Jan. 19, 2010

CENTERVILLE, MA - University of Massachusetts Boston women's ice hockey player Maria Nasta (Andover, MA) has been named the Eastern College Athletic Conference East Player of the Week for the week of January 11-17, it was announced today by the conference. The award marks the third time in Nasta's career that she has earned the honor. She was also the top player for a week during her sophomore campaign and once during her junior year.

Nasta tallied six points in three games with three goals and three assists. The senior began the week with an assist at nationally-ranked number seven Middlebury College on January 12 and added another helper in the Beacons' 2-1 victory over Norwich University on January 15. Nasta capped the week with her third career hat trick in addition to an assist in an 8-0 win over Castleton State College on January 16. With her second goal of that game, she became just the third player in school history to tally 100 career points in a UMass Boston uniform. She now has 108 career points, including seven with New England College during her freshman season.

Nasta has played all 16 games for the Beacons this season, while leading the team with 10 goals and 18 points and ranking fourth with eight assists. She ranks among the nation's leaders with 0.62 goals per game to stand 19th, while placing second in the country with a pair of short-handed goals. She's currently fifth among ECAC East players in total points, eighth in goals and 18th in assists. Her seven points (2-5-7) on the power play are the third-most in the league, while her two power play goals rank her 17th. A graduate of Andover High School, Nasta is currently enjoying a four-game point-scoring streak with eight points during the stretch. She has registered six multi-point efforts on the season, including three outings with two or more goals.

Nasta transferred to UMass Boston from New England College, prior to the 2007-08 campaign and immediately became the team's best offensive threat, racking up 45 points on 20 goals and 25 assists to earn ECAC East First Team All-Conference honors and set a new school-standard in points and assists by a sophomore. She was selected to the ECAC East Second Team last year after establishing a school record with 27 assists as part of a 38-point season. She currently has 108 points on 46 goals and 62 assists in 85 games. All but seven points, including five goals and two assists, have come in a UMass Boston uniform and she currently ranks third all-time with the Beacons in points (101), goals (41), assists (60), multi-goal games (10) and multi-point games (31). She also stands fourth in career game-winning goals (five) and is tied for the most short-handed career goals in school annals with four.

UMass Boston is 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.