Feb. 17, 2009

CENTERVILLE, MA - University of Massachusetts Boston women's ice hockey player Maria Nasta (Andover, MA) has been named the Eastern College Athletic Conference East Player of the Week for the week of February 9-15, it was announced today by the conference. It marks the second time in her career that she has earned the honor and the second time this season that a UMB women's hockey player has earned the award with sophomore forward Lauren Duran (Woburn, MA) being named for the week of November 3-9.

Nasta tallied five points to tie her personal-best on a pair of goals and three assists in two games on the week. The center did all of her damage on February 13 in the Beacons' 8-0 victory at Plymouth State College with a pair of goals, including the second short-handed goal of her career, which turned out to be the game-winner and added a career-high matching three assists.

The junior currently leads UMass Boston with 33 points and 22 assists and is tied for the team-lead with five power play scores in addition to being one of two players on the squad with a short-handed tally. Her point-total is the ninth-most in a season at UMB, while her assist tally is the sixth-most and her total of power play scores is fifth-most. A graduate of Andover High School, Nasta also ranks third on the team with 11 goals this season. She is among the nation's leaders ranking third in assists per game with 1.00 and ninth in points per contest with 1.50, while standing 16th with a short-handed goal. You can find her among the ECAC East leaders as well, placing 18th in total goals and tied for first with 16 points (5-11) on the power play and sixth in power play goals. She began the season with an eight-game point-scoring streak, which extended a six-game streak from the previous season to give her a school-record 14 straight outings with at least one point scored. Nasta has registered nine multi-point efforts on the year for the ninth-most in school annals and has three multi-goal games for the eighth-most in school-history.

Nasta transferred to the Beacons from New England College, prior to the 2007-08 campaign and immediately became the team's best offensive threat, racking up 45 points on 20 goals and 25 assists to earn ECAC East First Team All-Conference honors and set a new school-standard in points and assists by a sophomore. She currently has 85 points on 36 goals and 49 assists in 65 games. All but seven points, including five goals and two assists, have come in a UMass Boston uniform and she currently ranks third all-time at UMB in points (78), assists (47), game-winning goals (five) and multi-point games (23). She also stands fourth in career goals (31) and multi-goal outings (seven).

UMass Boston is currently 11-9-2 overall and 10-6-2 in ECAC East play. The Beacons stand in third place in the ECAC East A Division with 22 points and have won 10 or more games in each of their five seasons of existence. UMass Boston will be in action again on Tuesday, February 17 when it hosts Colby College at 7:00 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center.