March 30, 2011

Jackee Snikeris Named to New England All-Star Team

Record-Setting Senior Goalie Adds another Award

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Senior goalie Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.) added another accolade on Wednesday, as she was named to the 2010-11 New England Hockey Writers All-Star Team. Snikeris, who was also Kazmaier Award nominee, ECAC Hockey's Student-Athlete of the Year, ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Year, first team All-ECAC Hockey, and first team All-Ivy League, is the first Bulldog to earn All-New England honors since Helen Resor '09 in 2006-07. She and the other all-stars will be honored at a banquet on Wednesday, Apr. 13 at the Prince Restaurant in Saugus, Mass.

Snikeris posted some of the most remarkable numbers of her stellar career this past season, highlighted by her .941 save percentage that placed her 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.

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.

Prior to coming to Yale Snikeris graduated cum laude from the Taft School, where she was a two-time captain of the ice hockey team and won the school's Patsy K. Odden Award for leadership and sportsmanship. She also played for the Connecticut Polar Bears, earning Easton Skills Overall Best Goaltender and winning the Breakaway competition at 2007 US Nationals.

Yale and the New England Hockey Writers' Association Division I All-Star Team
2003-04 G Sarah Love
2004-05 D Erin Duggan
2006-07 D Helen Resor
2010-11 G Jackee Snikeris

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