Bulldogs Place 18 on ECAC Hockey All-Academic TeamThe Yale women’s ice hockey team had 18 student-athletes named to the 2012-13 ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team, which was announced by the league Wednesday. Yale’s 18 selections were the second-most in the conference. The Bulldogs’ honorees included six members of the Class of 2013: goaltender Erin Callahan (Kenilworth, Ill.), defenseman Emily DesMeules (North Pomfret, Vt.), Jen Matichuk (St. Albert, Alta.), Danielle Moncion (Round Lake Center, Ont.), Natalie Wedell (Arden Hills, Minn.) and Alyssa Zupon (Basking Ridge, N.J.). That group combined for 22 All-Academic Team selections during the past four years. Callahan, DesMeules, Wedell and Zupon won the award all four years.
Leonoff Earns Spot at Hockey Canada Goalie CampRising Yale junior goaltender Jaimie Leonoff (Montreal, Que.) has been selected to attend Hockey Canada’s National Women’s Program Goaltending Camp. The camp, which includes the top Under-22 Development Team goaltenders and the top Under-18 Team goaltenders in Hockey Canada’s system, takes place June 6-9 at Hockey Canada’s home rink, the Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.
Final “Get in the Game. Save a Life.” Results In; Yale Drive Leads Nation AgainWith the final numbers now in from across the country, Yale has officially led the nation in potential life-saving marrow donors added to the Be The Match Registry® through the “Get in the Game. Save a Life.” campaign. Yale’s total of new registrants at its drive, named in memory of women’s ice hockey player Mandi Schwartz ’10 (1988-2011), was 843. The second-best total was 581 from the University of Delaware. The “Get in the Game. Save a Life.” campaign included 38 colleges and universities this year.
Yale Honors Seven Seniors and One Team with Annual Awards at Senior ReceptionSeven seniors and one team were honored by the Yale Athletics Department with awards at the annual senior student-athlete reception Saturday afternoon at the Lanman Center in Payne Whitney Gymnasium. The women’s fencing team earned the Brodhead Award for highest team grade point average. Sam Haig (Greenwich, Conn.) of the men’s squash team, Heather May (Newport Beach, Calif.) of the coed and women’s sailing teams and Alyssa Zupon (Basking Ridge, N.J.) of the women’s ice hockey team were the recipients of the Ford Student-Athlete Community Outreach Award. Dakota McCoy (Wexford, Pa.) of the women’s track and field team and Patrick O’Keefe (Pittsford, N.Y.) of the lightweight crew team were the recipients of the Kiphuth Student-Athlete Distinction Award. Lexy Adams (Lancaster, Pa.) of the field hockey team and Collin Bibb (San Antonio, Texas) of the football team were the recipients of the Meyer Humanitarian Award.
Graham, Leonoff, Moncion, Tomimoto and Zupon Honored with Team AwardsThe 2012-13 Yale women's ice hockey team gathered at The Course at Yale on Wednesday Apr. 17 for the annual team banquet. The Bulldogs announced the winners of the six team awards, honoring freshman goaltender Rachelle Graham (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.), sophomore goaltender Jaimie Leonoff (Montreal, Que.), senior forward Danielle Moncion (Round Lake Center, Ont.), junior defenseman Tara Tomimoto (Calgary, Alta.) and senior forward Alyssa Zupon (Basking Ridge, N.J.). The Bulldogs also introduced Tomimoto as the 2013-14 team captain.
Tara Tomimoto Elected Captain for 2013-14Junior defenseman Tara Tomimoto (Calgary, Alta.) has been elected captain of the Yale women’s ice hockey team for the 2013-14 season. Tomimoto was selected by a team vote last month, and was introduced formally at the team’s post-season banquet Apr. 17 at The Course at Yale.
Leonoff Selected for Hockey Canada U-22/Development Team Conditioning CampSophomore goaltender Jaimie Leonoff (Montreal, Que.), who posted the fourth-best single season save total and sixth-best single season save percentage in school history this past year, has been selected to attend Hockey Canada’s National Women’s Under-22/Development Team Conditioning Camp. She is taking part in conditioning at the MasterCard Centre in Toronto this weekend.
