Feb. 24, 2009

CENTERVILLE, MA - University of Massachusetts Boston women's ice hockey player Rachel Sousa (Woburn, MA) has been named the Eastern College Athletic Conference East Player of the Week for the week of February 16-22, it was announced today by the conference. It marks the third time this season that a UMB women's hockey player has earned the award with junior forward Maria Nasta (Andover, MA) taking the honor last week and sophomore forward Lauren Duran (Woburn, MA) being named for the week of November 3-9.

Sousa tallied six points on four goals and two assists in three games. The sophomore netted a goal and assisted on another in the Beacons' 4-0 victory over New England College on February 20 and registered her first career hat trick to go with a helper in UMass Boston's 5-2 win at Castleton State College on February 23. She became the fourth player this season to record a hat trick for the Beacons and the eighth player in program history.

The forward has played 23 of 25 games for UMass Boston this season, while ranking second on the team with 16 assists and ninth among ECAC East leaders. Her 22 points places her third for the Beacons and her six goals is the fourth-highest total on the team. A graduate of Woburn High School, Sousa has two power play goals and a game-winner on the season as well and has committed just five penalties all season. Her nine (2-7-9) points on the power play rank 15th in ECAC East. She has registered six multi-point efforts this year to rank third on the squad and has put together a pair of three-game point-streaks on the season.

Sousa was named the ECAC East Rookie of the Year last season and has racked up 55 points on 19 goals and 36 assists in 49 career games at UMass Boston. She currently ranks sixth on the career points and assists list at the school and her total of goals puts her seventh. A product of the Chelmsford Lions Junior Hockey program, she has 17 career multi-point outings to place her fourth for the Beacons and her eighth lifetime power play goals puts her fifth among UMass Boston greats. She also has three game-winning scores in her career to place eighth at UMB.

UMass Boston is currently 13-10-2 overall and 12-6-2 in ECAC East play. The Beacons have 26 points on the season and will be the number four seed when they host fifth-seeded Salve Regina University in the ECAC East Tournament on Saturday, February 28 at 2:00 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center.