Feb. 24, 2009

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 Rookie of the Week for the week of February 16-22, it was announced today by the conference. This is the second weekly award this season for Hallett, who was named the Goalie of the Week for the week of December 1-7. It's also the third time this season that a Beacons' player has been named Rookie of the Week. Freshman forward Kelly Gillis (Northford, CT) earned the honor for the weeks of November 24-30 and February 2-8.

Hallet posted a 2.67 goals against average in 179:38 of action over three games, while stopping 78 shots for a .907 save percentage. The freshman turned away all 26 shots that she saw to register her second career shutout in a 4-0 victory over New England College on February 20 and made 28 saves in UMass Boston's 5-2 win at Castleton State College on February 23.

A graduate of Kingswood-Oxford School, Hallett has been the team's primary goaltender, playing in a team-high 20 games, which is just one short of the school record and leads the Beacons' goaltending corps with a 2.85 goals against average, while owning a .911 save percentage with 554 saves in 1137:37 minutes of action to rank seventh among ECAC East goalies in save percentage and fifth in minutes played. Her GAA is fourth-lowest mark in a season in program history, while her save percentage is the fifth-best in school annals in addition to a save total that places her third on the single-season list at UMB. Hallett also stands less than 50 minutes shy of the most played in a season at UMass Boston. She has posted an 8-9-1 record on the season and is just one victory short of tying the school standard. A former member of the Connecticut Polar Bears junior team, Hallett has stopped 30 or more shots on seven occasions, including a school-record effort of 56 vs. nationally-ranked Middlebury College on January 20. She is just the third player to post at least two shutouts in a season for the Beacons.

UMass Boston is currently 13-10-2 overall and 12-6-2 in ECAC East play. The Beacons have 26 points on the season and will be the number four seed when they host fifth-seeded Salve Regina University in the ECAC East Tournament on Saturday, February 28 at 2:00 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center.