Big Day at Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive: 843 More Potential Life-Saving DonorsBy the time Thursday’s Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive at Yale took place, the previous four annual drives had already added more than 3,000 people to the Be The Match Registry® and identified at least 17 donor matches for patients with life-threatening illnesses. The three Yale teams that organize the drive each year -- field hockey, football and women’s ice hockey -- had a high standard to live up to in order to keep saving lives at such a rapid pace.
17 and Counting: Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive ThursdayAt least 17 life-saving donor matches for patients in need have been found through the Yale athletic department’s annual Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive during the last four years. This Thursday, the Bulldogs will attempt to add to that total. The drive, which is part of the nationwide “Get in the Game. Save a Life.” campaign for the Be The Match Registry®, will be held Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Commons on the corner of College Street and Grove Street in New Haven. It is open to the general public. Donors that could help save lives are located through a registration process that consists of simple cheek swabs.
Yale’s Alyssa Zupon Earns Sarah Devens AwardYale women’s ice hockey captain Alyssa Zupon (Basking Ridge, N.J.), a senior forward, has been named the winner of the 2012-13 Sarah Devens Award. Given as a joint award between ECAC Hockey and Hockey East, the Devens Award is presented annually to a student-athlete who "demonstrates leadership and commitment both on and off the ice."
Assistant Coach Koizumi Wins Clarkson Cup as Boston Beats Montreal for CWHL TitleYale assistant coach Jessica Koizumi helped the Boston Blades win the Canadian Women’s Hockey League championship Saturday afternoon, earning the Clarkson Cup -- regarded as the Stanley Cup of women’s ice hockey -- in the process. The Blades defeated the Montreal Stars, the team which had won the last two Clarkson Cups, 5-2 at Centennial Arena in Markham, Ont.
Assistant Coach Koizumi Playing for CWHL Championship SaturdayYale assistant coach Jessica Koizumi will compete for the championship of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League Saturday afternoon as the team she is on, the Boston Blades, takes on the defending champion Montreal Stars Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at Centennial Arena in Markham, Ont. The winner of the championship earns the Clarkson Cup, regarded as the Stanley Cup of women’s ice hockey.
Flygh Part of Team Sweden’s Staff for Upcoming IIHF World ChampionshipYale women’s ice hockey head coach Joakim Flygh will be a part of the upcoming IIHF Women’s World Championship in Ottawa, Ont., from Apr. 2-9. Flygh will serve as video coach for his native Sweden in the tournament, which also includes teams from Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Russia, Switzerland and the United States. Sweden’s roster features Olympians such as Jenni Asserholt and Kim Martin.
Yale’s Alyssa Zupon Earns ECAC Hockey’s Mandi Schwartz AwardYale women’s ice hockey captain Alyssa Zupon (Basking Ridge, N.J.) was part of the last class of Bulldogs who had the chance to skate with Mandi Schwartz ’10 (1988-2011). Zupon and her fellow seniors were freshmen when Mandi, during a brief period of remission in her battle with cancer, returned to Yale in 2010 and practiced with the team for several months before relapsing. On Friday night, at ECAC Hockey’s annual awards banquet, Zupon’s Yale career came full circle when she was named the winner of the conference’s award named in Mandi’s honor. Zupon was selected based on her work both on and off the ice, as the award recognizes the conference’s top student-athlete.
Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive at Yale Set for Thursday, Apr. 18In recognition of the impact her courageous battle with cancer has had on efforts to save lives through marrow donor registration drives, the Yale athletic department will once again hold a drive in memory of women’s ice hockey player Mandi Schwartz ’10 (Wilcox, Sask.) (1988-2011). The Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive at Yale, which is part of the nationwide “Get in the Game. Save a Life.” campaign for the Be The Match Registry®, will be held on Thursday, Apr. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this year. The drive, which takes place at Commons on the corner of College Street and Grove Street in New Haven, is open to the general public. Donors that could help save lives are located through testing that consists of simple cheek swabs.
Leonoff Named Second Team All-Ivy LeagueSophomore goaltender Jaimie Leonoff (Montreal, Que.), who posted the fourth-best save total and sixth-best single season save percentage in school history this past year, has been named second team All-Ivy League. The league made the announcement Thursday.
