17 Rachel Sousa
17 Rachel Sousa
Birth Date: 06/26/1989
Height: 5-4
Year: Senior
Hometown: Woburn, MA
High School: Woburn
Position: F

NOTABLES Appointed a tri-captain ... Strong leader that works hard and leads by example ... Has a true knack for scoring ... Very creative player on the ice and will be a key component to creating scoring opportunities

Sousa 2009-10After a quiet start to the season that saw her record only four points over the first 12 games, finished the year ranked second on the team, 10th in the ECAC East and T-50th in the nation with 25 points on nine goals and a team-high 16 assists ... Notched 21 points over the final 15 games ... Her 16th assists ranked sixth in the ECAC East and tied for 31st in the country among Division III skaters ... Scored the game-winning goal in a 9-1 win on January 23 vs. Plymouth State ... Registered seven multi-point outings including four games with three points ... Dished out three assists to match a career-high on January 16 vs. Castleton State in the Beacons 8-0 win ... Scored two goals and recorded an assists for a three point effort in both UMass Boston victories over Plymouth State (1/23 & 2/12) ... From January 8-23, recorded a six-game point streak with in which she netted four goals and dished out 11 assists ... Only committed three penalties on the year.

2008-09: Played in 24 games and ranked second on the team with 16 assists and third with 22 points ... Ranked 12th in ECAC East in total assists and tallied nine points on the power play to place 18th among league leaders ... Named ECAC East Player of the Week for the week of February 16-22 after scoring four goals and adding a pair of assists in three games ... Began the season with seven points on two goals and five assists in the first three games of the year ... Registered her first collegiate hat trick and added an assist to match her career-high for points, including the game-winning goal in a 5-2 victory at Castleton State College on February 23 ... Racked up three assists vs. Nichols College on November 7 to tie her personal-best in the season opener ... Strung together a pair of three-game point streaks during the season ... Named to the ECAC East All-Academic Team.

2007-08: Became the second player in school history to take ECAC East Rookie of the Year honors ... Tallied 33 points on 13 goals and 20 assists in 26 games to rank second on the team in all categories ... Named ECAC East Rookie of the Week a league-high three times ... Ranked third among all NCAA Division III rookies with 1.27 points per game and third among league freshman in total points, while placing 18th among all players in the country in points per game and 11th among ECAC East total points leaders ... Averaged 0.77 assists per outing to place 12th among the nation's leaders, while ranking sixth among league leaders in total assists ... Registered six power play scores to rank 17th in the nation and eighth among ECAC East players and stood seventh in the league with 12 points (6-6-12) with the extra skater ... Potted a pair of game-winning goals to rank 17th in ECAC East ... Enjoyed an 11-game point-scoring streak from January 12 to February 16 to tie for the longest such streak in school-history, while racking up 22 points and being arguably the team's most productive player during that stretch ... Notched at least one point in 17 of 26 contests, while racking up 11 multi-point efforts for the sixth-most in school annals ... Her first season was one of the best for a freshman in school history with her point, goal and assist totals all ranking as the third-highest for a freshman at UMB, while placing her ninth among all players for a season in points, sixth in assists and 10 in goals ... Her power play goal total is also the fourth-most in a season at UMB.

Personal/High School: Earned four letters in ice hockey and two more in soccer at Woburn High School ... Helped the Tanners ice hockey team to three straight Middlesex League Championships from 2004-07 and a pair of State titles in 2004 and 2006 ... Named a captain for the WHS ice hockey squad and was selected to the Boston Globe All-Scholastic team as well as the Boston Herald Dream team as a senior ... Tabbed a four-time Middlesex All-League ice hockey All-Star and named All-Scholastic by the Boston Herald in 2006 ... Born June 26, 1989 ... Daughter of Miriam and Ed Sousa ... Majoring in exercise health science ... Graduated Cum Laude from Woburn High School.