In just its second full season of existence the 1981-82 UMass Boston Men's Ice Hockey Team enjoyed one magical season, winning the ECAC Division III championship, while posting a school-best 24-3 (.889) record. The title was the first of any sport at UMB. The campaign was full of inspiring victories for the Beacons as they began the season 4-0, but fell to Division I Army, only to avenge the setback with a 7-5 comeback win at West Point during a school-record 11-game winning streak. UMass Boston would also come from behind to defeat Division II Norwich, 5-3, and later pulled out a 5-4 triumph over Amherst after being down 4-1 going into the third period.
The Beacons closed out their season with nine consecutive wins, including a 5-4 overtime victory over defending ECAC champion Bentley to set the tone for the ECAC playoffs. UMass Boston soundly defeated Amherst in the rubber game of their season series, 8-3, and followed with a convincing 4-1 win over Bentley to capture the ECAC crown behind tournament Most Valuable Player, Don Perdios' four goals in the tournament. UMB's high-powered offense featured a trio of outstanding freshman forwards, who all racked up 50 or more points on the season. Joe McCafferty, who shined all season for the Beacons, established still standing school records in points (77) and goals (42) and tallied an amazing 12 hat tricks for another school mark. The ECAC Rookie of the Year was also selected to the ECAC All-Star squad after leading all league players with 54 points within the conference. Classmate Mark Moran also made an immediate impact, cashing in with 67 points on 32 goals and 35 assists, while Joe Bulens netted 23 goals to go with 28 assists for 51 points. Junior Andy Anisimov split the net duties with sophomore Paul Morrissette. Anisimov's 2.66 goals against average still ranks as the lowest mark in UMass Boston history and Morrissette's stingy 2.23 GAA in ECAC play was the lowest of any ECAC goaltender.
Members of the team include: Andy Anisimov, Joe Bulens, Dan Cronin, Joe Curran, Dennis Doherty (captain), Rich Doherty, Bill Driscoll, Rich Ernest, Sean Feeney, Rick Greene, Tim Hoey, Eric Ilowski, Mike Kennedy, Bill Lennon, Joe McCafferty, Steve McManus, Keith Moran, Mark Moran, John Morgan, Paul Morrissette, Jerry O'Connell, Don Perdios, Louie Roberto, Dave Smith, Ken White, Head Coach Joe Mallen and Assistant Coach James Pontremoli.