Feb. 28, 2011
CENTERVILLE, MA - University of Massachusetts Boston women's ice hockey player Leah Hallett (Rocky Hill, CT) has been named to the Eastern College Athletic Conference East Second Team, it was announced by the conference office on Feb. 24, 2011.
The junior is in the midst of another terrific season and had already been named the ECAC East Women's Ice Hockey Goalie of the Week twice this campaign for the weeks of January 23-29 and December 6-12, earning the honor now seven times during her career. She is the only player in school history to garner the award seven times in her career. A graduate of Kingswood-Oxford School, Hallett has started 19 contests on the year, playing in 1,116:21 total minutes to rank 23rd in the country among Division III goaltenders while posting a .926 save percentage to rank second on the conference and 25th in the nation, with the ninth highest total among goaltenders with 500 or more saves. The junior has been very active, averaging over 31 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. On Jan. 29, she was in net for the program's first-ever victory over No. 9 Manhanttanville College, a 3-1 win in which she registered 47 saves. Hallett has recorded 30 or more saves in 10 games this season and also notched her fifth career shutout, posting a 2-0 win over Williams College on Feb. 15 behind a 28 save outing. On the year, she has produced 11 games with allowing two or fewer goals to contribute towards a career-best 2.53 goals against average, which ranks third all-time in UMass Boston annals. Over her last three games, the third-year starter has played extremely well between the pipes, posting a 1.22 GAA and a 2-0-1 mark including a 3-2 overtime victory over Salve Regina on Saturday, Feb. 26 in the ECAC East quarterfinals in Middletown, RI.
Hallett already ranks among the best goalies in school history, ranking first all-time in saves (1,997), minutes played (3,762:14), games played (65), and second with a .919 career save percentage. The Connecticut native owns a career GAA of 2.82 to stand fourth best all-time at UMass Boston and her five career shutouts total rank second 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 14-10-1 on the season and with their 3-2 quarterfinals win over Salve Regina, will make their second consecutive appearance in the ECAC East semifinals. UMass Boston will travel to Northfield, VT to face Manhattanville College, who received four votes in the most recent USCHO.com online poll, on Saturday, March 5 at 12:00 p.m. at Kreitzberg Arena on the campus of the semifinals and finals host, No. 3 Norwich University.