March 5, 2009

CENTERVILLE, MA - University of Massachusetts Boston women's ice hockey player Maria Nasta (Andover, MA) has been named to the Eastern College Athletic Conference East Second Team, while Hannah Davis (Oakdale, MN) was selected to the Honorable Mention Team, it was announced today.

Nasta was one of the best forwards in the league all season and earns a spot on the Second Team after racking up 38 points in 26 games to rank ninth in the nation with 1.46 points per game, while placing fifth in ECAC East in total points. Her point total was the second-most for a junior at UMass Boston and the sixth-most of any UMB player in season. The junior was named the ECAC East Player of the Week for the week of February 9-15 and finished the season with a school-record 27 assists, which placed her third in the nation with 1.04 per game and second in the league and netted the third-highest goal total for a UMB junior with 11. The center excelled on the power play, totaling 20 points (5-15-20) to top the league leaders and netted five power play tallies to rank 11th in the league and give her the seventh-most in a season ever for the Beacons. Nasta was one of the most reliable point-scorers for UMass Boston all season, notching at least one point in all but seven games and owned an eight-game point-streak to begin the season, adding to a six-game streak to end last season for a 14-game streak to set a new school record. The Andover High School product posted 11 multi-point efforts, including a career-high of five points on two occasions, for the sixth-most multi-point outings in a season at UMB. She also netted two or more goals in three games for the ninth-most in school annals, including her second career hat trick as part of a five-point effort vs. Saint Anselm College on November 18.

In just two seasons, following a transfer from New England College, Nasta has become one of the prolific point-scorers in school history with 83 on 31 goals and 52 assists in 52 games at UMass Boston. She was named to the ECAC East First Team a year ago after setting school marks for points and assists by s sophomore with 45 and 25, respectively, and ranks third on the school's career points and assists list and fourth in goals scored, while ranking third with 25 multi-point efforts and fourth with seven multi-goal outings. Nasta also has five game-winners in her career to place third all-time for the Beacons and is third in career hat tricks. All tolled, the junior has 90 points on 36 goals and 54 assists in 69 games, including her time at New England College.

Davis has established herself as one of the league's best defensemen in just two years, earning a spot on the Honorable Mention squad. The sophomore ranked 15th among the nation's defensemen with 16 points in 24 games for a 0.67 clip and placed third among ECAC East blueliners in total points. Davis was outstanding on the power play with six goals to place 15th in the nation and eighth in the league, while compiling 14 points (6-8-14) on the power play to rank sixth in ECAC East. A graduate of North Saint Paul High School, Davis notched at least one point in 13 contests, including three multi-point efforts. She matched her career-high with a pair of goals to open the season vs. Nichols College on November 7 and collected a goal and an assist at Plymouth State University on February 13 and vs. Colby College on February 17.

Davis has already made her mark as one of the most offensively gifted defensemen in school history with a school-record 34 points in 50 games, including 16 goals and 18 assists. Her career goal total is the 10th most by any player in school annals and her 13 power play goals ranks third all-time at UMass Boston. Davis set the school mark for points in a season by a defenseman last year with 18 and set the record for helpers by a sophomore this season.

The Beacons finished their season with a 13-11-2 record, including 12-6-2 in ECAC East play to match a school-record for conference wins and were eliminated in the ECAC East Tournament quarterfinals to end their season.