Fourth-Line Freshman to Senior Superstar

Dan Campagna | April 06, 2010
Senior forward Maria Nasta finished her career as a three-time All-Conference player.

Senior forward Maria Nasta finished her career as a three-time All-Conference player.

In today's sporting world, athletes change teams all the time. Be it via a trade, free agent signing or even a transfer, athletes are donning new uniforms constantly. Sometimes a change of scenery is just what the doctor ordered. Just look at UMass Boston senior Maria Nasta (Andover, MA). After a disappointing freshman campaign with the New England College Women's Hockey team, Nasta knew it was time for a change. The rookie forward felt trapped in the system, buried on the bench and wanted out. After a year on the fourth line with only seven points on five goals and two assists, a mediocre record of 13-13-1 and a sour taste in her mouth, Nasta decided to pack her bags and transfer to the University of Massachusetts Boston.

"I just never fit in at New England College. Playing on the fourth line was frustrating when all I wanted was a chance to prove myself to someone," said Nasta.

That chance came almost immediately when UMass Boston Women's Hockey head coach Maura Crowell invited Nasta to join the 2007 squad for pre-season workouts.

"That's kind of where it all started," said Nasta. "Everyone in pre-season was very welcoming and wanted everyone on the ice to succeed together. It was the first time I felt like I was part of a real team because everyone was helping the person next to them become a better player. I knew that I'd have a chance to get better here."

Read more on the Beacons Athletics site at www.beaconsathletics.com/sports/w-hockey/spec-rel/032610aaa.html.

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