February 24, 2011

Finalists Named for League’s Student-Athlete-of-the-Year Award

ALBANY, N.Y. -- ECAC Hockey today announced the finalists for the 2011 Women’s Student-Athlete of the Year Award. Katharine Chute, Harvard, Clarkson’s Katelyn Ptolemy and Jackee Snikeris of Yale have each been selected as finalists for the honor by the League’s coaches.  

Chute, a senior forward concentrating in Organismic & Evolutionary Biology at Harvard, is a three-time ECAC Hockey all-academic selection (2008, 2009 and 2010) who currently holds a 3.853 cumulative grade-point average. Chute has received either an A or A- in every class but one while at Harvard and that was a B+. The Spring Lake Park, MN native has demonstrated a balance and sensitivity with her teammates, that has yielded the highest respect. Chute is known to live her life on a high-level striving for personal excellence. She has also been involved with the local community tutoring elementary students. Chute has excelled on the ice as well playing in 128 career games, amassing 64 total points on 26 goals and 38 assists. Upon graduation Chute is interested in pursuing research in graduate school.

Another finalist for the prestigious Student-Athlete Award is Katelyn Ptolemy from Clarkson. The junior blue liner rapidly emerged as a leader in and out of the classroom for the Golden Knights. Ptolemy currently boasts a 3.62 grade-point average majoring in Biology and minoring in Psychology. She is known as an exceptional student with superb ability to remember facts and apply them to new situations and analyze them thoroughly. The National Scholar Athlete has also taken part in several community affairs while in Potsdam, including; Salvation Army Holiday Drive, Community Clean-ups, Relay for Life, Big Brother and Big Sisters programs, and Learn to Skate events. Often referred to as selfless and confident, Potlemy serves as an Assistant Captain for the Green and Gold.

Senior goaltender Jackee Snikeris is the third finalists for the league’s Student-Athlete Award. Snikeris is a pre-med History of Science, History of Medicine major who has a 3.59 cumulative GPA and will receive her fourth ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team selection this season. 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. She 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).

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