Jackee Snikeris Named First Team All-ECAC Hockey

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

First Bulldog on First Team since 2004-05

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Senior goaltender Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.) was named first team All-ECAC Hockey on Tuesday, becoming the first Yale player to earn first-team honors since Erin Duggan '05 in 2004-05. The honor marks another achievement for the record-setting Yale net minder, who was named first team All-Ivy League last week and is also a nominee for the Kazmaier Award as the top player in women's college hockey. Snikeris is also a finalist for two more ECAC Hockey awards, Goaltender of the Year and Student-Athlete of the Year, which will be announced later this week.

Snikeris posted some of the most remarkable numbers of her stellar career this past season, highlighted by her .941 save percentage that 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, trailing only her own 1.67 mark from 2008-09 and the 1.978 mark posted by June Mendoza '80 in 1978-79. Snikeris has four of the top seven single-season goals-against averages in Yale history.

In 16 conference games this season, Snikeris posted a .940 save percentage, second only to Cornell's Amanda Mazzotta. Snikeris had a 1.91 goals-against average in ECAC Hockey games.

Snikeris had three shutouts this season, all in ECAC Hockey games. She extended 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 played her best down the stretch, as Yale vied for an ECAC Hockey playoff spot despite missing two key defensemen due to season-ending injuries. She had three shutouts in her final seven games, stopping 202 out of 211 shots in that span for a .957 save percentage and a 1.27 goals-against average. She made 32 or more saves four times in those seven games. Her season was also highlighted by a career-best 49-save effort Jan. 3 against Boston College.

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.

The All-ECAC Hockey honorees are determined by a vote of the league's 12 coaches.

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

 

Yale's First Team All-ECAC Hockey Selections
1995-96   Laurie Belliveau, G
1996-97 Laurie Belliveau, G
1997-98 Laurie Belliveau, G
2004-05 Erin Duggan, D
2010-11 Jackee Snikeris, G

 

2010-11 All-ECAC Hockey

FIRST TEAM
Forward Kelly Babstock, Quinnipiac
Forward Rebecca Johnston, Cornell
Forward Brianne Jenner, Cornell
Defense Laura Fortino, Cornell
Defense Lauriane Rougeau, Cornell
Goaltender Jackee Snikeris, Yale

SECOND TEAM
Forward Chelsea Karpenko, Cornell
Forward Jillian Dempsey, Harvard
Forward Kelly Foley, Dartmouth
Defense Josephine Pucci, Harvard
Defense Sasha Sherry, Princeton
Goaltender Rachel Weber, Princeton

THIRD TEAM
Forward Catherine White, Cornell
Forward Kelly Sabatine, St. Lawrence
Forward Liza Ryabkina, Harvard
Defense Sasha Nanji, Dartmouth
Defense Leanna Coskren, Harvard
Goaltender Victoria Vigilanti, Quinnipiac

ALL-ROOKIE TEAM
Forward Kelly Babstock, Quinnipiac
Forward Brianne Jenner, Cornell
Forward Carly Mercer, Clarkson
Defense Alyssa Gagliardi, Cornell
Defense Marissa Gedman, Harvard
Goaltender Erica Howe, Clarkson