Jan. 11, 2010

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 January 4-10, it was announced today by the conference. She earns the honor for the second straight award period and the third time for her career. The accolade covers any action last week and during the winter break. She is the only player in school history to garner the award three times in her career.

In three games, Hallett posted a 2-1-0 record, while recording a 1.50 goals against average in 160 minutes of action. The sophomore stopped 101 of 105 shots for an impressive .962 save percentage. Hallett produced, perhaps, the best performance of her career with 43 saves in a 3-1 victory over number six nationally-ranked Lake Forest College in the first round of the Third Annual Codfish Bowl on January 2. A former member of the Connecticut Polar Bears junior team, Hallett came back the next day, in a 3-0 loss in the championship game, to make 40 more saves vs. number 10 nationally-ranked Trinity College (CT) for her third straight game of 40 or more stops. Hallett earned the win with 18 saves in two periods of play in the Beacons' 7-0 win at Saint Michael's College on January 8.

A graduate of Kingswood-Oxford School, Hallett has started all 13 contests and played in all but 20 minutes and seven seconds for the Beacons between the pipes this season. The second-year goalie's school-record of 483:24 consecutive minutes without a break in net came to an end at Saint Michael's. Hallett ranks second in the league with 764:43 minutes played, while owning a 2.90 goals against average and places sixth among ECAC East goaltenders with a .925 save mark. The sophomore has been very active, making 32 or more saves in nine of 13 outings to give her 454 for the campaign to lead the nation. Her save total is already the fifth-most in school annals, while her save percentage is the best mark in school history.

Hallett already ranks among the best goalies in school history, standing second all-time in saves (1,035), minutes played (1,962:20) and save percentage (.914). She also ranks third in games played with 34 and starts with 32. The Connecticut native owns a career GAA of 3.00 to place fifth 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.

The Beacons are currently 7-6-0 on the season, including 5-4-0 in ECAC East play to place sixth in the standings with 10 points. UMass Boston will be in action again when it travels to Middlebury, VT on Tuesday, January 12 to take on nationally-ranked number seven Middlebury College at 4:00 p.m. for its third ranked opponent in its last four contests.