athlete Community Outreach Award. Tucker Kocher (San Francisco, Calif.) of the men’s soccer team and Brenda Seah (Singapore) of the women’s fencing team were the recipients of the Kiphuth Student-Athlete Distinction Award. Pat Killian (Nashville, Tenn.) of the men’s swimming and diving team and Kallie Parchman (Baltimore, Md.) of the women’s lacrosse team were the recipients of the Meyer Humanitarian Award.
Leonoff and Murray Selected for Hockey Canada Strength and Conditioning CampTwo Yale women’s ice hockey student-athletes -- junior goaltender Jaimie Leonoff (Montréal, Qué.) and incoming freshman forward Eden Murray (Medicine Hat, Alta.) -- have been selected to attend Hockey Canada’s National Women’s Program strength and conditioning camp. Hockey Canada announced the camp roster on Apr. 17.
Staenz Named Rookie of the Year by The Hockey WritersFreshman forward Phoebe Staenz (Zürich, Switzerland), an Olympic medalist who led Yale in scoring, has received another honor for her stellar debut season. The Hockey Writers website has selected her as its choice for NCAA Rookie of the Year, part of the End-of-Season Awards that were announced on the website earlier this week. Staenz was also named to the website’s All-Rookie Team.
Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive Adds Nearly 700 Potential Life SaversTo date the annual Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drives at Yale have located at least 23 donor matches for patients with life-threatening illnesses, and that number is likely to increase in the very near future thanks to the Bulldogs’ efforts at the sixth annual drive, held Thursday at Commons. Over the course of nearly seven hours -- with volunteers from the field hockey, football and women’s ice hockey teams leading the way -- Yale added 686 more people to the Be The Match Registry®. That brings the total number of registrants from Yale’s six drives to 4,538.
Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive at Yale Set for Thursday, Apr. 17In 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 Be The Match®, will be held on Thursday, Apr. 17 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 join the Be The Match Registry® through testing that consists of simple cheek swabs.
Kennedy, Leonoff, Murray, Raines and Tomimoto Honored with Team AwardsThe 2013-14 Yale women's ice hockey team gathered in the Schley Room at Ingalls Rink on Friday Mar. 28 for the annual team banquet. The Bulldogs announced the winners of the six team awards, honoring junior defenseman Aurora Kennedy (Mississauga, Ont.), junior goaltender Jaimie Leonoff (Montréal, Qué.), junior defenseman Madi Murray (Medicine Hat, Alta.), junior forward Jackie Raines (London, Ont.) and senior defenseman Tara Tomimoto (Calgary, Alta.) (Tomimoto won two awards). The Bulldogs also introduced Kennedy as the 2014-15 team captain.
Aurora Kennedy Elected Captain for 2014-15Junior defenseman Aurora Kennedy (Mississauga, Ont.) has been elected captain of the Yale women’s ice hockey team for the 2014-15 season. Kennedy was selected by a team vote Wednesday Mar. 26, and was introduced formally at the team’s post-season banquet Friday Mar. 28 in the Schley Room at Ingalls Rink.
Staenz Named a New England Women’s Hockey All-StarFreshman forward Phoebe Staenz (Zürich, Switzerland), an Olympic medalist who led Yale in scoring, has been named to the New England Hockey Writers Division I All-Star Team. The New England Hockey Writers Association announced the team -- which consists of six forwards, four defensemen and two goalies-- on Wednesday. The all-stars will be honored at a banquet on Wednesday, Apr. 16 at the Prince Restaurant in Saugus, Mass.
Staenz Named USCHO Rookie of the YearPhoebe Staenz (Zürich, Switzerland), an Olympic medalist who led Yale in scoring, has been named U.S. College Hockey Online Rookie of the Year. The announcement was made Wednesday on USCHO’s website.
Staenz Earns Three ECAC Hockey Honors, Including Rookie of the YearPhoebe Staenz (Zürich, Switzerland), an Olympic medalist who led Yale in scoring, earned three honors from ECAC Hockey at the conference’s annual banquet Friday night. Staenz was named ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year and third team All-ECAC Hockey along with being selected to the conference’s All-Rookie Team. She is the second Bulldog to earn ECAC Hockey’s Rookie of the Year Award, joining Maria Dennis ’88 (who won the award in 1985).
Yip-Chuck Named ECAC Hockey Rookie of the MonthFreshman forward Krista Yip-Chuck (Whitby, Ont.), who helped the Yale women’s ice hockey team to its first ECAC Hockey playoff appearance since 2008, was named ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Month for February on Thursday. Yip-Chuck was second on the team in goals and points, and tied for second in assists, for the month (3-4-7).
