March 9, 2011

Snikeris Named ECAC Hockey Student-Athlete of Year

ALBANY, N.Y. -- ECAC Hockey today announced today that Jackee Snikeris of Yale has been named the 2010-11 Women’s Student-Athlete of the Year selected for the honor by the league’s Awards Committee. The fifth recipient of the award, which recognizes academic achievement, as well as accomplishments on and off of the ice of ECAC Hockey student-athletes, Snikeris was one of three finalists for this year's honor. Katharine Chute, Harvard and Clarkson’s Katelyn Ptolemy also were finalists.

Snikeris is a History of Medicine (Pre-Med) major who has a 3.59 cumulative GPA and will receive her fourth ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team selection this season.
Off the ice, Snikeris has excelled in the classroom while taking a pre-med course load. She has also graduated from the Yale Athletics Department's Kiphuth Leadership Academy, a program designed to develop Yale student-athletes to be world-class leaders in athletics, academics and life.

In addition to working at a nearby hospital and having some of her work there published in the Journal of Surgical Radiology, she has also volunteered at a local hospice for the past two years and taught skating to local middle schoolers.

She has been a part of team-wide initiatives to raise awareness of the need for bone marrow donors and umbilical cord blood donors to help save the lives of patients in need, inspired by her teammate Mandi Schwartz’ battle with cancer. She has taken part in Yale’s Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society and helped teach sports skills to local children. She has also been a part of a program that pairs local brain tumor patients with Yale sports teams.

On the ice, Snikeris re-wrote the Yale record book many times over. A Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award nominee this season, Snikeris holds the school's career records for save percentage (.931), goals-against average (2.12) and shutouts (16). She also holds the single-season Yale records for save percentage (.941, 2010-11) and goals-against average (1.67, 2008-09) and is tied for the shutout record (five, 2008-09). She was recently named ECAC Hockey’s Goaltender of the Year, earned first team All-League honors and team MVP honors twice.

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