Finalists Named for League’s Goaltender-of-the-Year Award

Jackee Snikeris, Yale (l); Quinnipiac's Victoria Vigilanti (c); and Rachel Weber, Princeton (r).

ALBANY, N.Y. -- ECAC Hockey today announced the finalists for the 2011 Women’s Goaltender of the Year Award. Jackee Snikeris, Yale, Victoria Vigilanti of Quinnipiac and Princeton’s Rachel Weber have each been nominated for the honor by the League’s coaches.  

After missing seven games in a row early in the season due to an injury, senior goaltender Jackee Snikeris returned with a vengeance. Her .941 save percentage currently has her ranked No. 7 in the country and is the school record in that category. Her 1.98 goals-against average is third-best in Yale history. The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award nominee   started 16 games in conference action and posted three shutouts for the Bulldogs. Snikeris finished her Yale 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.

Quinnipiac sophomore, Victoria Vigilanti posted 12-9-1 mark in league play this season with four shutouts in leading the Bobcats to record number of wins in ECAC Hockey regular-season play for the second straight season. Vigilanti, the four-time ECAC Hockey/MLX Skates Goaltender of the Week, led the league with 1333:38 minutes played in net and recorded a 1.89 goals-against average. The Woodbridge, ONT native started all 22 conference games, ranking second with 554 saves and fourth with a .930 save percentage this season.

The third member of the Goaltender of the Year finalist group is Princeton junior Rachel Weber. The Hudson, Wisconsin native posted a record of 14-8-1 overall with a 1.79 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage. Those numbers rank her third for goals against and tied for first for save percentage at Princeton in a single season. Weber also set a Princeton and ECAC Hockey shutout streak record of 289:43 during the season, which ranks fourth best in NCAA history since 2001-01. The netminder ended up with six shutouts on the year. Weber was named ECAC Hockey/MLX Skates Goaltender of the Week on three occasions this season (12/14, 1/4, & 1/11).

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