April 3, 2014

Fallon and Bradley Named NEHWA All-Stars

BOSTON, Mass. – For the first time in program history the UMass Boston women's ice hockey team was represented on the New England Hockey Writers Association All-Star team as sophomore forward Samantha Fallon (Pembroke, Mass.) and junior goalie Moe Bradley (Swampscott, Mass.) were honored by the association for their standout play during the 2013-14 season.

The New England Hockey Writers Division II-III All-Star teams and awards have been finalized after tallying votes from all Division II-III coaches and respective media outlets throughout New England.  The annual awards banquet will be held on Wednesday, April 16 at the Prince Restaurant in Saugus, Mass.

The postseason accolade marks the second of the year for both players, as they were also named ECAC East Second Team All-Conference selections in February.

This past season, Fallon emerged as one of the top forwards in all of the ECAC East conference as she finished with a team-leading 15 goals and 18 points.  The Pembroke native registered five power-play goals in the Beacons run back to the ECAC East Tournament semi-final game.  She was also responsible for netting three of the Beacons 12 game-winners.  The 12 victories marked the most since the 2010-11 season, when they finished the year 14-11-1. 

A versatile player, Fallon showed that she was not afraid to step in front of the puck as she totaled 20 blocked shots, which was second-most on the team.  Perhaps one of her best games came on January 31 at Nichols College, when she tallied her first collegiate hat trick in the 5-2 conference win.  Earlier in the year she helped UMass Boston to a seven-game unbeaten streak and the program's first-ever Codfish Bowl Tournament title.  In the ECAC East Tournament she would record the Beacons lone goal in the 2-1 overtime loss to tournament champions Norwich University.

Bradley's first year in a Beacons sweater was truly one for the record books.  In the first round of the ECAC East tournament, Bradley posted 17 stops to lead UMass to a 3-0 win over rival Manhattanville College and the program's first tournament shutout.

In a total of 874 minutes of playing time, the Swampscott native recorded 352 saves and finished the year with a 7-4-4 record.  Her 1.58 goals against average ranked her 11th in the nation at the end of the 2013-14 campaign.  She would go on to finish eighth in Division III with a .938 save percentage and in the top-20 in both winning percentage (.600) and shutouts (3). 

Perhaps her biggest performance during the regular season came when she made 50 stops in the 1-1 tie with the University of St. Thomas (Minn.).  That performance ranks fifth all-time for most saves in a single game.  In her next start she would record 43 stops to give the Beacons a 1-0 win over Saint Anselm College, bringing an end to the Hawks then nine-game win streak.    

The awards banquet will begin on at 6 p.m., with all coaches, student-athletes, family members, and friends welcome to attend the event.  Ticket price the event is $40 per person and can be purchased by contacting Mike Brown at 781-245-2122 or by email at intern@hockeyeastonline.com.