Jan. 25, 2010

CENTERVILLE, MA - University of Massachusetts Boston women's ice hockey player Sam Phillips (Scottsdale, AZ) has been named the Eastern College Athletic Conference East Co-Player of the Week for the week of January 18-24, it was announced today by the conference. She shares the award with Holly Nonis of Manhattanville College. The honor marks the second straight week that a Beacons' player has earned the accolade. Senior forward Maria Nasta (Andover, MA) earned the distinction for the previous week.

Phillips tallied six points on three goals and three assists in two games for UMass Boston. The sophomore racked up a career-high four points with a pair of assists and two goals, including the game-winner coming short-handed in the Beacons' 5-4 victory at University of Southern Maine on January 22. The forward came back the following day to pot another goal and added an assist in UMass Boston's 9-1 victory at Plymouth State University.

Phillips has seen action in all 18 contests for the Beacons and leads the team with 13 assists, a total which ranks fourth among ECAC East leaders and is already the fourth-most in a season for a sophomore in school history. Her 21 points is the second-highest mark for UMass Boston and places seventh in ECAC East. A product of Shattuck Saint Mary's School in Minnesota, Phillips' eight goals for the season put her second on the team and 14th among league leaders, while her short-handed tally ranks her sixth in the nation. She has been one of the most consistent point scorers for the Beacons all season, notching at least one point in 12 of 18 outings and has not gone more than two straight games without a point. She currently enjoys a three-game point-scoring streak that has seen her collect eight points. The Arizona native has also registered six multi-point efforts this year, including a three-assist effort to set a career-best in a 3-2 win over Saint Anselm College on December 8.

Phillips transferred to UMass Boston from rival New England College, prior to this season. She has played in 36 career games, while picking up 35 points on 16 goals and 19 assists.

The Beacons are currently 11-7-0 on the season, including 9-4-0 in ECAC East play to place fifth in the standings with 18 points. UMass Boston will be in action again on Friday, January 29 when it hosts Connecticut College in a 4:00 p.m. tilt at the Clark Athletic Center.