Yale Bulldogs
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Institution: Yale University
Location: New Haven, Connecticut
School founded: 1701
Enrollment: 13,609
Colors: Yale Blue
Home Arena: Ingalls Rink
Capacity: 3,500
Dimensions: 200' x 85'
Women's Team
Conference: ECAC Hockey
Coach: Matt Bolding
Major Rivals: Harvard

Yale University women's ice hockey (YWIH) is an NCAA Division I varsity college hockey program at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.

The roots of the Yale University ice hockey program date back to 1975 when the team, at first, competed as a club team. Only 2 years later the program elevated its status to be a varsity team in the 1977-78 season[1]. That makes YWIH one of the oldest varsity women's ice hockey programs in the country.

Yale competes in the ECAC Hockey League (ECACHL), along with Ivy League foes Harvard, Princeton, Cornell, Dartmouth and Brown. Both the Yale men's and women's ice-hockey teams play at Ingalls Rink, also known as "The Whale".

Coaches[edit | edit source]

The most sucessful head coach is Hilary Witt, (she joined the Bulldogs as an assistant coach in 2001-02), who has been serving in the head coaching position since the 2002-03 season. Kimberly Mathias and Paul Nemetz-Carlson serve as associate head coach and assistant coach respectively.

Witt was named ECAC Women's Coach of the Year in 2002-03, and became Yale's all-time leader in wins in 2005. The 2004-05 squad set the school record for overall wins (16) and conference wins (12), earning a trip to the ECAC semifinals for the first time. The 2007-08 team broke the school record for goals in a season with 96 and finished with the second-most wins in school history, 15.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

The jersey of Mandi Schwartz hung in her locker at Ingalls Rink at Yale as she battled leukemia

Yale University debuted its women’s ice hockey program on December 9, 1975. Its first match was versus Choate-Rosemary Hall. The Bulldogs prevailed by a 5-3 tally. Two years later, the Bulldogs hockey program would attain varsity status. [3]

Laurie Belliveau played for Yale from 1994-1998. In four years, she participated in 98 games. Statistically, she logged 5,809 minutes, recorded 4,262 saves, and registered a .911 save percentage while posting a 4.32 goals against average. She has averaged more than 43 saves per game. In 1994-95, Belliveau became the first freshman in any sport to earn Ivy League Player of the Year honors. During the season, she made an ECAC record 78 saves in a game. The opponent was the Providence Friars womens ice hockey program. [4]

In 1998, Laurie Belliveau was one of two Ivy League players named first team All-Americans. [5] This was the first time that Ivy League women's hockey players were bestowed such an honor. On April 3, 2011 former Yale player Mandi Schwartz succumbed to recurrent acute myeloid leukemia at age 23.[6] She was a forward on Yale's women's hockey team and had a string of 73 consecutive games played.[7]

Arenas[edit | edit source]

Head Coaches[edit | edit source]

Year by Year Record[edit | edit source]

