Dec. 14, 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 Goalie of the Week for the week of December 7-13, it was announced today by the conference. She earns the award for the second time for her career.

Hallett was outstanding in three games for the Beacons, posting a 2-1-0 record, while registering a 2.27 goals against average in 184:50 minutes of action. The sophomore made 32 or more saves in each of the three contests for 107 stops on the week for a .939 save percentage. A former member of the Connecticut Polar Bears junior team, Hallett turned away 35 shots in UMass Boston's 3-2 victory over ECAC East foe Saint Anslem College on December 8 and came back three days later to shut down league foe New England College with 32 saves in a 3-1 win on December 11. Hallett capped the week with 40 saves and was just 10 seconds shy of remaining unbeaten for the week, before falling in a 4-3 overtime loss at Colby College on December 12.

A graduate of Kingswood-Oxford School, Hallett has started all 10 contests and played in all but seven seconds for the Beacons between the pipes this season. The second-year goalie just set a school record by playing in 323:24 consecutive minutes without a break. Hallett ranks second in the league with 604:43 minutes played, while owning a 3.27 goals against average and places ninth among ECAC East goaltenders with a .915 save mark. The sophomore has been very active, making 32 or more saves in seven of 10 outings to give her 353 for the campaign to rank second among the nation's leaders.

Hallett already ranks among the best goalies in school history, standing second all-time with 934 saves and third in games played (31), starts (29), minutes played (1,802:20) and save percentage .909. The Connecticut native also owns a career GAA of 3.13 to place seventh all-time at UMass Boston. 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.

UMass Boston is currently 5-5-0 on the season, including 4-4-0 in ECAC East play to place sixth in the standings with eight points. The Beacons will be in action again when they host nationally-ranked number seven Lake Forest College in the first round of the Third Annual Women's Ice Hockey Codfish Bowl on January 2 at 4:00 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center on the campus of UMass Boston. Nationally-ranked number 10 Trinity College (CT) will take on Bowdoin College in the 1:00 p.m. match-up.