Staenz a Finalist for ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year AwardPhoebe Staenz (Zürich, Switzerland), an Olympic medalist who leads Yale in points, has been named a finalist for ECAC Hockey’s Rookie of the Year Award. Staenz was one of four finalists announced by the league on Sunday, along with forward Genevieve Bannon of Clarkson, forward Hanna Bunton of Cornell and forward Brooke Webster of St. Lawrence. The winner -- determined by a vote of the league’s coaches -- will be announced at the conference’s annual banquet Friday Mar. 7.
No. 5 Harvard Takes Playoff Game Three 4-0, Advances to ECAC Hockey SemifinalsAn unforgettable ECAC Hockey playoff series between the Yale women’s ice hockey team and No. 5 Harvard came to an end Sunday afternoon at Bright-Landry Hockey Center, with the Crimson prevailing 4-0. With the win, Harvard takes the best-of-three quarterfinal series two games to one and advances to next Saturday’s ECAC Hockey semifinals. The loss ends Yale’s season.
No. 5 Harvard Forces Game Three with 3-2 Double OT WinAnother day at Bright-Landry Hockey Center, another double overtime ECAC Hockey playoff battle between the Yale women’s ice hockey team and No. 5 Harvard. A day after the Bulldogs earned a memorable win in game one of the best-of-three ECAC Hockey quarterfinals on a goal by sophomore forward Janelle Ferrara at 17:33 of the second overtime, the Crimson turned the tables and beat Yale 3-2 Saturday on a goal by forward Miye D’Oench at 4:01 of the second extra session. With the win, Harvard forces the Bulldogs to play a decisive game three at Bright-Landry on Sunday at 4:00 p.m.
Ferrara’s Goal in Double OT Gives Yale Epic 3-2 Playoff Win at No. 5 HarvardYale sophomore forward Janelle Ferrara’s power play goal at 17:33 of the second overtime capped an epic ECAC Hockey quarterfinal battle at Bright-Landry Hockey Center Friday night, lifting the Bulldogs to a 3-2 win over No. 5 Harvard that puts the Bulldogs one victory away from advancing to the ECAC Hockey semifinals. Junior goalie Jaimie Leonoff made 55 saves for the win, her second against the Crimson this year. This was Yale’s first postseason win since 2005.
Tomimoto Second Team, Staenz Honorable Mention as All-Ivy League Honors AnnouncedA pair of Yale women’s ice hockey players were honored by the Ivy League on Thursday, as senior defenseman Tara Tomimoto (Calgary, Alta.) earned second team All-Ivy League honors and freshman forward Phoebe Staenz (Zürich, Switzerland) earned honorable mention All-Ivy League honors. The league made the announcement Thursday.
ECAC Hockey Playoffs Will be a Battle in Beantown for BulldogsAfter going unbeaten against No. 5 Harvard in the regular season, the Yale women’s ice hockey team now heads to Massachusetts to take on the Crimson in the ECAC Hockey Championship quarterfinals. The Bulldogs (seeded seventh) and the Crimson (seeded second) will play a best-of-three series (Friday 7:00, Saturday 4:00, Sunday 4:00 if necessary) at Bright-Landry Hockey Center to determine which team advances to the semifinals. The team that wins the ECAC Hockey Championship tournament receives the conference’s automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. This is Yale’s first appearance in the tournament since 2008.
Bulldogs Fall to Dartmouth in Regular Season Finale, 2-1The Yale women’s ice hockey team had already clinched a spot in the ECAC Hockey playoffs entering Saturday, but the Bulldogs were facing a Dartmouth team that still had to win to ensure itself a spot in the postseason. The Big Green poured 42 shots on net in an effort to clinch a playoff spot, and managed to come away with a 2-1 win over the Bulldogs at Ingalls Rink despite 40 saves from junior goaltender Jaimie Leonoff. Yale’s goal came from junior forward Stephanie Mock.
Pair of Power Play Goals Helps Yale Tie No. 5 Harvard 3-3 in OTThe Yale women’s ice hockey team extended its unbeaten streak to four games Friday night at Ingalls Rink, tying No. 5 Harvard 3-3 in overtime. Combined with a 2-0 win at Harvard last month, this marks the first time since the 2005-06 season that Yale has gone unbeaten against the Crimson in the regular season. Yale’s goals, including two on the power play, came from freshman defenseman Taylor Marchin, junior forward Jackie Raines and freshman forward Krista Yip-Chuck.
Staenz, Switzerland Earn Historic Bronze Medal at OlympicsFreshman forward Phoebe Staenz (Zürich, Switzerland) of the Yale women’s ice hockey team was a part of history Thursday at the Olympics, helping the Swiss women’s ice hockey team earn its first Olympic medal. Trailing 2-0 vs. Sweden entering the third period, the Swiss scored four goals -- including the game-tying goal from Staenz on a power play -- to rally for the 4-3 win at Bolshoy Ice Dome. With the win, Switzerland earns the bronze medal.
