Jackee Snikeris Earns First Team All-Ivy Honors

Jackee Snikeris. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Jackee Snikeris. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Senior Goalie Repeats Feat from a Year Ago

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Senior 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.

In 2009-10, Snikeris became the first Yale player to earn first team All-Ivy honors since Sarah Love '06 in 2003-04. Snikeris followed that up by producing some of the best numbers of her career this year. Her 2010-11 season almost came to a premature end in just the third game, when she was injured in the first period of Yale's 3-3 overtime tie at Harvard. She missed seven games in a row after that, then returned with a vengeance. Her .941 save percentage currently has her ranked No. 7 in the country and is the school record in that category. Her 1.98 goals-against average is third-best in Yale history.

Snikeris had a .921 save percentage in Ivy League games, and three Ivy games where she made 32 or more saves. That included a shutout of Brown in February, one of a school-record 16 shutouts for her career. She also made 35 saves against Dartmouth in January and helped Yale to a 2-1 win at Princeton in December by stopping 26 of 27 shots.

Snikeris finished her Yale career with a save percentage of .931, breaking the school record in that category (.915, Sarah Love '06) by 16 points. She had a career goals-against average of 2.12, breaking the school record in that category (2.61, Shivon Zilis '08) by nearly half a goal. Her 2,092 career saves place her fifth on Yale's all-time list.

Snikeris is a history of science, history of medicine major in Branford College and intends to go to medical school. She will earn her fourth ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team selection this season, and has been nominated for the ECAC Hockey Student-Athlete of the Year Award. She will be published in the Journal of Surgical Radiology for research work she did this past summer at Stamford Hospital.

 In addition to her work on the ice and in the classroom this year, Snikeris has also been active in the community. She and her Yale teammates will soon lead their third annual bone marrow donor testing drive, an event they became involved in because of teammate Mandi Schwartz' battle with cancer. Snikeris and her teammates have been involved in multiple activities to raise funds and awareness for Mandi's cause, including the "White Out for Mandi" that brought a record crowd of 1,066 out to a game at Ingalls Rink earlier this year. They have also "adopted" a nine-year-old Yale-New Haven Hospital patient, Giana, who is recovering from surgery for a brain tumor. Among other community service initiatives, Snikeris also participates in Yale's Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society and had volunteered at a local hospice. She is a graduate of Yale Athletics' Kiphuth Leadership Academy, designed to help Yale student-athletes become world-class leaders.

This is the second major honor of the week for Snikeris. On Monday she was announced as a nominee for the Kazmaier Award as the top player in women's college hockey.

Prior to coming to Yale, Snikeris graduated from the Taft School and played for the Connecticut Polar Bears.

The All-Ivy League team is determined by a vote of the league's eight head coaches.

Yale First-Team All-Ivy League Selections
1990-91 Maureen Magauran, G
1991-92 Maureen Magauran, G
1994-95 Laurie Belliveau, G
1995-96 Laurie Belliveau, G
1996-97 Laurie Belliveau, G
1997-98 Laurie Belliveau, G
2003-04 Sarah Love, G
2009-10 Jackee Snikeris, G
2010-11 Jackee Snikeris, G


2010-11 Ivy League Women's Ice Hockey Honors:

Player of the Year
Laura Fortino, Cornell (So., D, Hamilton, Ontario) 

Rookie of the Year
*Brianne Jenner, Cornell (Fr., F, Oakville, Ontario)

First Team All-Ivy (7)^
*F – Brianne Jenner, Cornell (Fr., Oakville, Ontario)
F – Rebecca Johnston, Cornell (Jr., Sudbury, Ont.)
F – Chelsea Karpenko, Cornell (Jr., Winnipeg, Manitoba)
F – Kelly Foley, Dartmouth (Jr., Boston, Mass.)
D – Laura Fortino, Cornell (So., Hamilton, Ontario)
D – Josephine Pucci, Harvard (So., Pearl River, N.Y.)
G – Jackee Snikeris, Yale (Sr., Downingtown, Pa.)

Second Team All-Ivy (7)^
F – Catherine White, Cornell (Jr., Brampton, Ontario)
F – Amanda Trunzo, Dartmouth (Sr., Andover, Minn.)
F – Liza Ryabkina, Harvard (Sr., Kharkiv, Ukraine)
F – Jillian Dempsey, Harvard (So., Winthrop, Mass.)
D – Lauriane Rougeau, Cornell (So., Beaconsfield, Quebec)
D – Sasha Sherry, Princeton (Sr., Lehighton, Pa.)
G – Rachel Weber, Princeton (Jr., Hudson, Wis.)

Honorable Mention (3)
D – Leanna Coskren, Harvard (Sr., Walpole, Mass.)
D – Sasha Nanji, Dartmouth (So., Markham, Ont.)
G – Lindsay Holdcroft, Dartmouth (Fr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) 

* - unanimous selection
^ - due to ties in the voting, each team includes 7 players

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity