Sept. 12, 2008
MIDDLEBURY, VT - University of Massachusetts Boston men's ice hockey player Ryan Donovan (Rexford, NY) was named to the 2008 New England Hockey Writers ECAC East/NESCAC All-Star Team, it was announced by the New England hockey writers association (NEHWA). The members of this year's team and its coach will be honored at the annual NEHWA Banquet on April 16th at the Prince Restaurant on Route 1 in Saugus, MA. For additional information, contact John Gruppo (NU Ticket Office) at 617-373-7409.
Donovan is one of two goaltenders selected to the squad after previously being named the ECAC East Goalie of the Year and a member of the ECAC East First Team. He was one of the best "big game" goaltenders in the league, leading ECAC East with 846 saves, while ranking third in the nation in a league-high and school-record 1593:35 minutes of action and averaged 31.3 saves per game. The sophomore posted 30 or more saves on 17 occasions this year, including five outings with 40-plus and earned 11 victories to rank second at UMass Boston for wins in a single campaign. The second-year stopper met the challenge when it came to tough opponents, turning in a 42-save effort and allowing three goals to take down nationally-ranked Middlebury College on February 16 a day after he helped put an end to a nine-year losing streak to Williams College with 37 saves in a 2-2 tie. He also stopped 42 out of 45 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss to nationally-ranked Norwich University on January 19 to help the Beacons hold the distinction of being the only team this season to take the Cadets into overtime. Donovan also lived in the nightmares of players from nationally-ranked Babson College, holding the Beavers winless in a pair of meetings, including a 35-save performance on December 5 to gain a 1-1 tie and allowing just one goal, while turning away 33 shots in the Beacons' 4-1 ECAC East Tournament quarterfinals victory at Babson on March 1. A two-time Goalie of the Week honoree this season, Donovan surpassed his own school-mark for games played with 27 this year and owned a 3.46 goals against average, which is the sixth-lowest mark in school annals, while ranking 10th in ECAC East this year. A product of Avon Old Farms (CT), he turned in a .902 save percentage to place sixth among league leaders and stand fourth on the school's all-time single-season list, while allowing two or fewer scores on eight occasions.
In just two seasons, Donovan is arguably one of the best goaltenders in school history, ranking as the program's all-time career leader in save percentage with a .904 mark, while placing second with a 3.70 goals against average. A former member of the Hartford Wolfpack of the American Junior Hockey League, he shattered the school-record for saves last season with 898 and has racked up 1,744 for his career to stand third all-time at UMB. His 16 victories put him seventh among the Beacons' best goaltenders, while placing fifth in games and minutes played with 52 and 2,998:08, respectively.
The Beacons finished the season with an 11-14-2 overall record, while compiling a 5-12-2 mark in league play and garnered one vote in the USCHO.com national poll twice during the season. The team had its highest win-total since it finished with a 13-12-0 record in 1999-2000. UMass Boston's playoff win over Babson was its first in the post-season since defeating Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, 6-1, on February 26, 2000 in Boston and its first road playoff victory since beating Babson, 6-2, on February 25, 1989 at Babson. The Beacons were defeated in the semifinals of the ECAC East Tournament, 5-2, by eventual ECAC East Champion and NCAA Tournament semifinalist, Norwich.