February 25, 2011

Jackee Snikeris a Finalist for ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Year

Winner to be Announced Next Tuesday

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale 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.

Snikeris' .941 save percentage currently has her ranked seventh in the country. That figure set the school record in that category, and gives her four of the top eight single-season save percentage marks in Yale history. Her 1.98 goals-against average this season ranks third on Yale's single-season list, and she has four of the top seven single-season goals-against averages in Yale history.

Snikeris had three shutouts this season, extending her school career record in that category to 16 -- four more than any other player. She also finished her 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 accomplished it all while playing through an injury, suffered in the third game of the year, that cost her seven games.

Snikeris is a history of science, history of medicine major in Branford College. She will earn her fourth ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team selection this season. 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.

Prior to Yale, Snikeris attended the Taft School and played for the Connecticut Polar Bears.

The ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Year Award is determined by a vote of the league's 12 coaches. The winner will be announced Mar. 1. The other finalists are Quinnipiac's Victoria Vigilanti and Princeton's Rachel Weber.

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

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