Feb. 1, 2010
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Senior women's ice hockey player Maria Nasta (Andover, MA) has been named a finalist in the preliminary pool of participants to compete at the 2010 Frozen Four Skills Challenge at Ford Field in Detroit, MI it was announced by the NCAA.
Nasta is one of 78 student-athletes comprised of men's and women's collegiate ice hockey players to compete in the Frozen Four Skill Challenge. She is one of 35 women's ice hockey players and one of just 15 female position players. She is also one of just two Division III women's ice hockey players to earn a spot in the preliminary pool.
To help determine the final 32 student-athletes who will participate in the skills challenge, the NCAA is incorporating an online fan-voting element. Fan voting begins on Monday, February 1 by going to http://www.ncaa.com/frozenfourskillschallenge/index.html and will conclude on Monday, February 15 at 12:00 p.m. While fan voting will aid in the selection process, the ultimate decisions will be made by the selection committee by the end of February.
The final roster will be comprised of six skaters and two goalies for the Women's East squad, while six skaters and two goaltenders will also be selected for the Women's West team.
Nasta currently leads UMass Boston with 26 points and 14 goals, while ranking second with 12 assists in 20 games this season. She is among the nation's top 14 in points (14th) and goals (12th) per game with 1.30 and 0.70, respectively.
The Beacons are 13-7-0 overall and 10-4-0 in ECAC East play to give them 20 points and a fifth-place showing in the league standings. They will be in action again on Saturday, February 6 when they host Salve Regina University at 2:00 p.m.