Valiant Effort Comes Up Short in Finale; Bulldogs Fall 3-1 at No. 7 HarvardThe Yale women’s ice hockey team battled right to the end of the 2012-13 season Tuesday night at the Bright Center against No. 7 Harvard. The Bulldogs had the game tied 1-1 heading into the third period thanks to a goal from junior forward Patricia McGauley, but the Crimson wound up going ahead with 15:30 left in the game and adding an empty-net goal for a 3-1 win. Sophomore goalie Jaimie Leonoff finished with 35 saves.
Season Finale Tuesday Night at No. 7 HarvardThe Yale women’s ice hockey team knocked off one of its biggest rivals, Princeton, in the home finale last Saturday. The Bulldogs will look to repeat that feat against another rival this Tuesday (7:00 p.m.), as they travel to No. 7 Harvard for the final game of the season. The game was originally scheduled for Feb. 8 but was postponed due to winter storm Nemo.
Seniors Star in 4-2 Comeback Win Over PrincetonThe plan for the Yale women's ice hockey team heading into Saturday's Senior Day game at Ingalls Rink was to have all six active seniors start, and that was exactly what the Bulldogs did. But there was no way to plan what wound up happening after that -- a storybook ending that featured the Class of 2013 prominently. Trailing 2-0 midway through, the Bulldogs rallied to tie the game on a pair of goals by senior forwards Alyssa Zupon and Natalie Wedell. Then, after sophomore forward Lynn Kennedy gave Yale the lead in the third period and junior defenseman Tara Tomimoto added an empty netter, those seniors all were back together on the ice for the final shift. Senior goalie Erin Callahan was at the center of the celebration of the 4-2 victory, as she made 34 saves in her second start of the season.
Leonoff Stops 48, but Bobcats Blank Bulldogs 4-0The Yale women’s ice hockey team saw its chance for an ECAC Hockey playoff spot come to an end Friday night, as a 4-0 loss to Quinnipiac at Ingalls Rink combined with Princeton’s 2-1 win at Brown eliminated the Bulldogs from playoff contention. The Bulldogs also had their streak of 31 straight successful penalty kills brought to an end. Sophomore goalie Jaimie Leonoff did all she could to keep her team in the game, finishing with 48 saves, but a 52-12 shot advantage for the Bobcats proved to be too much to overcome. Four different players scored for Quinnipiac.
Final Weekend at Ingalls Includes Senior Day SaturdayWith a spot in the ECAC Hockey playoffs still within reach, the Yale women’s ice hockey team hosts its final games of the year at Ingalls Rink this weekend. After playing Quinnipiac Friday at 7:00 p.m., Yale plays Princeton at 4:00 p.m. Saturday for Senior Day. The Bulldogs will honor goalie Erin Callahan (Kenilworth, Ill.), defenseman Emily DesMeules (North Pomfret, Vt.), defenseman Jamie Gray (Calgary, Alta.), forward Jen Matichuk (St. Albert, Alta.), forward Danielle Moncion (Round Lake Center, Ont.), forward Natalie Wedell (Arden Hills, Minn.) and forward Alyssa Zupon (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Yale’s captain. Zupon will also be recognized for her selection as one of five finalists nationwide for the BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award.
Martini Named ECAC Hockey Rookie of the WeekYale freshman defenseman Kate Martini (King City, Ont.) has been named ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday. Martini had three goals last week, including one in each game.
Yale’s Alyssa Zupon One of Five Finalists Nationally for Hockey Humanitarian AwardYale women’s ice hockey captain Alyssa Zupon (Basking Ridge, N.J.), whose community service efforts have spanned the world, has been named a finalist for the 2013 BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award. The award, which is in its 18th season, is open to all men’s and women’s hockey players at the Division I and Division III levels; it seeks to honor “college hockey’s finest citizen”. The five finalists were announced Friday on the NHL Radio Network.
Yale, Union Skate to 1-1 TieAfter allowing a late game-tying goal, the Yale women’s ice hockey team wound up with a 1-1 tie against Union Saturday afternoon at Ingalls Rink. The Bulldogs had taken a 1-0 lead on a goal by freshman defenseman Kate Martini with 14:27 to play, but Union scored with an extra attacker with 15.8 seconds left to tie the game.
