March 5, 2009
CENTERVILLE, MA - University of Massachusetts Boston men's ice hockey player Ryan Donovan (Rexford, NY) was named to the Eastern College Athletic Conference East Men's Ice Hockey Honorable Mention Team, while Wayne Sands (Chalfant, PA) was selected to the ECAC East All-Rookie Team, it was announced by the conference today.
Donovan earns a spot on the Honorable Mention squad after posting a career-low goals against average of 3.22, while owning a .899 save percentage in 18 contests and allowed three or fewer goals in 11 games. His GAA is the third-lowest figure in school history, while his save mark is the fifth-most efficient in school annals. The junior, who was named the ECAC East Goalie of the Week for the week of November 24-30, ranks fifth in the league with 1,041:57 minutes played and has stopped 499 shots for the fourth-highest mark in among ECAC East goaltenders. The Rexford, NY native registered a 7-9-2 win-loss record, including five defeats by just one goal and was between the pipes for some major victories for the Beacons. Donovan has made 30 or more saves on eight occasions, including a season-high of 39 stops in 75:46 of action to earn his second career shutout with a 1-0 overtime win at nationally-ranked Norwich University in the ECAC East tournament quarterfinals on February 28. The blanking was the first in a playoff game in school history. The goaltender also recorded his second win over nationally-ranked Middlebury College in as many years with a 37-save effort in Middlebury, VT on February 14.
Donovan has already made the case as one of UMass Boston's greatest goalies of all-time after becoming the first player in school history to be named the ECAC East Goalie of the Year and earn a spot on the First Team in addition to being selected as one of two goaltenders to the New England Hockey Writers ECAC East/NESCAC All-Star Team, following last season. A former member of the Hartford Wolfpack of the American Junior Hockey League, he is the Beacons' career leader in saves with 2,243 and save percentage with a .903 mark. He ranks second on the UMass Boston career list in games played (70), minutes played (4,040:05), victories (23), goals against average (3.58) and shutouts (2). A graduate of Avon Old Farms (CT), Donovan has been named the ECAC Goalie of the Week four times in his career and has turned away 30 or more shots 39 times in his tenure, including a school-record 64 saves at Williams College on February 10, 2007. He shattered the school-record for saves when he turned away 898 shots as a freshman and racked up 846 stops last season in a school-record 1593:35 minutes and has played in over 65% of the team's minutes in each of his three of his seasons at UMB.
Sands becomes the second UMass Boston player to earn a place on the All-Rookie team in as many seasons. He has proven to be one of the best freshman defenseman the Beacons have had in a number of years after leading the squad with 10 goals on the season, which also ranks 10th among all league players and first for defensemen in ECAC East and establishes a school-record for goals by a defenseman at UMB. The blueliner ranks fifth on the team with 15 points and leads the squad with five power play goals, placing 10th among the league's leaders in points by a defenseman and seventh power play tallies by all players. A product of the Philadelphia Little Flyers, Sands has been on a tear over the past month with seven points on seven goals in his last eight games, including the game-winner, his first for the season, at Norwich on February 28. Sands, who skated for South Kent School (CT) during his prep year, has netted two or more goals twice this season, including a pair of goals in the Beacon's 3-2 victory over Middlebury on February 14. The rookie also put together a season-long four-game point streak from December 6-30, earlier in the season and was named to the 44th Annual Codfish Bowl All-Tournament team with three points on a pair of goals and an assist.
UMass Boston is currently 9-15-2 on the season, including a 4-14-1 mark in ECAC East play and will play fourth-seeded New England College as the number eight seed in the ECAC East semifinals in Henniker, NH at 7:00 p.m.