Jan. 31, 2011

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 23-29, it was announced today by the conference. She earns the honor for the second time this season with the other occasion coming on the week of December 6-12and the seventh time during her career. She is the only player in school history to garner the award seven times in her career.

In her one game on the week, Hallett posted an incredible 47 save effort vs. the No. 10th ranked Manhattanville College Valiants en route to a 3-1 UMass Boston victory. The netminder stopped all 20 shots she faced in the middle period to preserve a 2-0 lead and went on to record a .979 save percentage in the win while also recording her 1,800th career save. The win for the Beacons was their first ever over Manhattanville since the program's inception back in 2003.

A graduate of Kingswood-Oxford School, Hallett has started 13 contests on the year, playing in 774:52 total minutes to rank 22nd in the country among Division III goaltenders while posting a .929 save percentage to rank tied for 19th in the nation. The junior has been very active, averaging over 32 saves per game and combined to make 100 saves in back-to-back games vs. Norwich University (53) and Saint Anselm College (47) earlier in the year.

Hallett already ranks among the best goalies in school history, ranking first all-time in saves (1,827), minutes played (3,420:45), games played (59), and second with a .919 career save percentage. The Connecticut native owns a career GAA of 2.84 to tie for third best all-time at UMass Boston and her six career shutouts total rank tied for first all-time for the Beacons. She set the school standard for minutes played in a season with 1925:49 in 2009-10 and broke the mark for saves in a game with 56 vs. Middlebury College on January 20, 2009.

The Beacons are currently 9-8-0 on the season, including 6-6-0 in ECAC East. UMass Boston is coming off back-to-back wins for the third time this season with victories over Nichols and Manhattanville and will be in action again when it hosts Middlebury College in non-conference action on Tuesday, February 1 at 7:00 p.m.