RPI Rallies Past Yale in Third, 4-2The Yale women’s ice hockey team was less than 16 minutes away from a critical win Friday night at Ingalls, but three goals in a 10-minute span of the third period by RPI left the Bulldogs with a 4-2 loss that dropped them into a tie for 10th in the ECAC Hockey standings.
RPI, Union at Ingalls This WeekendJust two weekends of regular season games remain, and the ECAC Hockey women’s standings are tightly packed near the eighth and final conference playoff spot. Yale is one of the teams in that mix, and the Bulldogs have a chance to make a move up in the standings as RPI (Friday, 7:00 p.m.) and Union (Saturday, 4:00 p.m.) come to Ingalls Rink for a pair of conference games this weekend.
Dartmouth Overcomes 45-Save Effort by Leonoff, Tops Yale 4-2Sophomore goaltender Jaimie Leonoff made 45 saves for the Yale women’s ice hockey team, her fifth game this season with 40 or more saves, but it was not enough to deny Dartmouth Tuesday night at Thompson Arena. The Big Green outshot the Bulldogs 49-17 to come away with a 4-2 win. Sophomore forward Lynn Kennedy and freshman defenseman Kate Martini scored Yale’s goals.
Visit to Dartmouth Tuesday Up Next for BulldogsThe Yale women's ice hockey team heads to Dartmouth Tuesday to play the game that was originally scheduled for last Saturday but postponed multiple times due to the snowstorm in the Northeast. Yale's game at Harvard scheduled for last Friday has been postponed, and a makeup date has yet to be determined.
Goals by Åström, Decker Help Yale Tie QU 2-2As the end of the regular season draws near, the Yale women’s ice hockey team finds itself locked in a battle for ECAC Hockey’s eighth and final playoff spot. The Bulldogs had a tall task Saturday afternoon, heading to TD Bank Sports Center to take on a Quinnipiac team that had won eight of its last 10 games and is jockeying for one of the four home ice quarterfinal spots. Thanks to 34 saves from sophomore goalie Jaimie Leonoff and goals by freshman forward Hanna Åström and junior forward Patricia McGauley, the Bulldogs came away with a 2-2 tie that gives them a crucial point in the ECAC Hockey standings.
Third-Period Outburst by Princeton Gives Tigers 3-1 WinThe Yale women’s ice hockey team was within 13 minutes of a crucial win in the race for an ECAC Hockey playoff spot Friday night at Princeton. But in a season full of close calls, the Bulldogs saw another game slip through their grasp. The Tigers got two goals in a span of less than four minutes midway through the third period, then put the game away with an empty netter for a 3-1 win.
Visit to Princeton, Quinnipiac Could Help Solidify Playoff SpotWith a 2-0 win over Colgate last Saturday in the annual “White Out for Mandi”, the Yale women’s ice hockey team lifted itself into the last available spot for the ECAC Hockey playoffs. With four weekends to go, though, the Bulldogs still have plenty of work to do. In addition to being tied for eighth with Colgate (Yale holds the tiebreaker on the Raiders), the Bulldogs’ lead over the two teams tied for 10th (Brown and Princeton) is just one point. And six points separate them from seventh-place RPI. That all adds to the intensity as Yale hits the road for four conference games over the next two weekends, starting with visits to Princeton (Friday, 7:00 p.m.) and Quinnipiac (Saturday, 4:00 p.m.) this weekend.
A White Out -- and a Shut Out -- for Mandi as Yale Beats Colgate 2-0Hundreds of hockey fans headed to Ingalls Rink Saturday afternoon to support a great cause. They wound up getting to see a great game as well. The Yale women’s ice hockey team held its third annual “White Out for Mandi” fundraiser game for the Mandi Schwartz Foundation, founded in memory of center Mandi Schwartz ’10 (1988-2011), and the day was made even more special by the presence of Mandi’s parents, Carol and Rick. But the action on the ice had an importance of its own, as the Bulldogs wound up pulling into a tie for ECAC Hockey’s eighth and final conference playoff spot with four weeks to go by blanking Colgate 2-0. Sophomore goalie Jaimie Leonoff made 31 saves, while freshman forward Jamie Haddad and senior forward Alyssa Zupon scored Yale’s goals.
