Feb. 28, 2011
CENTERVILLE, MA - University of Massachusetts Boston men's ice hockey player Eric Tufman (Abington, PA has been named to the Eastern College Athletic Conference Honorable Mention Team, while freshman Travis Daniel (North Brunswick, NJ) and sophomore defenseman Rob Florentino (West Roxbury, MA) were both named to the ECAC East All-Rookie Team, it was announced by the conference office on Feb. 24, 2011.
Tufman, a national semifinalist for the Joe Concannon Award, presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England playing at the D-II/III level, enjoyed a stellar senior campaign recording a team-high 35 points on 11 goals and a team-high 24 assists, to rank tied for 16th in the nation in both points and assists per game. On Jan. 18 vs. UMass Dartmouth, the forward became only the 12th player in program history to reach the 100 point milestone, collecting four points on the night with a goal and three assists in the Beacons 6-2 win. Tufman helped the Beacons post their highest win total since the 1991-92 season with 10 multi-point games and three game-winning goals. The Abington, PA native opened the season on fire with a five game point streak out of the gates and 16 points over the first 10 games to help UMass Boston receive votes in the USCHO.com national poll on four separate occasions. He closed out his collegiate career on a three-game point streak and scored in his final game with UMass Boston. Over his career, Tufman enjoyed a storied four-year tenure with the Beacons and will go down as one of the most efficient players in the programs history. The former Philadelphia Little Flyer finished his career with 113 points on 43 goals and 70 assists to rank sixth in career assists and tied for ninth all-time in points. His 98 career games rank eighth most in program annals while his 12 career power play goals stand at seventh all-time. He was named to the Jewish Sports Review College Hockey Men's All-American team in 2009 and was also named the Beacons team MVP during his freshman season while also being named to the ECAC East All-Rookie squad after leading the team in points with 39, the highest rookie total since the 1981-82 season. He finished his career with 29 multi-point outings.
Daniel exploded onto the collegiate hockey scene with an impressive 25 point season, the most by any UMass Boston rookie. He ranked tied for second on the team in both points (25) and goals (11) while ranking third among teammates in assists with 14. During the week of Dec. 6-12, the forward was recognized by the ECAC East as the conference's Rookie of the Week after netting two goals, including a heroic game-winner with 18.7 seconds remaining in regulation to lift the Beacons to a 4-3 ECAC East road victory over rival Babson College on Dec. 8. The North Brunswick, NJ native recorded 10 multi-point games and opened the season notching 17 points over his first 10 games. On Nov. 19, the former New Jersey Rockets standout made his collegiate debut vs. No. 6 Bowdoin with a goal and an assist and finished the season ranked four in the ECAC East and 15th in the nation among D-III rookies averaging 1.05 points per game.
Florentino also made an immediate impact in the Beacons lineup, providing some offensive production from the blueline early and often. The defenseman helped UMass Boston capture its third consecutive P.A.L./Stovepipe championship and was named the tournament's MVP after scoring three goals and collecting two assists on the weekend. Following his tournament efforts, the West Roxbury, MA native was also named the ECAC East Player of the Week for the week of November 22-28 in which he helped UMass Boston post a 3-0-0 record by notching seven points on three goals and four assists. He closed out the year with 18 total points, the highest total by a Beacon blueliner while also ranking sixth in the ECAC East and 15th in the country among D-III defensemen, averaging 0.84 points per contest. The former South Shore Kings standout finished the season with six power play goals, ranking fourth overall in the ECAC East and 28th in the nation. He also netted one game-winning goal, coming on Feb. 19 vs. Amherst in UMass Boston's first victory over the Lord Jeffs since 1994.
The Beacons finished the regular season with a 15-10-0 mark, finishing third overall in the ECAC East standings with 20 points, earning the right to host their first ECAC East quarterfinals playoff game since the 2000 season. Their conference point total was the program's highest point total since they racked up 31 following the 1990-91 campaign. UMass Boston's season came to a close on Feb. 26 at the hands of a 4-1 loss to University of Southern Maine in the ECAC East quarterfinals. The Beacons finished the season averaging 3.81 goals per game to rank 17th in the country.