Jan. 19, 2010

CENTERVILLE, MA - University of Massachusetts Boston women's ice hockey player Leah Hallett (Rocky Hill, CT) has been named the Eastern College Athletic Conference East Women's Ice Hockey Goalie of the Week for the week of January 11-17, it was announced today by the conference. She earns the honor for the third straight award period and the fourth time for her career. She also received the top goalie accolade this season for the week of December 7-13 and last week. She is the only player in school history to garner the award four times in her career.

In three games, Hallett posted a 2-1-0 record, while recording a 2.63 goals against average in 160 minutes of action. The sophomore stopped 71 of 78 shots for a .910 save percentage. Hallett's only loss of the week came at number seven nationally-ranked Middlebury College on January 12, where the second-year goaltender stopped 15 of 21 shots. She rebounded nicely with a 42-save effort vs. Norwich University on January 15 to earn a 2-1 victory over the squad that received six votes in the latest USCHO.com national poll. Hallett capped the week with her third career shutout and first of the season, turning away all 14 shots she faced in an 8-0 win over Castleton State College on January 16.

A graduate of Kingswood-Oxford School, Hallett has started all 16 contests and played in all but 40 minutes and seven seconds for the Beacons between the pipes this season. The second-year goalie set a school-record of 483:24 consecutive minutes without a break in net from November 20 to January 8. Hallett leads the nation with 525 saves and ranks third in NCAA Division III with 924:43 minutes played. She owns a 2.85 goals against average, which is the third lowest mark in school history and places ninth among ECAC East goaltenders with a .923 save mark. The sophomore has been very active, making 32 or more saves in 10 of 16 outings to give her the fifth-highest season save total in school annals. Her save percentage is the best mark in school history, while her minutes total is the fifth-most in school history.

Hallett already ranks among the best goalies in school history, standing second all-time in saves (1,106), minutes played (2,122:20), games played (37), games started (35) and save percentage (.913). The Connecticut native owns a career GAA of 2.97 to place fifth all-time at UMass Boston and her shutout total places her second all-time for the Beacons. She set the school standard for minutes played in a season with 1197:37 in 2008-09 and broke the mark for saves in a game with 56 vs. Middlebury College on January 20, 2009.

The Beacons are currently 9-7-0 on the season, including 7-4-0 in ECAC East play to place fifth in the standings with 14 points. UMass Boston will be in action again when it travels to Gorham, ME on Friday, January 22 to take on ECAC East foe University of Southern Maine at 4:00 p.m.