Bulldogs Fall to No. 4 CornellThe first time the Yale women’s ice hockey team played No. 4 Cornell this year, the Big Red had to fend off an upset bid with a third-period goal for a 3-2 win. Friday night’s rematch was not as close. Three first-period goals, including a pair by defensemen Cassandra Poudrier, enabled the Big Red to eliminate any chance of late-game drama. Cornell eventually finished with a 5-0 win. Sophomore goalie Jaimie Leonoff made 36 saves.
NHL’s PK Subban Scheduled to Appear at Saturday’s “White Out for Mandi”The “White Out for Mandi” Yale women’s ice hockey game at Ingalls Rink on Saturday, Jan. 26, is now scheduled to include an appearance by PK Subban, the NHL free agent who has spent parts of the past three seasons playing for the Montreal Canadiens. The Toronto native will sign autographs as part of the fundraiser for the Mandi Schwartz Foundation. The goal is to pack Ingalls Rink, with everyone wearing white, as a “White Out for Mandi” show of support.
Zupon a Semi-Finalist for Coach Wooden Citizenship CupYale senior forward Alyssa Zupon (Basking Ridge, N.J.) was one of the semi-finalists for the ninth annual Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup, announced Thursday by Athletes for a Better World. The award, given annually to a collegiate and a professional athlete who have had the greatest positive influence on the lives of others, in named in memory of former basketball coach John Wooden. Last year it was won by Yale’s Aleca Hughes ’12.
Alyssa Zupon Among 11 Nominees for Hockey Humanitarian AwardFor her community service efforts both locally and globally, Yale senior forward Alyssa Zupon (Basking Ridge, N.J.) is among 11 nominees for the 2013 BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award. The nominees were announced as part of “Humanitarian Monday” on Martin Luther King Day. The award, which is in its 18th season, is open to all hockey players (men’s and women’s) at the Division I and Division III levels; it seeks to honor “college hockey’s finest citizen”.
Haddad Named ECAC Hockey Rookie of the WeekFreshman forward Jamie Haddad (Wilbraham, Mass.) has been named ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday. Haddad had a pair of goals last week, scoring both in the second period Thursday to break a 1-1 tie and lead Yale to a 3-1 win over Brown.
White Out for Mandi, Alumnae Weekend at IngallsIngalls Rink will be bustling with activity this weekend as the Yale women’s ice hockey team hosts two of its biggest events -- and two ECAC Hockey rivals. It is Alumnae Weekend, with alums from all 35 previous seasons invited back for the games and special events. Saturday’s game will also be the third annual “White Out for Mandi”. The Bulldogs will attempt to pack Ingalls with fans wearing white as a show of support and fundraiser for the Mandi Schwartz Foundation, the charity named after center Mandi Schwartz ’10 (1988-2011) and started by Aleca Hughes ’12. No. 4 Cornell is in town for the game Friday night (7:00 p.m.), while Saturday’s opponent is Colgate (4:00 p.m.).
Setback for Yale at Brown, 2-1The Yale women’s ice hockey team entered Saturday night’s game at Brown knowing that a win would provide enough points in the ECAC Hockey standings for sole possession of the conference’s eighth and final playoff spot. Facing the Bears for the second time in three nights on the heels of a 3-2 win at Ingalls Rink Thursday, the Bulldogs once again found themselves in the midst of a tight game after junior forward Ashley Dunbar’s first period goal pulled Yale within 2-1 after two early Brown goals. But despite outshooting the Bears 9-3 in the final period, Yale could not get the equalizer. The Bears held on for the 2-1 win, moving one point ahead of Yale to tie Princeton for eighth in the standings.
Two Goals for Haddad as Yale Beats Brown 3-2Two second-period goals from freshman forward Jamie Haddad made the difference Thursday night at Ingalls Rink as the Yale women’s ice hockey team topped Brown 3-2. The Bulldogs fell behind 1-0 early, but tied the game late in the first period on sophomore forward Stephanie Mock’s first goal of the season. Haddad then put Yale up for good with a pair of tallies in the second, including one on a power play. Sophomore goalie Jaimie Leonoff made 23 saves for the win.