Season GP W L T GF GA Pts Finish Conference Tournament GP W L T GF GA
Conference Overall Record
1977-78 13 7 5 1
1978-79 15 8 6 1
1979-80 13 8 5 0
1980-81 13 6 7 0
1981-82 14 4 10 0
1982-83 19 3 15 1
1983-84 18 8 9 1
1984-85 20 10 9 1
1985-86 Did not qualify 20 12 8 0
1986-87 Did not qualify 19 5 14 0
1987-88 Did not qualify 18 7 11 0
1988-89 12 1 11 0 2 14th Did not qualify 17 5 11 1
1989-90 14 2 11 1 5 13th Did not qualify 17 4 12 1
1990-91 9 0 9 0 0 9th Did not qualify 18 5 13 0
1991-92 10 0 10 0 0 10th Did not qualify 20 6 13 1
1992-93 15 2 12 1 5 13th Did not qualify 19 4 14 1
1993-94 11 0 10 1 1 12th Did not qualify 21 4 16 1
1994-95 14 1 13 0 2 14th Did not qualify 24 3 21 0
1995-96 16 0 15 1 7 85 1 12th Did not qualify 25 2 20 3
1996-97 22 0 22 0 0 12th Did not qualify 27 4 23 0
1997-98 22 5 15 1 11 10th Did not qualify 28 7 19 2
1998-99 26 2 21 3 10 13th Did not qualify 29 5 21 3
1999-00 24 2 21 1 25 130 5 12th Did not qualify 29 6 22 1 39 137
2000-01 24 2 21 1 32 103 5 12th Did not qualify 28 3 23 2 41 112
2001-02 16 3 12 1 37 86 7 7th North L, QF 2 games to none (Brown) 31 9 19 3 86 127
2002-03 16 5 11 0 26 67 10 6th L, QF 2 games to none (Princeton) 31 9 20 2 72 112
2003-04 18 8 10 0 42 44 16 6th L, QF 2 games to none (Dartmouth) 31 12 16 3 73 72
2004-05 20 12 7 1 50 50 25 4th W, QF 2 games to none (Princeton) L, SF 2-1 (ot) (Harvard) 32 16 15 1 81 86
2005-06 20 8 8 4 51 45 20 8th L, QF 2 games to none (St. Lawrence) 31 11 15 5 80 82
2006-07 22 10 10 2 72 63 22 T-6th L, QF 2 games to none (Harvard) 31 15 14 2 96 82
2007-08 22 8 10 4 50 59 20 7th L, QF 2 games to none (St. Lawrence) 31 11 14 6 70 79
2008-09 22 8 13 1 38 50 17 9th Did not qualify 29 12 16 1 53 61
2009-10 22 8 13 1 36 55 17 10th Did not qualify 29 10 16 3 56 75
2010-11 22 8 12 2 42 54 18 T-8th Did not qualify 29 9 17 3 52 73
2011-12 22 1 20 1 23 112 3 12th Did not qualify 29 1 27 1 31 152
2012-13 22 4 15 3 35 64 11 10th Did not qualify 29 5 21 3 41 88
2013-14 22 6 9 7 51 62 19 7th L, QF 2 games to 1 (Harvard) 32 9 16 7 74 94
2014-15 22 12 10 0 61 53 24 7th L, QF 2 games to none (Harvard) 31 15 15 1 93 78
2015-16 22 9 11 2 58 62 20 9th Did not qualify 28 6 19 3 51 74
2016-17 22 8 12 2 46 58 18 7th L, QF 2 games to none (St. Lawrence) 31 10 17 4 69 83
2017-18 22 8 12 2 43 53 18 8th L, QF 2 games to none (Clarkson) 31 10 17 4 59 83
2018-19 22 7 12 3 49 61 17 9th Did not qualify 29 8 18 3 62 87
2019-20 22 13 9 0 53 49 26 5th L, QF 2 games to 1 (Harvard) 32 17 15 0 86 81
2020-21 Season cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic[8]

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International[edit | edit source]

  • Hilary Witt was a member of the U.S. Women's National Team in 2001
  • Hilary Witt also earned a pair of silver medals as an assistant coach for the U.S. at the 2006 Four Nations Cup and the 2007 IIHF World Championships.
  • Helen Resor played at the 2006 Four Nations Cup and the 2005, 2007 and 2008 IIHF World Championships.
  • Helen Resor, Crysti Howser and Sheila Zingler were at the 2007 USA Hockey Women's National Festival, meaning that the 2006-07 Yale team tied for the most representatives at the camp among all ECAC schools.

Olympians[edit | edit source]

  • Helen Resor was selected to play for Team USA in the 2006 Olympics.[10] Resor was the first Bulldog to achieve that status, and when she won a bronze medal she became the first Yale hockey player of either gender to earn a medal since five Bulldog men won silver with Team USA in 1932.

Awards and honors[edit | edit source]

  • Laurie Belliveau, three-time Ivy League Player of the Year
  • Laurie Belliveau, Goaltender, 1996 All-ECAC Team[11]
  • Laurie Belliveau, Nellie Pratt Elliott Award[12]
  • Laurie Belliveau, Finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award, 1998[13]
  • Jenna Ciotti, Hockey East Player of the Week (Week of February 8, 2011)[14]
  • Jenna Ciotti, Hockey East Rookie of the Week (Week of February 8, 2011)
  • Alyssa Clarke, Honorable Mention All-Ivy League, 2007-08, Defenseman, Yale (Sophomore)
  • Erika Hockinson, Yale's Thomas W. Ford '42 Community Outreach Award
  • Crysti Howser, Honorable Mention All-Ivy League, 2007-08, Forward, Yale (Junior)
  • Kelsey Johnson, finalist for the inaugural ECAC Student-Athlete of the Year Award (2007)
  • Bray Ketchum, nominee for the 2010 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award [15]
  • Helen Resor, Defense, 2009 Third Team All-ECAC [16]
  • Helen Resor, finalist for the 2009 Patty Kazmaier Award [17]
  • Kristin Savard, Hockey Humanitarian Award (2007)
  • Kristin Savard, Yale's Thomas W. Ford '42 Community Outreach Award
  • Jackee Snikeris, Honorable Mention All-Ivy League, 2007-08, Goaltender, (Freshman) [18]
  • Jackee Snikeris, nominee for the 2010 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award[19]
  • Jackee Snikeris, MLX Skates Goaltender of the Week (Week of November 30, 2010)[20]
  • Jackee Snikeris, 2010-11 ECAC Goaltender of the Year[21]
  • Jackee Snikeris, 2010-11 ECAC Women's Student-Athlete of the Year[22]
  • Jackee Snikeris, 2011 Sarah Devens Award[23]

