Feb. 1, 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 25-31, it was announced today by the conference. She earns the honor for the fourth time this season and the fifth for her career. She also received the top goalie accolade this season for the weeks of December 7-13, January 4-10 and January 11-17. She is the only player in school history to garner the award five times in her career.

In two games, Hallett was outstanding posting a 2-0 record in two games, while recording a 1.00 goals against average in 120 minutes of action. The sophomore stopped 70 of 72 shots for a gaudy .972 save percentage. Hallett registered her second shutout of the season and fourth of her career with a 40-save effort in the Beacons' 1-0 victory over Connecticut College on January 29 and came back the next day to stop 30 shots in a 4-2 win over Saint Michael's College.

A graduate of Kingswood-Oxford School, Hallett has played in all but 100:07 minutes of action on the season, while making 19 starts for UMass Boston between the pipes this season. The second-year goalie broke the single-season school record, previously held by Amanda Boucher (2003-06), with her 10th save vs. Saint Michael's on January 30 and now has 617 for the year, which ranks third among the nation's leaders. She also stands third in NCAA Division III with 1104:43 minutes played, which is the fourth-highest total in school annals. Hallett owns a 2.72 goals against average, which is the third lowest mark in school history and places sixth among ECAC East goaltenders with a .925 save mark. The sophomore has been very active, making 32 or more saves in 11 of 19 outings, including eight efforts with 40 or more stops. Hallett also set a school-record of 483:24 consecutive minutes without a break in net from November 20 to January 8.

Hallett already ranks among the best goalies in school history, standing second all-time in saves (1,198), minutes played (2,302:20), games played (40), games started (38) and save percentage (.915). The Connecticut native owns a career GAA of 2.89 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 have won 12 of their last 15 games, including a current six-game win streak, which is the third-longest in the nation. They are currently 13-7-0 on the season, including 10-4-0 in ECAC East play to place fifth in the standings with 20 points. UMass Boston will be in action again when it hosts ECAC East foe Salve Regina University on Saturday, February 6 at 2:00 p.m. The contest will be the centerpiece of a "Pink in the Rink" event to help raise support and awareness in the fight against breast cancer.