Clarke, Ketchum and Snikeris Earn All-Ivy Honors
Snikeris First Team, Ketchum Second Team, Clarke Honorable Mention
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - 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.
Snikeris, who was an honorable mention All-Ivy League selection two years ago, is a nominee for the Kazmaier Award as the top women's college hockey player this year. Her save percentage of .927 (740 saves, 58 goals allowed) places her 11th in the country. She lowered her season goals-against average to 2.47 by allowing only 33 goals in her last 16 games (2.05 GAA), posting a .943 save percentage in that span. Her 270 saves in Ivy League games placed her second in the league in that category. Earlier this season she broke the Yale career record for shutouts with her 13th -- in just her 49th career game. Her four shutouts for the year also include a 1-0 blanking of St. Lawrence that gave the Bulldogs their first win over the Saints in history (they had been 0-35-1).
Snikeris is on pace to break the Yale career goals-against average record (she is at 2.16) and finish second on Yale's all-time save percentage list (she is at .927). She posted the lowest goal-against average in school history last season (1.67) while setting the school record for single-season save percentage (.934) and tying the school record for single-season shutouts (five).
Prior to Yale, Snikeris played for Taft and the Connecticut Polar Bears. A history of science/history of medicine major who plans to go to medical school, she is in Branford College at Yale.
Also a nominee for the Kazmaier Award as the top women's college hockey player, Ketchum led Yale in goals (12), power-play goals (5) and points (23) and tied for the team lead in assists (11). That included 10 points in Ivy League games (3-7-10), tied for seventh in the league in that category. She had seven multiple-point games and three different scoring streaks of four or more straight games. She was called for just four penalties all season.
Ketchum has 34 career goals, 32 career assists and 66 career points, more than any other player on Yale's roster. She is already in the top 18 on Yale's all-time lists in all of those categories, and is on pace to finish sixth all-time in goals. She tied for the team lead in goals in 2007-08 (13), was second in points (24), and was a second team All-Ivy League selection.
Prior to Yale, Ketchum played for Greenwich Academy and the Connecticut Stars. She was a four-time USA Hockey player development camp selection. An American studies major, she is a member of Davenport College.
Clarke, who is a nominee for the NCAA Frozen Four Skills Challenge, was part of Yale's top defensive pair all season long. One of the team's best defensive players and top penalty killers, she helped the Bulldogs kill off every penalty in six of 10 Ivy League games, and there was one other league game where Yale allowed just one power-play goal. She scored two of her three goals on the season, and had one of her six assists, in Ivy League games.
One of Yale's best defenders throughout her career, Clarke missed just three games in four years. She totaled 12 goals and 28 assists for 40 points.
Prior to Yale, Clarke attended Ridley College and played for Team Nova Scotia. An economics major, she is a member of Branford College.
Yale's All-Ivy League Selections since 2004-05:
Jackee Snikeris, Jr., G (First Team)
Bray Ketchum, Jr., F (Second Team)
Alyssa Clarke, Sr., D (Honorable Mention)
Bray Ketchum, So., F (Second Team)
Helen Resor, Sr., D (Second Team)
Alyssa Clarke, So., D (Honorable Mention)
Crysti Howser, Jr., F (Honorable Mention)
Jackee Snikeris, Fr., G (Honorable Mention)
Helen Resor, So., D (Second Team)
Deena Caplette, Sr., F (Second Team)
Sarah Love, Sr., G (Second Team)
Crysti Howser, Fr., F (Honorable Mention)
Erin Duggan, Sr., D (Second Team)
Sarah Love, Jr., G (Second Team)
2009-10 Ivy League Women's Ice Hockey Postseason Awards
First Team All-Ivy
F - Catherine White, Cornell (So., Brampton, Ont.)
F - Sarah Parsons, Dartmouth (Sr., Dover, Mass.)
F - *Kate Buesser, Harvard (Jr., Wolfeboro, N.H.)
D - *Laura Fortino, Cornell (Fr., Hamilton, Ont.)
D - Lauriane Rougeau, Cornell (Fr., Beaconsfield, Que.)
G - Amanda Mazzotta, Cornell (So., London, Ont.)
G - Jacklyn Snikeris, Yale (Jr., Downingtown, Pa.)
Second Team All-Ivy
F - Chelsea Karpenko, Cornell (So., Winnipeg, Man.)
F - Jillian Dempsey, Harvard (Fr., Winthrop, Mass.)
F - Bray Ketchum, Yale (Jr., Greenwich, Conn.)
D - Leanna Coskren, Harvard (Jr., Walpole, Mass.)
D - Sasha Sherry, Princeton (Jr., Lehighton, Pa.)
G - Katie Jamieson, Brown (Fr., Waterloo, Ont.)
F - Danielle DiCesare, Princeton (So., York, Maine)
F - Paula Romanchuk, Princeton (So., San Jose, Calif.)
D - Cori Bassett, Harvard (Sr., Anchorage, Alaska)
D - Alyssa Clarke, Yale (Sr., Donkin, N.S.)
G - Christina Kessler, Harvard (Sr., Oakville, Ont.)
Player of the Year
Catherine White, Cornell (So., Brampton, Ont.)
Rookie of the Year
Lauriane Rougeau, Cornell (Fr., Beaconsfield, Que.)
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (email@example.com), Yale Sports Publicity