Raines Named ECAC Hockey Player of the WeekJunior forward Jackie Raines (London, Ont.), who scored four goals Saturday in a 5-3 win at Princeton that clinched an ECAC Hockey playoff berth for the Yale women’s ice hockey team, was named the conference’s Player of the Week on Wednesday.
Rivals No. 5 Harvard and Dartmouth Visit as Bulldogs Pay Tribute to Seniors, Host AlumsWith a berth in the ECAC Hockey playoffs secured last Saturday, the Yale women’s ice hockey team looks to gather momentum in the final weekend of the regular season as No. 5 Harvard (Friday, 7:00 p.m.) and Dartmouth (Saturday, 4:00 p.m.) come to Ingalls Rink. The Bulldogs, who will honor their four seniors at Saturday’s game, will finish in either sixth or seventh place in the final standings. This is also Alumnae Weekend.
Staenz, Switzerland Will Play for Olympic Bronze after Loss to Canada in SemisYale freshman forward Phoebe Staenz (Zürich, Switzerland) and the Swiss women’s ice hockey team will play for a bronze medal at the Olympics after falling to Canada 3-1 in the semifinal round Monday at Shayba Arena. Switzerland will play Sweden, which lost to the U.S. 6-1 in the other semifinal matchup, for the bronze at 7:00 a.m. Eastern time Thursday (televised on NBC Sports Network). The U.S. and Canada will play for gold on Thursday at Noon Eastern.
Raines’ Four-Goal Game Lifts Yale Past Princeton 5-3, Clinches Playoff SpotJunior forward Jackie Raines’ four-goal outburst Saturday afternoon at Baker Rink helped the Yale women’s ice hockey team rally past Princeton for a 5-3 win. The victory clinches a spot in the ECAC Hockey playoffs for Yale, the Bulldogs’ first postseason berth since 2008. Junior goaltender Jaimie Leonoff made 47 saves, including 23 in the first period, for the win.
Staenz and Switzerland Advance to Olympic Semis with 2-0 Win vs. RussiaFreshman forward Phoebe Staenz (Zürich, Switzerland) and Team Switzerland needed a win at the Olympics on Saturday to keep their hopes of an Olympic medal alive, and they got it. The Swiss beat Russia 2-0 in the quarterfinals for their first win of the tournament, earning a spot in the semifinals. The winner of Switzerland’s game vs. Canada on Monday (Noon Eastern time on MSNBC) will play in the gold-medal game next Thursday, while the loser will play in the bronze-medal game. The other semifinal pits Sweden vs. the United States.
Bulldogs Rally from 2-0 Deficit for 3-3 OT Tie at No. 10 QuinnipiacThe Yale women’s ice hockey team rallied from a 2-0 deficit to earn a 3-3 tie in overtime with No. 10 Quinnipiac Friday night at TD Bank Sports Center. The Bulldogs’ comeback was fueled by goals from freshman forward Krista Yip-Chuck, sophomore defenseman Kate Martini and sophomore forward Hanna Åström. Junior goalie Jaimie Leonoff made 27 saves.
Staenz Scores First Olympic Goal, but Switzerland Falls to Finland in OTFreshman forward Phoebe Staenz (Zürich, Switzerland) scored the first Olympic goal by a Yale women’s ice hockey player on Wednesday, but Switzerland fell to Finland 4-3 in overtime. The Swiss are winless in their first three games at the Olympics, and must win their quarterfinal matchup on Saturday at 7:30 a.m. Eastern on MSNBC to advance to the medal round.
Last Regular-Season Road Trip Takes Yale to No. 10 QU, PrincetonThe Yale women’s ice hockey team makes the final regular-season road trip of the season this weekend, and the Bulldogs’ results at No. 10 Quinnipiac (Friday, 7:00 p.m., ESPN3) and Princeton (Saturday, 4:00 p.m.) will go a long way towards determining where they are the weekend of Feb. 28 -- when the ECAC Hockey playoffs start. Yale enters the weekend in seventh place, one point ahead of eighth-place Rensselaer and two points ahead of ninth-place Dartmouth. The Bulldogs still could finish anywhere from in the top four (in which case they would host a quarterfinal playoff series) to out of the playoffs entirely.
Staenz, Switzerland Fall to Team USA at OlympicsFreshman forward Phoebe Staenz (Zürich, Switzerland) of the Yale women’s ice hockey team faced Team USA as a member of Team Switzerland at the Olympics Monday. This was Switzerland’s second game of the Olympics, having fallen to Canada 5-0 on Saturday. Staenz once again led her team in shots on Monday -- she had three -- but the Swiss fell to the U.S. 9-0. Switzerland next plays Finland, on Wednesday at 3:00 a.m. Eastern. That game will be televised on MSNBC.
