Dec. 2, 2008
CENTERVILLE, MA - University of Massachusetts Boston men's ice hockey player Ryan Donovan (Rexford, NY) has been named the Eastern College Athletic Conference East Men's Ice Hockey Goalie of the Week for the week of November 24-30, it was announced today by the conference. The award marks the fourth time in his career that he has earned the honor.
Donovan registered three victories in as many games for the week, while posting a 2.63 goals against average in 160 minutes of action. The junior stopped 74 shots for a .914 save percentage and was named to the PAL/Stovepipe All-Tournament team. The goaltender began the week by stopping 13 of 14 shots in 40 minutes of play in the Beacons' 9-1 victory over visiting Framingham State College on November 25. He helped UMass Boston to a 6-3 win at Southern New Hampshire University with 34 saves in the first round of the PAL/Stovepipe tournament and made 27 saves vs. Tufts University to help the Beacons to a 4-3 triumph and the tournament trophy.
Donovan has played in 285 of a possible 305 minutes for UMass Boston this season, while posting a 3-1-1 mark to go with a 2.74 goals against mark and a .913 save percentage. A product of the Hartford Wolfpack of the American Junior Hockey League, his .700 winning percentage ranks him fourth among ECAC East goalies and his save percentage is the six-most efficient mark in the league, while owning the league's seventh-best goals against average. A graduate of Avon Old Farms School in Avon, CT, Donovan has registered 23 or more saves in four of five outings, including a 39-save effort in a 3-3 tie on the road vs. the nation's number 14 team, Bowdoin College, for the Polar Bears' only non-win of the season.
Donovan has already made the case as one of the Beacons' greatest goalies of all-time after becoming the first player in school history to be named the ECAC East Goalie of the Year following last season. He ranks second on the UMass Boston career saves (1,880) and minutes played (3,283:08) list and stands fifth with 19 career victories. His 57 games played ties him for third-most all-time, while his .905 career save mark is the highest percentage in school annals and his 3.62 goals against average is the second-lowest figure in program history. 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 89% of the team's minutes in all three of his seasons at UMB.
The Beacons are currently 3-1-1 on the season for their best start since 1991-92 when they owned a 4-1-0 mark after five contests. The team's four-game unbeaten streak is also its longest since four-game win streak from January 22 to February 4, 2000. UMass Boston will be in action again when it hosts Wesleyan University on Friday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center.