Berman Named NEHC Co-Coach of the Year; Three Earn All-Conference Honors

Berman Named NEHC Co-Coach of the Year; Three Earn All-Conference Honors

MARSHFIELD, Mass. – The New England Hockey Conference has announced the 2018 major award winners and All-Conference selections.  Third-year head coach Lindsay Berman was named Co-Coach of the Year, while three Beacons were named All-NEHC selections.

In just three short seasons, Berman has made the women's ice hockey program one of top teams in the New England Hockey Conference.  This season, she led UMB to a 9-3-2 record in conference play, which earned the Beacons their best regular season finish in program history.  As the two-seed, UMB will host Salve Regina University this Saturday at 3 p.m.  During the Berman era, the Beacons have hosted three straight NEHC first round tournament games.  The Beacons have also posted a winning conference record ever season she has been on the harbor campus, as well as finishing with 10 or more wins.  The three all-conference winners, is the most for Berman since the 2015-16 season, when UMB won their first conference title.  Berman becomes just the second coach in program history to earn the conference's major coaching award.

Jane Morrisette (Pembroke, Mass.) earned the program's first First Team All-Conference selection since Maria Nasta '12 in the 2007-08 campaign.  As the Beacons top forward, Morrisette returned from injury in a huge way.  In her fourth year at UMB, Morrisette has registered a career-high 17 points.  She enters this year's tournament with a team-leading 13 goals, and has four assists to her name.  She currently sits tied for first in the country in shorthanded goals with three.  To-date, Morrisette leads the Beacons in career points with 40, and has 23 goals and 17 assists in 70 games played.  Of the Beacons 10 wins this year, five of the game-winning goals were scored by Morrisette.  She will enter this year's conference tournament having recorded at-least one point in six straight games, and has combined for 11 points over the Beacons last nine games.

Picking-up Second Team honors were Bri Colucci (Lancaster, N.Y.) and Kaleigh Beauregard (Gaylord, Mich.).

Beauregard earned her first all-conference honor, after finishing second on the team in points with 13 and assists with nine.  One of the Beacons most physical players, Beauregard has appeared in all 25 games this season for UMB.  Two weeks ago, she played a major part in the Beacons 4-3 come-from-behind win over Southern Maine as she registered three assists, including setting-up the game-winner in overtime.  Last Saturday, she netted one of the Beacons five goals in the one-sided 5-3 win over New England College to close out the regular season.  One of the top special team forwards, Beauregard boasts four power-play goals, and has one of the teams five shorthanded tallies as well.

Colucci, was one of the team's top defenseman all season long.  In 24 games played, the New York native has 10 assists, and has also found the back of the net twice.  She sits second on the team in blocked shots with 22, and has played a major part in helping the Beacons limit opponents to just over two goals per game this season.  Going into Saturday's conference tournament game, Colucci has recorded five points (1g, 4a) in the last five games, including a pair in the 5-3 win over NEC.