ECAC All-Academic[edit | edit source]

Ivy League honors[edit | edit source]

  • Alyssa Clarke, Defense, Senior, 2010 Honorable Mention
  • Bray Ketchum, Forward, Junior, 2010 Second Team All-Ivy
  • Jackee Snikeris, Goaltender, Junior, 2010 First Team All-Ivy[25]

New England hockey writers All-Star Team[edit | edit source]

  • 2003-04 G Sarah Love
  • 2004-05 D Erin Duggan
  • 2006-07 D Helen Resor
  • 2010-11 G Jackee Snikeris[26]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Yale University Bulldogs, Official Athletic Site
  2. http://www.yalebulldogs.com/sports/w-hockey/2009-10/releases/2010021066mdy6
  3. Ivy Women’s Hockey. Ivy Women in Sports: profiles of women from the Ivy League’s history (February 22, 2007). Retrieved on 16 April 2010.
  4. ATHLETIC AWARDS, Elliott and Mallory Awards: Varsity Sports. Yale Bulletin and Calendar. Retrieved on 16 April 2010.
  5. ATHLETIC AWARDS, Elliott and Mallory Awards: Varsity Sports. Yale Bulletin and Calendar. Retrieved on 16 April 2010.
  6. http://sports.espn.go.com/new-york/news/story?id=6287495
  7. http://sports.espn.go.com/new-york/news/story?id=6287495
  8. https://www.uscho.com/2020/11/12/ivy-league-which-includes-mens-womens-ecac-hockey-teams-cancels-winter-sports/
  9. http://www.uscho.com/stats/teamYxY.php/yale-bulldogs/womens-college-hockey/team,yu/gender,w.html
  10. http://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/athletes/re/helen-resor-1.html
  11. http://www.whockey.com/univ/ecac/1996/usatoday_shcf.html
  12. ATHLETIC AWARDS, Elliott and Mallory Awards: Varsity Sports. Yale Bulletin and Calendar. Retrieved on 16 April 2010.
  13. http://www.ivyleaguesports.com/documents/pattykazmaier.asp
  14. http://www.ecachockey.com/women/2010-11/Weekly_Awards/Womens_Weekly_Awards_02_08.pdf
  15. http://www.usahockey.com/patty_kazmaier/default.aspx?NAV=AF&id=280824&DetailedNews=yes
  16. http://www.brownbears.com/sports/w-hockey/spec-rel/030309aad.html
  17. http://www.ecachockey.com/women/2008-09/news/20091302_KazmaierNominees
  18. http://www.ivyleaguesports.com/article.asp?intID=6431
  19. http://www.usahockey.com/patty_kazmaier/default.aspx?
  20. http://www.ecachockey.com/women/2010-11/Weekly_Awards/Womens_Weekly_Awards_11_30.pdf
  21. http://www.ecachockey.com/women/2010-11/Weekly_Awards/20110103_W_Goalie_of_the_Year
  22. http://www.ecachockey.com/women/2010-11/Weekly_Awards/20110903_SA_of_Year_Winner
  23. http://www.ecachockey.com/women/2010-11/Weekly_Awards/20110903_SA_of_Year_Winner
  24. http://www.yalebulldogs.com/sports/w-hockey/2010-11/bios/schwartz%20mandi00.html
  25. Freshman Katie Jamieson Receives All-Ivy Accolades (February 25, 2010). Retrieved on 6 April 2010.
  26. http://www.yalebulldogs.com/sports/w-hockey/2010-11/releases/20110330cssjtr

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