Yale, Rensselaer Skate to 2-2 OT TieThe battle for one of ECAC Hockey’s eight playoff spots took center stage at Ingalls Rink Saturday afternoon as the Yale women’s ice hockey team hosted Rensselaer. The two teams were separated by just one point in the standings entering the day -- Yale in seventh place with 14 points, and Rensselaer tied for eighth with 13 points. With only two weekends of regular season games left, both teams were in need of points to secure a spot in the postseason. And in the end, they both got one. Power play goals by junior forward Jackie Raines and sophomore defenseman Kate Martini, combined with 26 saves from junior goalie Jaimie Leonoff, helped Yale come away with a 2-2 overtime tie vs. the Engineers.
Staenz Makes Olympic DebutFreshman forward Phoebe Staenz (Zürich, Switzerland) of the Yale women’s ice hockey team made her Olympic debut Saturday, skating for her native Switzerland in an opening round game vs. Canada. Staenz had a team-high four shots on goal, but the Swiss fell to Canada -- which has won the last three Olympic gold medals -- 5-0. Switzerland next plays the U.S., which beat Finland 3-1 on Saturday.
Staenz, Switzerland Start Olympic Competition SaturdayFreshman forward Phoebe Staenz (Zürich, Switzerland) of the Yale women’s ice hockey team will start competition for her native Switzerland at the Olympics this Saturday in Sochi, Russia. Switzerland opens with a game vs. Canada that can be seen live in the United States at 8:00 a.m. Eastern on MSNBC.
Power Play Goals Lift Union Past Yale 3-1The Union women’s hockey team entered Friday with the fifth-best power play in the country, 19.3 percent, and Yale found out just how dangerous that unit was Friday night at Ingalls Rink. After a scoreless first period in which Yale outshot Union 13-7, the Dutchwomen turned the tables with 17 shots and two power play goals in the second. They then held on for a 3-1 win, with Yale’s lone goal coming from sophomore forward Jamie Haddad.
Battle for Playoff Position Heats Up with Visits from Union, RPIWith just three weekends of regular season games remaining, the Yale women’s ice hockey team looks to solidify its hold on a spot in the ECAC Hockey playoffs this weekend as a pair of teams below the Bulldogs in the standings come to Ingalls Rink. Seventh-place Yale hosts 11th-place Union on Friday at 7:00 p.m. and Rensselaer, which is tied for eighth place, on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. With two wins and four points this weekend, the Bulldogs could climb as high as sixth in the standings and get within striking distance of the four home-ice spots in the conference quarterfinals.
Staenz Earns Second Straight ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Month AwardFreshman forward Phoebe Staenz (Zürich, Switzerland) was honored by ECAC Hockey on Wednesday, earning her second straight conference Rookie of the Month honor for her performance the past month. Staenz had seven points (2-5-7) in January despite playing in only six games due to her obligations with the Swiss National Team.
Yale Falls 2-1 at ColgateColgate grabbed an early lead with a 5-on-3 goal Saturday afternoon against the Yale women’s ice hockey team at Starr Rink, built the lead with a second-period goal at even strength, then held on for a 2-1 win after the Bulldogs got a 5-on-3 goal from sophomore forward Hanna Åström late in the third.
Three-Goal Third Lifts No. 6 Cornell Past Yale 6-3The Yale women’s ice hockey team had a pair of leads Friday night at No. 6 Cornell, but ultimately the Big Red rallied for a 6-3 win with three goals in the third period. The loss snapped a five-game unbeaten streak for the Bulldogs, Yale’s longest unbeaten streak in seven years. It also ended a three-game winless streak for Cornell.
Unbeaten Streak on the Line as Yale Visits No. 6 Cornell and ColgateWith a win and a tie in a home-and-home series vs. Brown last weekend, the Yale women’s ice hockey team has extended its unbeaten streak to five games -- the team’s longest unbeaten streak in seven years. The Bulldogs also gained three points in the ECAC Hockey standings and moved into a tie for sixth place. That puts them four points away from fourth place -- and one of the four home ice spots for the conference quarterfinal playoff series -- with four weekends of regular season games left. This weekend Yale visits No. 6 Cornell and Colgate.
Staenz Earns Fifth ECAC Hockey Weekly HonorFreshman forward Phoebe Staenz (Zürich, Switzerland) was honored by ECAC Hockey on Tuesday for her role in Yale’s three-point weekend in a home-and-home series vs. Brown. Staenz was named ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week after scoring one goal and adding a pair of assists.