5 - Maria Nasta
Maria Nasta
Birth Date: 11/06/1987
Height: 5-6
Year: Senior
Hometown: Andover, MA
High School: Andover
Previous College: New England College
Position: F

Notables: Brings excitement to the ice every time she touches the puck ... Great goal scoring and playmaking ability ... Will serve as the first line center and backbone of the power play unit in addition to time on the penalty kill.

Nasta 2008-09: Named to the ECAC East Second Team after racking up 38 points in 26 games to rank ninth in the nation with 1.46 points per game, while placing fifth in ECAC East in total points ... Her point total was the second-most for a junior at UMass Boston and the sixth-most of any UMB player in season ... Selected the ECAC East Player of the Week for the week of February 9-15 and finished the season with a school-record 27 assists, which placed her second in the nation with 1.04 per game and tied for first in the league in helpers per game ... Netted the third-highest goal total for a UMB junior with 11 ... Excelled on the power play, totaling 20 points (5-15-20) to top the league leaders and netted five power play tallies to rank 11th in the league and give her the seventh-most in a season ever for the Beacons ... One of the most reliable point-scorers for UMass Boston all season, notching at least one point in all but seven games and owned an eight-game point-streak to begin the season, adding to a six-game streak to end last season for a 14-game streak to set a new school record ... Posted 11 multi-point efforts, including a career-high of five points on two occasions, for the sixth-most multi-point outings in a season at UMB ... Netted two or more goals in three games for the ninth-most in school annals, including her second career hat trick as part of a five-point effort vs. Saint Anselm College on November 18.

2007-08: Transferred from New England College ... Became the second player in school history to be selected to the ECAC East First Team ... Led UMB with 45 points, 20 goals and 25 assists in 26 contests ...Ranked third in the nation with 1.73 points and 0.96 assists per game and seventh with 0.77 goals per contest ... Led ECAC East in total assists, was second in points and stood fifth in total goals, while ranking 12th among the nation's leaders with four game-winning goals and third among league leaders ...Was a force on the power play with 16 points (2-14-16) to rank second in ECAC East and her two short-handed points (1-1-2) placed her eighth among league leaders as did her one short-handed tally ... Became the fifth player in school history to register a hat trick in just her fourth game of the year vs. Connecticut College on November 20 ... It was the second of 14 multi-point efforts on the campaign, the third most in a season in school history ... Tallied three or more points in a game on eight occasions, including a pair of four-point performances ... The team's most consistent scorer, picking up at least one point in all but five games and put together an eight-game point-scoring streak from January 12 to February 2 for the third-longest for a UMB player, while picking up 17 points during the stretch ... Closed out the season with at least one point in each of her final six outings ... Posted four multi-goal games on the season to rank as the seventh most in school history ... Smashed the school-record for points and assists by a sophomore and was just one helper shy of tying the overall school-record, while owning the third-highest point total in school history for a season ... Her goal total was the sixth-highest total in school history and tied the school mark for a sophomore ... Her game-winning tally was also one shy of the school standard ... Named the ECAC East Co-Player of the Week for the week of February 11-17 after collecting six points on a pair of goals and four assists in two games.

2006-07: Played in 17 games in the second semester for New England College ... Tallied seven points on five goals and a pair of assists ... Netted her first collegiate goal in her debut at Utica College on January 6 ... Tallied points in back-to-back games on two occasions ... Posted multi-point efforts in two contests, including a career-high two goals vs. Southern Maine on February 17.

Personal/High School: Won four letters for ice hockey and three for softball at Andover High School ... Named to the Boston Globe All-Scholastic team as well as the Eagle Tribune All-Star squad ... Earned All-Conference honors three times for the Warriors and was an All-Star on four occasions ... Selected AHS ice hockey's MVP all four seasons and was elected Captain as a senior following her junior season as an Assistant Captain ... Two-year All-Star for the Warriors' softball squad and was tabbed a Captain as a senior ... Born November 6, 1987 ... Daughter of Joe and Donna Nasta ... Majoring in criminal justice ... Played softball for UMB in 2008 ... Enjoys snowboarding.